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What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?

Asking—and listening—to our students pays off

Last night I saw the play Dear Edward Hansen with my 14-year-old eighth grader, Zoey. It's amazing, of course, but one thing that really struck me was the audible sobbing during the show. This is a play about a...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Taking the time to help your students navigate the highs and lows of adolescence

By the time Catie, 14, stormed out of her last class of the day, she felt disconnected from her emotions. She had no idea how deeply she'd been impacted by a minor fight with her mother on the way to school. In...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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After-Reading Response: Taking Readers Back to the Book & Sharing What We Read

After-Reading Response: Taking Readers Back to the Book & Sharing What We Read

Returning to the text invites deeper learning and understanding

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

A Best Practice Is Always a Best Practice

How a chat with a former student reinforced and reaffirmed good teaching practices

I walked into a local business yesterday and stood in line waiting my turn. As I stood there, I knew that I recognized the face and the voice of the customer service representative eagerly assisting others. As I...
Author: James Davis
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The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

Take time to develop leaders in your school

Welcome to another epic year. I figured it out, and I want you to figure it out, too. Happy people outperform unhappy people. How do I get to that happy place? Climate and culture have a profound impact on student and...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios

Collecting student work to keep track of and reflect on accomplishments

Recently, I offered a workshop in my district to teachers interested in creating digital portfolios of student work. My initial focus for the presentation was the digital concept of portfolios, but as I made my way...
Author: Kerry MacDonald
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On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

How neuroscience can help us connect with adolescents

Reading about the teenage brain is one thing, crawling inside the mind of an adolescent is quite another. As a veteran of adolescence and a current scholar of teenage education, I can now look back at my own...
Author: Molly Jordan
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A Calm Classroom Community

A Calm Classroom Community

Being proactive by communicating expectations of classroom behavior

No need for a bull horn, the students could hear me shouting just fine. My voice was so hoarse after my first year, it sounded like I was constantly coming down with whooping cough. Expectations? Oh, my students were...
Author: Victoria Lentfer
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Classroom Protocols

Classroom Protocols

Fostering relationships, management, and learning with expectations and structures

Classroom management is essential in structuring an environment conducive to learning. Sprick (2009) explains that educators need to understand how to shape behavior so they "can make effective decisions and take...
Author: Shanna R. Speakman-Spickard, Kristina Collier
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Care, Consistency, and Content

Care, Consistency, and Content

The 3Cs of classroom management in the middle school English language arts classroom

Introduction You can be the greatest teacher of English language arts content but never be able to teach it if classroom management issues plague your classroom. The fact of the matter is that good classroom...
Author: Sharonica Nelson
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