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Four Ways to Ease Students' Transition to Middle School

Four Ways to Ease Students' Transition to Middle School

How to help students struggling with the move from elementary to middle school

Gena was failing most of her sixth grade classes when she decided to stop going to school. Her mother, Sheryl, called me in a panic. I hadn't talked to Sheryl in years, but we'd grown up together, and she knew I was a...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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After-Reading Response: "I Am" Poetry for Synthesizing Text

After-Reading Response: "I Am" Poetry for Synthesizing Text

How poetry written from a new perspective deepens knowledge and encourages synthesis of new ideas

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Tags: Literacy
Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Being a good leader means taking time for personal reflection

All effective middle school leaders take the time to reflect. In addition to purposeful reflection, the strongest kind of leader will also question themselves, explore their thoughts, and assess their actions in an...
Author: James Davis
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Topics: Leadership
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Diving into 3D Technology

Diving into 3D Technology

Students build and print objects while developing proportional reasoning and technology skills

Each year we explore new and innovative ways to teach middle grades students the foundational concepts and skills they need for algebra such as proportional reasoning. This year, we engaged students in a scale...
Author: Michele Ough, Sarah B. Bush
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Tags: Math

STEM in the Middle Grades

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education continues to emphasize the teaching of skills that are relevant to today's information driven economy (Jamali, Nurulazam Md Zain, Samsudin & Ale...
Author: Premkumar Pugalenthi, Alisa B. Wickliff, David K. Pugalee
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The Spotlight Challenge

The Spotlight Challenge

A design thinking project to inspire the future generation of leaders

Students today are faced with global issues that impact their lives such as bias, political divisiveness, injustice, and mass shootings. These students have the potential to become a generation of leaders that improve...
Author: Kasey Short
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Topics: Teaching
Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Skill building and making connections with themes boosts social studies learning and engagement

There are a number of lessons I have learned in my 20 years as a teacher of American History. Appreciation of history is like a fine wine … the longer you let it sit (the older we get), the better...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Flexible organizational structures place the locus of control in the hands of teachers

Early leaders of the middle school concept established the goal of flexible organizational structures. But what is flexibility? The answer might include The utilization of opportunities to make change The...
Author: Elliott Merenbloom
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This is Not Going to Work for Us

This is Not Going to Work for Us

Modeling gender empowerment and equity in a #MeToo Movement world

Introduction Young adolescent education must be empowering and equitable (NMSA, 2010). While empowerment and equity are at the forefront of middle school educators' minds as they plan their lessons and conduct class,...
Author: Heather Rogers Haverback
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The Young Adolescent State of Mind

The Young Adolescent State of Mind

What neuroscience reveals about our students and how we should respond

In This We Believe, the Association for Middle Level Education stresses the importance of understanding the unique developmental needs of our middle level students in designing appropriate learning environments and...
Author: Nita A. Paris
Number of views (6850)/Comments (1)/
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