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The Challenge of Advisory and Why it's Worth the Effort

The Challenge of Advisory and Why it's Worth the Effort

Successful advisory programs can have significant positive impacts on student engagement

Does this sound familiar? Advisory programs? What a waste of time! Students just goof around. Advisory programs? Great idea, but who's going to put it together? I'm way too busy already. Advisory programs? What...
Author: Matt Pearsall
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How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

How Where We're from Colors Our View of the World

Committing to our students' stories is an investment in their success

I'm a sucker for a good Taylor Swift song. As a 32-year-old middle grades educator I feel confident enough to put that in writing, especially in this venue. The weeks before I began teaching outside of Houston, Texas,...
Author: Matthew Moulton
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Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

Engaging the Quiet Highly Capable Learners in Your Classroom

Exploring instructional strategies that engage introverted students

Everyone has heard the idiom, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." In our busy, sometimes hectic classrooms, our squeaky wheels—our most extroverted and outgoing learners—are most likely to attract the...
Author: Patricia Clendening Buzzerio
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Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

A teacher's guide to planning a high-interest, engaging writing project

Three years ago an eighth grade class of mine had a blog project called "Dear Terrorist" where students researched their topics and wrote letters to anyone considering (or participating in) a decision that could harm...
Author: Dominic Carrillo
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STEM Leadership Academy

STEM Leadership Academy

Bringing STEM careers to middle school students

Middle level education is currently placing an emphasis on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes into curriculums around the nation, as well as involving more students in STEM...
Author: David Paperno
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Topics: STEM
Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Offering diverse texts as well as justice-focused critiques of traditional literature

On the first day of school in Chicago, I encountered a room full of Iraqi, Nepalese, and West African refugee students. Timid, cautious, and nervous, they sat in Room 34 with visible trepidation. Someone with an equal...
Author: Alex Lacasse
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Culture & Community

As I dig my fork into the characteristics in the category of Culture and Community in This We Believe, I am drawn to the one that states "Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Cognitive Coaching: Training for All Teachers

Assessment expert Dylan Wiliam says that student thinking is the primary goal for descriptive feedback. He contrasts that goal with what often happens when teachers use judgement instead of feedback with students:...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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How can I help my students keep organized amidst so many distractions at home and at school?

This is part 4 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Get Real: Worthy Curriculum for Worldly Adolescents

Helping students make sense of issues that concern them

In September 2015, a haunting image of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi circulated the world, mostly via social media. His lifeless body on the shores of Turkey was a confronting and emotive image for the average adult. For...
Author: Rachael Williams
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Topics: Teaching
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