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Teaming Up for a Technology Boot Camp

In January 2013, educators in Ohio's Mentor Public Schools decided to align the district's academic focus to the instructional practices of blended learning. After extensive piloting of a variety of devices, the...
Author: Adam Dudziak, Doug Baker, Ericka Blackburn, Jeremy Shorr
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Topics: Technology
Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Speed date a book? Let students give it a try!

Although it's been said that all learning should come from the teacher, sometimes it's the students who do the teaching. In my second year of teaching, Chad, an eighth grade student, taught me my first lesson. Under...
Author: Leta Simpson
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The Kind of Learning We Need

The Kind of Learning We Need

Empowering our middle school students to make the world a better place.

At Americans Who Tell The Truth, we are eager to stir the hearts and minds of young people towards caring deeply and acting boldly to make our world a better place. Often such initiatives are reserved for experiences...
Author: Nancy Doda
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Topics: Teaching
Are You Ready for an Expedition?

Are You Ready for an Expedition?

Integrating service-learning with the study of science inspires students to explore.

Real-world learning transforms passive observation into well-planned, deliberate action. By studying the environment, students identify connections that inspire questions: What issues affect our environment today? How...
Author: Philippe Cousteau, Cathryn Berger Kaye
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Welcoming Highly Mobile Students

Welcoming Highly Mobile Students

Making students who move from school to school feel welcome.

A Florida newspaper reporter asked me what life is like for the student who moves three or more times a year. So I gave him this scenario, and the conversation developed from there: A Typical Scenario You are a...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Tags: Safety
A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

Designing an orientation for, not about, incoming students.

Every fall, right before the start of school, students from preschool through college attend some sort of school orientation. Orientations provide an overview of what to expect in a new school, including all the...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Student Reflection:  A Tool for Growth and Development

Student Reflection: A Tool for Growth and Development

Weekly reflections guide teaching and learning.

Reflect is what educators do. College professors give value to reflecting on pedagogical practice. Administrators expect us to reflect on our practice in instructional evaluations. Inservice instructors ask us to...
Author: Brooke B. Eisenbach
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Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Creating a balance during classroom discussions.

"Fine! Don't call on me!" My student was obviously upset. I hadn't called on him during the entire lesson. I wasn't trying to be mean or purposely picking on him. I was experimenting with different lesson...
Author: Jared Anderson
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Topics: Teaching

Leveling Up in a Gamified Classroom

Our students, like all students, don't always do what they are supposed to do. Sometimes they talk when they should be listening. Sometimes they don't read directions. Sometimes they have trouble working together in a...
Author: Ashley Fulks, Becca Lord
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Join the Crowd: Building a PLN

The phrase "Teachers work in isolation," has long been used to describe the working conditions of educational professionals, including most middle level teachers. Educators have found ways to solve this problem by...
Author: Christopher S. Weiler
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