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There's an Epidemic Spreading

There's an Epidemic Spreading

How schools can help students understand the risks of vaping

A current United States Food and Drug Administration public service announcement starts with "There's an epidemic spreading…" The ad goes on to provide a visual representation of how smoking e-cigarettes...
Author: Greg Taranto
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No More Assemblies

No More Assemblies

How to make engaging with outside professionals count

An exploding mixture! A cloud in a bottle! Every student's hand in the air to volunteer. Everyone's laughing. Sounds like an educator's dream. But when the dust (or simulated volcano) settles, it is often difficult to...
Author: Vanessa Scanfeld, Vincent Dotoli
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Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Classroom activities that inspire student engagement with social studies content

Best practices in social studies education have changed significantly over the last six years. With the release of the Common Core State Standards and its state variations, along with the C3 Framework by the National...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Three Ideas for Infusing Joy in the Classroom

Three Ideas for Infusing Joy in the Classroom

Students—and teachers—are more creative and open to learning when our classrooms are joyful

As societal pressures intensify and expectations push educators to improve achievement rates, create emotionally healthy environments, and make safety a priority, there is an increasing need to infuse joy into the...
Author: Michelle C. Hughes
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Topics: Teaching
Six Things Teachers Say with Good Intentions ... But Shouldn't

Six Things Teachers Say with Good Intentions ... But Shouldn't

How we are hurting our students when assessing them

Most teachers actively root for their students to succeed. They are often more committed to student learning than the students themselves. Even with the best of intentions, teachers frequently sabotage their students'...
Author: Eric Fritz
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Controversy in the ELA Classroom

Controversy in the ELA Classroom

Healthy discussion and debate can help students navigate uncomfortable moral and social concerns

Perhaps one of the most tenuous places to find yourself in as an educator is the moment a topic is broached in class that has multiple perspectives—particularly when students have an unexpected stance on the...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Topics: Teaching
Diving into Standards-Based Learning

Diving into Standards-Based Learning

Essential steps to developing a standards-based classroom

For too long, assessment has been something that is done to learners, and not with learners. Assessment has the power to build confidence, increase hope, and develop strong, reflective learners when used correctly....
Author: Mandy Stalets
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Topics: Assessment
It's Not About a Trophy for All

It's Not About a Trophy for All

Making sure every student has a fair opportunity to demonstrate academic proficiency

Evaluating student performance using progressive assessment practices seems to have some people misled regarding its purpose. As my district has moved towards standards-based reporting of student progress, we find...
Author: Perry A. Finch
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Topics: Assessment
ReTooling Rubrics

ReTooling Rubrics

Listening to sixth graders to shape positive outcomes for the use of rubrics

With the demand for increased accountability in education today, we must select the most effective assessment approaches to use with our students. Rezaei and Lovorn's article, "Reliability and Validity of Rubrics for...
Author: Julie Quast, Angela Stanford
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Service-Learning and Community Partners Bring Academic Rigor

Service-Learning and Community Partners Bring Academic Rigor

Developing a service-learning project pays off with increased student engagement and empowerment

If you ask many of our middle school students what service-learning is, they often come up with an image of someone on the side of the road in an orange jumpsuit. We are not talking about forced service due to a legal...
Author: Ryan Steuer
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