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Exploring Science Through Fine Arts

Exploring Science Through Fine Arts

Integrating the fine arts into science instruction promotes differentiation and encourages exploration.

The middle school years are a pivotal time in students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for science, according to the National Science Teachers Association. Science must be something that students do, not...
Author: Judy Beck, Laura Kaufmann, & Cece Toole
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Improving Collaboration

Improving Collaboration

Strong family-school collaboration can help all students succeed.

Decades of research confirms that positive parental involvement is critical for students’ success in school, and federal policy mandates effective programs at all school levels; however, parent involvement often...
Author: Darcy J. Hutchins
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Encouraging Students to Embrace Academic Challenges

Encouraging Students to Embrace Academic Challenges

As I introduced a new geometry topic to my sixth grade class, one of my students immediately reacted to my mention of a new skill—classification of solid figures—by blurting out, “Again? We know...
Author: Sandra Vorensky
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The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

Data from past and present middle level programs and practices supports middle school concept as key factor in highly successful middle schools The early 1900s marked the beginning of American education moving from a...
Author: C. Kenneth McEwin and Melanie Greene
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Bending Over Backward

Bending Over Backward

Teaching about Idioms

Have you ever told a student she "dropped the ball" on an assignment? Do you encourage your students by telling them to "reach for the stars" or "go for the gold"? Your native English-speaking students likely...
Author: Melanie W. Greene
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Essential Attribute #3: Empowering—providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their lives. As I was walking in a parking lot recently, I spotted this small plant growing...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Empathetic Consciousness

­­If there is one adolescent trait that I value and quite frankly bet on every time, it is that adolescents are among the most resilient creatures on earth. This resilience is catalytic in their growth, and in helping...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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Looking at Executive Function

It was bright orange and boxy. I had used it repeatedly to "catch air," plowing over snow piles at high speed in school parking lots during the winter. Doing these stunts was safe, I reasoned: It was the family...
Making Connections with Advisory

Making Connections with Advisory

Relationships are among the most important elements of student success.

Middle grades students are small, medium, and big bundles of morphing cells. Just walk through the halls of a middle school during class changes and you will realize how unsure they can be about their physical...
Author: Ellen D'Amore
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Boosting Your Morale

Boosting Your Morale

Feeling defeated? Rekindle your passion for teaching.

We know we have the best job on earth: reaching and inspiring the minds and hearts of today’s youth, shaping the future with each young mind we educate. Yet, we all have days when we feel the tremendous pressure...
Author: Brooke B. Eisenbach, Jennifer M. Denmon, Taylor W. Sampson, Theresa Rice, & Camille A. Dayley
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