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Why I Teach

Why I Teach

Building a safe space for students—and you, as teacher—to grow and learn

Ms. Bunting, It has been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years. Having you in my life has been such a joy. Specifically, English 4 was, by far, the best thing to happen to me at Peak to Peak. You...
Author: Monika Bunting
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Success is a Non-Negotiable

Success is a Non-Negotiable

Seven best practices for planning and implementing effective lessons

The following seven items showcase best practices, and in many cases, they are considered non-negotiables for the most effective educators. These non-negotiables are practiced by excelling teachers and expected by...
Author: James Davis
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Dot to Dot

Dot to Dot

Lessons that are rich in arts are engaging, but how do you bring art into the classroom?

To afford students the time and space to analyze, create, and synthesize … these are the ultimate goals of education, and as such, they are the reasons why we must not only invite the arts into core classrooms,...
Author: Myia Cowles
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Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals offer a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and enhanced academics

Musicals can serve as rich sources for student learning, especially when staged at your own school. While musicals are considered entertainment, they can serve as strong curriculum resources. Stage, film, and TV...
Author: Keith Mason
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Middle School Matters!

Middle School Matters!

When a whole school district decides to make middle level education a priority, amazing things happen

The relatively low priority for middle level education is a nearly universal condition particularly well known to those engaged in educating young adolescents. These passionate educators are committed to pouring...
Author: Andrew Maxey
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Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

Embracing Dialects in Middle School English Class

A variety of voices in literature helps students recognize themselves in text and connect with others

I will start with an understatement: Now seems as apt a time as any to begin conversations about multiculturalism and marginalized populations in the classroom. A stance of cultural respect opens opportunities for...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Trade books and classroom activities help students see the positive impact one person can have

Change. A six-letter word bandied around a lot. Politicians use the word every election cycle to argue for the need of the electorate to select new leaders. In a democracy, change means so much more. Citizens have the...
Author: Katie Thomas, Deborah Wooten, Jeremiah Clabough
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A Journey for Content Area Literacy Development and PLCs

A Journey for Content Area Literacy Development and PLCs

How to engage teacher teams in whole-school literacy and learning improvement

It's 7:30 Tuesday morning and groups of teachers are sitting in their first meeting of the year for their professional learning communities (PLCs). Thick binders filled with colored tabs and volumes of files of...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Changing student motivation from being disruptive to being successful

Working with students who typically haven't been very successful in the classroom can be a challenge. Luckily, there are a few simple approaches to take that will help you motivate those reluctant learners from day...
Author: Darren Barkett
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Making School Work Right

Making School Work Right

An update on a district-wide transformation of middle level education and technology for learning

In our article titled "Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology," we shared how our district has approached systematic growth by intertwining twin focuses on middle level education and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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