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Are You Helping or Hurting Your Students?

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Students?

When should you let students struggle?

What’s wrong with these kids? Do they really think we’ll hold their hand? This isn’t elementary school! I treat mine all the same. And you know what? It’s sink or swim. How are they going...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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For the Love of a Story

For the Love of a Story

Everyone loves a good story. Stories excite and energize. They comfort and bond. They spread optimism and goodwill, and they take the listener unexpected places, teaching important and often surprising lessons....
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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Strengthening Teams Through Technology

Today’s middle school teams use a wide range of technology tools to achieve six important goals: to develop their teacher team; to design effective workflows; to establish a strong team culture; to involve...
Author: Penny A. Bishop & John M. Downes
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An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

It seems like everywhere you turn, you can find a study that says that the teacher is the number one factor impacting student achievement. No kidding, right? I think many of us in the field have known this for a long...
Author: Krista M. Venza
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With Intentional Slowness

With Intentional Slowness

The Nature of Middle Level

When Robert Frost wrote "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," he probably wasn’t thinking about the educational lives of young adolescents. And as the speaker in Frost’s poem trotted through the snow...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Teaching
Self-Directed Learning Through Reflection

Self-Directed Learning Through Reflection

Goal setting and action plans help students become more confident learners.

It’s 1 p.m. I have just given my sixth grade science class an assignment reviewing several concepts and key vocabulary words related to energy. The students are free to use their textbooks, past assignments, and...
Listening to the Data

Listening to the Data

Students are talking to you through their assessments. Are you listening?

Teaching and assessing today’s students is just not the way it used to be. Why? Because the students are not the way they used to be. To be effective educators, we need to consider the students who sit in our...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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Topics: Assessment
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Beyond Today's Assessments

For years, teachers have rightly complained that tests encourage them to focus on a narrow set of knowledge and skills rather than the broader set of abilities they know their students need. Now, however, the testing...
Author: Bob Wise
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Topics: Assessment

Perseverance and Grit

In every country in the world, we elevate those who endure, especially against overwhelming odds. We exalt politician William Wilberforce, who led a challenging campaign to end all slavery in the British empire. We...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching
From Reading to Understanding

From Reading to Understanding

There's an alarming gap between middle school students' ability to read words and their ability to comprehend texts across various disciplines, according to "Adolescent Readers in Middle School," a white paper from...
Author: AMLE
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