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Below the Surface of Learning Potential

Let's face it: Teachers can control their instructional practices, their classroom environment, and the relationships they develop with students and encourage among students, but these elements are just the tip of the...
Author: Maryl Greer Domina
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Topics: Teaching

Speaking a Common Language Across the Curriculum

State standardized test scores at Cedarbrook Middle School in the Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) School District had been stagnant for several years and the achievement gap within our school dismayed and disheartened all...
Author: Sarah M. Stout, Peggy Cooper, Heather Blumberg, Linda Roeder, Jamie Osea, and Kevin Burke
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Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications

"Let me give you a math story problem." This sentence often strikes fear in many middle grades students as well as some teachers. As international comparisons, national commissions, and state assessment results...
Author: Alan Zollman
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Tags: Math

Looping

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The complexity and magnitude of changes young adolescents experience during the middle school years are profound. Providing them with a learning environment that fosters the development of meaningful relationships is...
Author: Nicole L. Thompson, Dana Pomykal Franz, Nicole C. Miller
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Service-Learning: The Time Is Now

Service-Learning: The Time Is Now

Have you noticed the groundswell of volunteerism during the past few years? In 2006 alone, 60 million Americans dedicated 8.1 billion hours of service to community organizations. More recently, President Obama has...
Author: Cathryn Berger Kaye
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Student-Led Conferences: Involving the Most Important Player

"Your son's average is a low C. His grade is not as high as it should be, primarily because he is not turning in his homework, and I am not sure he is studying for tests. I was hoping you could shed some light on...
Author: Shawn A. Faulkner and Christopher M. Cook
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3, 2, 1, Engage: The Carver Academy Mars Simulator

Students carry a stack of textbooks into the classroom and sit in their rows of desks. Mr. Jones pulls up his PowerPoint and leads the class through the content that will be on Friday's test. Next week will look...
Author: Jim Heston
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Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs

In the middle of an ordinary day in an ordinary Los Angeles school, four middle school students shared fascinating insights in response to the question, "Does advisory help you feel connected to school?" Without...
Author: Sarah Brody Shulkind, Jack Foote
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Service-Learning

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Service-learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful, community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility (Shumer & Duckenfield, 2004). Learning...

10 Steps to a Safer School

Academic rigor, achievement on standardized tests, character education, and student behavior will always be important topics, but above all, parents want their children to come home safely and in the same physical...
Author: James Davis
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