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Building Students’ Civic Identities

Building Students’ Civic Identities

Analyzing presidential campaign messages to help students become informed citizens

During the middle school years, students are trying to figure out who they are. Their identities are malleable and constantly changing based on different life experiences. Social studies teachers need to utilize...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Ph.D.
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Topics: Teaching
Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Applying the Constitution to an eighth grader

"We the People of the United States..." Seven simple words. Words that were meant to bring unity to a young country that was floundering a bit in its early stages. Words that will get many adults (ages 35 and up)...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Exploring Socially Conscious Themes

Exploring Socially Conscious Themes

A structured activity that engages students in critical thinking through meaningful conversation

When considering exploring socially conscious themes with middle school students, including such topics as racial and social inequality, poverty, environmental protection, and LGBTQ rights amongst many...
Author: Karen Moroz, Ed.D., Jennifer Carlson, Ph.D.
Number of views (1706)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

The power of connection, communication, and a little grace

In mid-March 2020, like many other educators across the United States and around the world, I shifted to emergency remote teaching due to the global pandemic. During the first few weeks I was trying to figure out...
Author: Kasey Short
Number of views (1867)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Four Problems with "Show Me What You Know"

Assessing student knowledge with meaningful, equitable, and student-centered approaches

Some teachers argue that to make assessment as personalized and inclusive as possible, we should just tell students to show us what they know about a given topic or process. For example, if they just studied...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
Number of views (5990)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Assessment
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What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

Four things for educators to consider in support of students

We’re five months into the pandemic and still dealing with many unknowns. We are dealing with whether school will be virtual, face-to-face, or a blend of both, and we don’t yet know the long-term toll...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
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Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Pandemic challenges to schools provide opportunities to invigorate and transform instruction and assessment

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou Blank stares fill the conference room, frustration palpable. "There's no way to do this. Some students are just not going to learn...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

The effects of a monumental shift in the model of schooling

Can you feel it? It’s an educational paradigm shift. Every few years there is a shift in educational philosophy and pedagogy that take the field of education by storm. The COVID-19 pandemic may very well...
Author: Michele Schuler
Number of views (2063)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
The Time is Now: Enacting a More Equitable Middle Level Education for the Success of All Students

The Time is Now: Enacting a More Equitable Middle Level Education for the Success of All Students

Examining and transforming our school and classroom practices

Last spring when teachers, administrators, students, and their families had to abruptly leave our brick and mortar classrooms and shift to COVID-19 schooling (Hughes & Jones, 2020), no one knew what we would...
Author: Hilary E. Hughes, Ph.D., Lisa M. Harrison, Ph.D.
Number of views (3845)/Comments (0)/
Tags: Equity
Middle School Reopening Strategies

Middle School Reopening Strategies

Ideas from a Canadian school on safe school opening this fall

As school districts across the United States and Canada develop guidelines for school opening this fall, there will be varying strategies required. Most school districts are considering one of three potential...
Author: Bill Garner
Number of views (2371)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Leadership
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