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Ready ... Set ... Grow!

Imagine, if you will. . . It is the first week of a new school year, and a group of about 50 middle school teachers is lingering around the library having coffee and catching up after summer vacation. The principal...
Author: Cecily Anderson
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Collaborative Scheduling: Teams Redefining Time

“My goal is to eliminate the schedule and for your team to sit down together and decide how you want to use the instructional day.” When our administrator made this statement, we laughed, but we were...
Author: Jennifer Smith and Nancy Cooper
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What's in Your Bag of Tricks? Differentiating Instruction with Alternative Assessment

What's in Your Bag of Tricks? Differentiating Instruction with Alternative Assessment

Assessment is a tricky thing. Many people, including educators and students, hear the word assessment and think “test.” However, assessment is much more than that—it’s a way to gather,...
Author: Patricia A. Lutz
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Maximizing Counselor Involvement in a School-wide Approach to Student Success

Maximizing Counselor Involvement in a School-wide Approach to Student Success

When you think about guidance counselors, do these words come to mind: isolated, unaccountable, uninvolved, inaccessible, or out of touch? Counselors can have the reputation of being reactive crisis workers who...
Author: Rebecca Bloom, Jennifer Goodstein, and Erika Huck
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The Use of Common Planning Time: A Case Study of Two Kentucky Schools to Watch

Interdisciplinary teams with common planning time have been a hallmark of the middle school organizational structure since the 1960s, yet research on the effective use of common planning time is limited. This study...
Author: Christopher M. Cook, Ph.D., Shawn A. Faulkner, Ph.D.
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Topics: Research

"I Feel Like I'm Safe Again:" A Discussion of Middle Grades Organizational Structures from the Perspective of Immigrant Youth and Their Teachers

As the number of immigrants and refugees grows in the United States, the linguistic and cultural diversity that comprises the middle grades classroom continues to increase. Given the need for resources and specific...
Author: Kathleen Brinegar
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How Might Middle School Students Be Involved in Classroom Curriculum Planning?

Many educators support the idea that young adolescents should and can be involved in classroom curriculum planning. Such involvement could include helping to determine curricular goals, content, methodology,...
Author: AMLE
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Topics: Curriculum
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Helping ELLs Master the Dreaded Word Problem

Helping ELLs Master the Dreaded Word Problem

Dean has a recipe for lemonade. To make 14 servings, Dean will need 4 cups of lemon juice. How many ounces of lemon juice will Dean need if he wants to make 35 servings? Students in the United States are taught to...
Author: Diana Picchi Cwynar & Susan Hewett
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Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Located in the northern district of Stanly County, North Carolina, New London Choice Middle School is a small K–8 school that enrolls only 353 students, yet the student body represents a wide spectrum of academic...
Author: Samuel A. DePaul & Sandra E. Carter
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Joining Forces for the Future

Joining Forces for the Future

Collaboration is one of the essential attributes of successful middle grades schools. The benefits of working together are apparent in the joint efforts of a small midwestern college and an urban middle school to...
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