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Beyond Today's Assessments

For years, teachers have rightly complained that tests encourage them to focus on a narrow set of knowledge and skills rather than the broader set of abilities they know their students need. Now, however, the testing...
Author: Bob Wise
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Topics: Assessment

Perseverance and Grit

In every country in the world, we elevate those who endure, especially against overwhelming odds. We exalt politician William Wilberforce, who led a challenging campaign to end all slavery in the British empire. We...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
From Reading to Understanding

From Reading to Understanding

There’s an alarming gap between middle school students’ ability to read words and their ability to comprehend texts across various disciplines, according to “Adolescent Readers in Middle...
Author: AMLE
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Why Johnny Can't Sing, Dance, Saw, or Bake

For decades we’ve heard why Johnny can’t read, write, or do simple math. Whenever there is a crisis in American education, we tend to rally the troops to make drastic changes so Johnny can finally learn...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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The Battle over Student Engagement

I can’t claim to be a major history buff, nor can I recite all of the major battles of the European Campaign in World War II. But I have learned one important lesson from war movies such as Saving Private Ryan...

Holidays Are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, the chief stressor for students ages 9-13 is school. No middle grades educator is surprised by this, given the factors involved in a student's school...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Accentuate the Positive

I began coaching when I was still in high school—training classmates for their respective sports, coaching at summer camp, and working with kids in the neighborhood. Fortunately, I had some great role models...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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Topics: Teaching
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Impressions

Impressions

The Nature of the Middle Level

When I walk, I frequently forget to look down. My eyes scan trees and the sky for signs that nature is still talking to me through its elaborate language. This tendency to look up can be a hazardous habit for a number...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Courageous Gardening

The Nature of Middle Level

Kudzu is a vine that was imported to the United States from Asia many years ago, and it remains a steady feature of the southern landscape today. It was brought to our shores because people were drawn to its broad,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Promoting Young Adolescent Readers

Literacy initiatives have led to a steady increase in fourth grade reading scores since 1999, but according to research, the literacy levels of 13- and 17-year-olds have remained static for almost 40 years. Why do...
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