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Writing to Learn: Using Poetry in Two Voices

In his 1985 book Joyful Noises, Paul Fleischman compared the life of a queen bee and a worker bee, and poetry in two voices was born. Many teachers since then have taught students to read and write poems in two...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Violence Prevention

A position paper of the Association for Middle Level Education

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) strongly supports President Obama’s call to action to prevent future acts of violence in our nation’s public schools. We especially know first-hand what is...
Author: AMLE Board of Trustees
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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A unit of study can provide a framework that fosters student engagement with writing tasks.

Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook. At the center of students' non-academic writing are their day-to-day thoughts, stories, and...
Bring Class Discussions to Life

Bring Class Discussions to Life

"Beuller? Beuller?" Look in on class discussions today and what you'll see (I hope) is a far cry from the classroom of gaping-mouthed, drooling, blank-faced students in the John Hughes 1986 film Ferris Beuller's Day...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Topics: Teaching

RAFTing with Raptors: Connecting Science, English Language Arts, and the Common Core State Standards

RAFT writing assignments can help students learn content while developing writing and thinking skills.

Forty-five states and three territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and most states are now in the process of implementing them (CCSS Initiative, 2012). CCSS for English Language...
Author: Gary J. Senn, Deborah H. McMurtrie, & Bridget K. Coleman
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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

High stakes tests should assess what the public values from education, but they too often fall short of measuring the many and varied student learning outcomes that actually occur in classrooms. For example, in...
Author: Ed Dickey
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Tags: Math

Make Food Drives Come Alive!

Clever sculptures created from canned goods greeted folks on the walkway from the Providence, RI Convention Center to the Providence Place Mall. Angry Birds scowled at passersby, while a lobster attempted to escape...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Developing Collaboration Skills

Team teachers must develop respectful relationships with each another if they wish their students to exhibit positive relationships with others in their group projects. One cannot model that which one doesn't...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Manage Your Classroom AND Keep Your Sanity

Classroom management is about trial and error; it comes through practice, patience, teamwork, flexibility, quality mentoring, willingness to seek help, and a huge dose of humor. There is no one solution for every...
Author: Jack C. Berckemeyer
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Differentiation in Action: Developing a Logic Model for Responsive Teaching in an Urban Middle School

Research has suggested that differentiation is a responsive approach to teaching rather than a set of strategies. In this study, researchers generated a logic model to describe how members of a two-teacher team...
Author: David Strahan, Jessy Kronenberg, Richard Burgner, Jennifer Doherty, Melissa Hedt,
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