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When a Student is Grieving

When a Student is Grieving

National organization offers ongoing support to educators

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (e.g., AFT and NEA), principals, administrators, student support...
Author: Coalition to Support Grieving Students
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Tags: Grief
Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects

Student choice, curiosity, and passion drive inquiry-based projects

Middle schools devote attention to good beginnings such as orientation programs, building tours, and icebreakers meant to ease the transition. But what is the fitting end? Before middle schoolers pack up their...
Author: Seth Weitzman
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Topics: Teaching
LAM, It's the New STEM!

LAM, It's the New STEM!

Creating meaningful learning experiences through language arts and mathematical connections

Examining the Evidence For centuries, traditional American schooling has taken place in isolated silos of math, language arts, science, and social studies. However, once entering the workforce, students find that the...
Author: Sonam Shahani, Katie Castle
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Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Students discover how science and social forces can affect crime scene analysis

We value our young adolescents. Our mission is to provide an exceptional education to students in grades 6–8 and, in particular, "build on our nation's promise of opportunity by exemplifying the role social...
Author: Tracy Hogan, Jennifer Brown
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Topics: Teaching
The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The importance of focusing on relationships, reflection, and retakes

Is great teaching rocket science? No. It's actually far more complicated. Maslow & Bloom The middle school years can be some of the most exciting, yet nerve-racking phases in life. Recent studies have...
Author: Julie Adams
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Topics: Teaching
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Mixed-Ability and Mixed-Grade Literature Circles

Mixed-Ability and Mixed-Grade Literature Circles

Building community, reading comprehension, and student leadership

Tying shoes. A simple activity that's typically performed one or more times daily. Once people learn how to tie shoes, they can do so almost without thinking. One of my favorite activities to do with teachers and...
Author: John Helgeson
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Collaborative, Individualized, and Competitive Learning

Collaborative, Individualized, and Competitive Learning

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Collaborative, individualized, and competitive learning are instructional methods that can be used with the project-based learning approach in middle school, with collaborative learning (sometimes known as cooperative...
Author: David E. Bartz
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Topics: Teaching
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Becoming a Restorative Practices School

Becoming a Restorative Practices School

How one school created a culture focused on improving student behavior

Background For many years educators have used punishment, or fear of punishment, as the primary deterrent to student misconduct. We have tried zero tolerance, excessive use of in-school suspension (ISS) and out of...
Author: Kenneth Cummings
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Diagonal Alignment

Diagonal Alignment

A tool to integrate basic skills across the curriculum

In working with teachers on integration and differentiation, there are a few obstacles that are prevalent in almost every group. Logistics in implementing this approach in a system that is currently used is a common...
Author: Norm Potter
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Grit and Growth Mindset: Deficit Thinking?

Grit and Growth Mindset: Deficit Thinking?

Examining the cultural narrative around these ideologies

As with most things in education, context can be everything. A skill taught in isolation from meaningful context, for example, is rarely learned, and often becomes grist for blaming the student for his lack of...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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