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Polishing Our Sea Glass

Polishing Our Sea Glass

Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing.

When I was a young adolescent, my parents took me and my two sisters, Sally and Betsy, to the shores of Lake Erie. While certainly not a breathtaking ocean with crystal clear waters, Lake Erie was beautiful...
Author: Tom Burton
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Lights, Camera, Literacy!

Lights, Camera, Literacy!

A marriage of film and literacy education provides authentic learning opportunities.

As middle school teachers, we strive to inspire our students to achieve. We constantly seek ways to engage, motivate, and challenge every learner in our classrooms. We want to provide those special experiences that...

Looking Back and Forward

With the school year drawing to a close, I thought it appropriate to look back at key happenings in education policy from the past year while also looking forward to what I see as the most critical time for K–12...
Author: Bob Wise
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Topics: Teaching

The Intellectual Life of Teachers

If we’re not careful, we may lose our intellectual selves. We can grow numb with repeated exposure to ideology and structures built to maintain the school’s status quo. With each passing year, our...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

In most schools, integrated curriculum is more a hit-and-miss practice than a full-scale, all-out commitment. To accomplish the goal of ensuring that “all teachers can identify the connections among ideas and...
Author: Sue B. Vansant
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Effective World Language Learning and Instruction

Effective World Language Learning and Instruction

A few guiding principles can help students learn a second language.

Middle schools across the United States use a variety of models for teaching languages. The strategies range from providing brief experiences in multiple languages across the middle school grades to providing full...
Author: Paul Sandrock
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Topics: Teaching
Communication: Merging Technology and Visual Imagery with Problem Solving

Communication: Merging Technology and Visual Imagery with Problem Solving

Common Core Standards and 21st century skills, with their emphasis on communication through listening and speaking, are a good fit for middle grades students who thrive on interaction. Case in point: my sixth...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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Using SOURCES to allow digital natives to explore the Lewis and Clark Expedition

The authors discuss use of the SOURCES framework to promote authentic learning experiences in a social studies classroom.

Far too frequently, many students find history to be boring, rate it as their least favorite subject, or perceive it as irrelevant (Allen, 1994; Black & Blake, 2001; Jensen, 2001; Zhao & Hoge, 2005). One way...
Author: Scott M. Waring, Cicely Scheiner-Fisher
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Topics: Teaching
It's All in How You Ask the Question

It's All in How You Ask the Question

Helping students develop investigable questions

Children like to explore, wander, and discover new things. This natural curiosity drives their active participation in the process of learning and discovery. Their curiosity sparks questions about unfamiliar...
Author: Krystabelle D. Rodriguez
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Topics: Teaching
Let's Get Physical: Reading and Movement

Let's Get Physical: Reading and Movement

Active reading gets a boost when teachers add movement to the lesson plan.

We often assume that by the time they walk through our doors, middle school students know how to read well. Yet, that’s not always the case. And with the complex text requirements of the Common Core State...
Author: John Helgeson
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