What's New

What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

What Have Rubrics Got To Do With It?

It's time to put your traditional rubrics aside and change the way students learn.

In today's assessment-focused education system, we must change the ways we assess students. Our focus should be on changing our classrooms into environments that are focused on learning with support from teacher...
Author: April Zawlocki
Number of views (16542)/Comments (0)/
Transporting Historical Figures from Past to Present

Transporting Historical Figures from Past to Present

Perspective-writing activities bring "a bunch of dead guys" to life.

To young adolescents, historical figures are a bunch of dead guys. Many students believe the issues, values, and perspectives of the people from the past hold no relevance to their lives in the 21st century. However,...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Nefertari Yancie
Number of views (11516)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
PG-13 and Then Some!

PG-13 and Then Some!

How are middle grades educators supposed to act outside school?

As a middle level educator (since prehistoric times), I am sometimes immune to the many behaviors, antics, and attitudes of early adolescents—those behaviors often interpreted by others as inappropriate,...
Author: Sandy Cameli
Number of views (3488)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching

Middle School, not Junior High

We are a middle school, not a junior version of high school. To be effective in our teaching, we are developmentally appropriate for young adolescents, not for 16- to 18-year-olds nor for 8- and 9-year-olds. There is...
Author: Rick Wormeli
Number of views (28538)/Comments (0)/
Understanding Assessment Changes Everything

Understanding Assessment Changes Everything

A commitment to understanding assessment for learning changed this school's culture.

Much of today's conversations around assessment include discussions about standards-based grading. Missing from this dialogue have been anecdotes about schools that have successfully made the transition from...
Author: Elizabeth Hancock, Lindsay Kilgore, Andrew Maxey
Number of views (13920)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Assessment
Five Approaches to Optimally Guide Middle Grades Students

Five Approaches to Optimally Guide Middle Grades Students

While the middle grades mark a critical transition period for students, they are often overlooked and underinvested in compared to other grade levels. According to Lynsey Wood Jeffries, the CEO of Higher Achievement,...
Author: Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative
Number of views (11989)/Comments (0)/
Teachers Inspire a Call to Service with Lead2Feed

Teachers Inspire a Call to Service with Lead2Feed

Service learning curriculum builds real-world leadership skills while tapping students' talents

Great leaders are not born—but made. History books illustrate how moments in time defined a leader's role. From George Washington to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., these leaders took one small step to lead a larger...
Author: Lead2Feed
Number of views (12100)/Comments (0)/

Social Media for Middle Level Classrooms

Research Summary

Seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff piloted a social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom. By the end of the year, 20% of students school-wide were completing additional assignments for no credit,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Ken Carano
Number of views (41469)/Comments (1)/
Why Awaken the Middle School Voice?

Why Awaken the Middle School Voice?

Middle school voices are not always what their teachers want to hear. Those voices can be high-pitched and rowdy, full of criticism and negativity, whining with complaint, or bent on distracting others, destroying...
Author: Elyse S. Scott
Number of views (16554)/Comments (0)/

SYTA's Educator Boot Camp

All Things Student Travel for the Start-Up or Well-Seasoned Educator

Teachers surveyed in the Student & Youth Travel Digest mentioned students' improved writing skills, increased attention in class, and greater intellectual curiosity among the top 10 effects of participating in...
Author: the Student & Youth Travel Association
Number of views (6204)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching

New Resources