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What We Say Matters

What We Say Matters

Invest in daily positive talk for lasting returns.

As educators, articulating our thoughts to middle school students can be one of the toughest things to do. There is a delicate balance between saying what we mean and saying the right things to produce positive...
Author: Shauna F. King
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

Practices to support teachers.

"What's the point, Mrs. Adams?" asked Brian. I will never forget the confused yet honest look on my 8th grade student's face when he asked me this question after I had concluded my riveting lecture about the causes...
Author: Julie Adams
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Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Teacher collaboration and shared decision-making.

In the midst of monumental changes and innovative learning strategies, raising the degree of teacher voice in our schools is needed now more than ever. While many improvement processes and strategies have come on the...
Author: Neil Gupta
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Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

We know that young people have a lot to gain from volunteering. But a recent study suggests the personal benefits are greater than you might expect. Prudential Financial's Spirit of Community Initiative surveyed...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Integrating global issues in the middle school math classroom makes math come alive and engage the students in a very effective way. As the Asia Society so eloquently puts it, "Math is a powerful tool for global...
Author: Alessandra King
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Topics: Teaching
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Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices

The new 3 Rs—respect, responsibility, and relationships.

What does discipline look like in your classroom? In your school? How do those who have been harmed have a voice in the discipline process? How do students with repeated behavioral issues get support? What Is...
Author: Brandie Oliver
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Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Ideas for creating an environment for elementary and middle school teachers to collaborate

One of the highlights of my first year at West Rowan Middle School was helping organize a collaborative opportunity between our sixth grade teachers and the fifth grade teachers at our feeder schools. This was the...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

How your teaching philosophy can guide inspiration and creativity in the classroom

One of my first mini-lessons in my fifth-grade language arts and social studies class is to have my students write a six-word memoir. For this assignment, students have only six words to share the most important thing...
Author: Stephanie Stoebe
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Getting Students Excited about Analytical Writing

Getting Students Excited about Analytical Writing

Imagine students wanting to improve their writing—just because!

What if students improved their writing because they wanted to, not just to get a good grade? What if their motivation to do better was fueled by teacher conferences and quick feedback? That fantasy could be closer...
Author: Joy Mushacke Smith
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History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

History Alive: Engaging Students in Cosplaying

Weaving the fun of cosplaying with social studies gives history a life of its own.

Every summer, thousands of comic book fans make the trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, for HeroesCon. During this three-day convention, hundreds of fans dress up like Batman, Stormtroopers, Spiderman, Iron Man, taking...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
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