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Proactive Anti-Bullying Activities

Principals should set a clear policy where bullying is concerned—a zero tolerance policy. They also need to set expectations for teachers and staff members. Many principals employ the "You see it, you own it"...
Author: AMLE
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Professional Learning Communities

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A professional learning community (PLC) is more than a group of individuals meeting together to read a common book or discuss a relevant issue. According to Huffman and Hipp (2003), PLCs are a way of working; "a...
Author: Kim K. Ruebel
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Assessment

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Assessment is important for middle level teachers and their students. In fact, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) highlighted curriculum, instruction, and assessment in This We Believe: Keys to...
Author: Robert M. Capraro, Mary F. Roe, Micki M. Caskey, David Strahan, Penny A. Bishop, Christopher C. Weis
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Using Classroom Management to Close the Achievement Gap

While observing in several classrooms recently, I noticed teachers who had outstanding lesson plans, but many of their students had other plans—texting, engaging in sidebars, talking out, and engaging in other...
Author: Charles Beaman
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Building the Bridge to Middle School

Building the Bridge to Middle School

What do you remember from your middle school or junior high days? Your test scores? Your grades? Probably not. You are more likely to remember special occasions and events that made a particularly positive...
Author: Elyse Daniel, Tom Grudowski, and Philip Brown
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A Quick Guide for Inclusion Teachers of LD Students

A Quick Guide for Inclusion Teachers of LD Students

With budget cuts right and left—many aimed at special education—it’s likely that regular education teachers are or soon will be the only instructors for students with learning disabilities. In fact, the 26th...
Author: Kathryn Scarborough
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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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