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Quick Activities to Keep Students Focused

Well, it's almost spring. Time to try to get those students to stay in their seats and listen to you. How can you do that? With several different 10- to 15-minute activities. Try these in your English/Language Arts...
Author: Kathy A. Powenski
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Show, Don't Tell: Activities for Image-Driven Writing

Today's students must be able to learn and express themselves in myriad ways, yet reading, writing, and speaking remain the primary vehicles. Thus, language arts still...
Author: Carol Baldwin
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Teaching Student Leadership in an Inner-City School

Leadership training for youth is an investment in our present and future. Yet providing effective training can be challenging in terms of time and curriculum—especially in high-poverty communities, as we...
Author: Joél Lewis, Monica Hunter, and André Green
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Pioneering Middle Level Looping in a K–8 School

Pioneering Middle Level Looping in a K–8 School

A school year ends and we ask ourselves, "What can we do to make next year the best year ever?" Every spring, our K–8 school staff meets to discuss what we would like to do to make our school a better place to teach...
Author: Kay Voyer
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Spice and Surprise for Advisory

An advisory program is a key element for any middle school. Advisory provides that sense of belonging that 10- to 15-year-olds crave. It also offers teachers a chance to discuss with students issues that simply don't...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Teaming Up on Homework

Kids hate homework, parents expect homework, and teachers give homework. But is homework necessary for achievement or academic success? "Homework remains one of the biggest challenges and concerns facing teachers...
Author: Kimberly Campbell
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Tags: Homework

Losing the Fear of Sharing Control: Starting a Reading Workshop

We stood in the empty classroom. Lisa looked up at me. "I couldn't understand what I read last night," she said. I looked at her, speechless. The class was reading a novel, and I wondered why Lisa had been failing...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Parent Involvement

Research Summary

What is parent involvement? Parent involvement is important to the educational success of a young adolescent and yet generally declines when a child enters the middle grades (Epstein, 2005; Jackson & Andrews,...
Author: Elizabeth Pate, Gayle Andrews
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