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Flexible Grouping in the Classroom

Remember the Fibonacci sequence? It's a series of numbers in which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and so on. One of the most fundamental concepts in...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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A Strong Commitment to Student Success

In December 2007, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Michigan faced a dilemma: how to revise the 30-year-old pre-referral process that identified students for special education services. The old process—Student...
Author: Lora E. Stout, Carol-Lyn McKelvey, and Susan Matz
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Classroom Management Strategies for Difficult Students

Promoting Change through Relationships

Teachers in middle level schools face overwhelming demands and challenges in their classrooms. They are expected to know content and pedagogy, develop engaging lessons that meet the needs of diverse learners, and use...
Author: Mary Ellen Beaty-O'Ferrall, Alan Green, Fred Hanna
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Get Away from Grading and Get Students Learning

Why do we grade? Is it to sort students by perceived ability? To measure learning? To engage students? To fail students, because not everyone can or should be successful? To satisfy parents and others in the...
Author: Paul Barnwell
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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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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

Research Summary

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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