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STEM: The Misunderstood Cousin of PBL

STEM: The Misunderstood Cousin of PBL

How STEM pedagogy is adaptable and accessible in any classroom

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is the current teaching practice being implemented in classrooms to develop 21st century skills and engage students in a deeper level of learning by presenting authentic, complex problems...
Author: Michele Schuler
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Topics: STEM
Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Help our students with and without intellectual disabilities lead the way to socially inclusive schools

Exclusion, discrimination, bullying—all are in the headlines on a daily basis, but change is ahead. It is time for an inclusion revolution, and our middle level students can help lead the way by becoming part of...
Author: Betty Edwards, Leigha Bannon
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Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Is There Enough of You in Your Teaching?

Defining your classroom and inspiring students by honoring your own voice and interests

As I look around the classroom, I'm reminded of all the things I like about teaching. Photographs feature our ongoing service project, and displays highlight our unit on globalism. I've also created a modest space...
Author: Carolyn Bunting
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Going Beyond School

Going Beyond School

Connecting school and community in project-based learning

It's easy to stereotype "kids these days." Always on their phones, always taking selfies, tethered to a virtual world but disconnected from the real one. If you don't work with kids, or know what is happening in...
Author: Rachel Mark, Katy Farber
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Silent Mentoring

Silent Mentoring

A strategy to embrace all students

I started my teaching career in high school English for two years before I transitioned to middle school, or what I always referred to as teaching-topia. I taught seventh grade for nine years, and during that time I...
Author: Katie Novak
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When a Student is Grieving

When a Student is Grieving

National organization offers ongoing support to educators

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (e.g., AFT and NEA), principals, administrators, student support...
Author: Coalition to Support Grieving Students
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Tags: Grief
Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects

Student choice, curiosity, and passion drive inquiry-based projects

Middle schools devote attention to good beginnings such as orientation programs, building tours, and icebreakers meant to ease the transition. But what is the fitting end? Before middle schoolers pack up their...
Author: Seth Weitzman
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Topics: Teaching
LAM, It's the New STEM!

LAM, It's the New STEM!

Creating meaningful learning experiences through language arts and mathematical connections

Examining the Evidence For centuries, traditional American schooling has taken place in isolated silos of math, language arts, science, and social studies. However, once entering the workforce, students find that the...
Author: Sonam Shahani, Katie Castle
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Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Students discover how science and social forces can affect crime scene analysis

We value our young adolescents. Our mission is to provide an exceptional education to students in grades 6–8 and, in particular, "build on our nation's promise of opportunity by exemplifying the role social...
Author: Tracy Hogan, Jennifer Brown
Number of views (7924)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The 3 Rs for Middle School Success

The importance of focusing on relationships, reflection, and retakes

Is great teaching rocket science? No. It's actually far more complicated. Maslow & Bloom The middle school years can be some of the most exciting, yet nerve-racking phases in life. Recent studies have...
Author: Julie Adams
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Topics: Teaching
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