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Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Smooth the transition to middle school with a focus on executive function skills

Increased homework demands. Multiple classes with varied grading systems and discrete homework policies. Intensified extracurricular commitments. These are just a few of the ways middle school tests students' ability...
Author: Rachel Marcus
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Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

STEM starts with the end in mind

By the time students transition to high school, the disparity between girls' and boys' interest in STEM is already evident. Three decades of research show that an average of 15.7% of freshman girls express interest in...
Author: Angela Fuentes
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Topics: STEM
Building Bridges

Building Bridges

A course that honors the middle school transition

On our pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 campus, the move from our lower school to middle school is a mere eight meters. An 11-year-old can make the trip in about 22 steps. Despite a limited physical distance, the...
Author: Susan Butler, Rachel Pregont
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Creating a Smoother Transition Together

Creating a Smoother Transition Together

Increasing student success and support in the transition from middle to high school

Change can be challenging for adolescents, especially given the fact that young people between the ages of 10 and 15 undergo extreme personal developments. Their patterns of thinking, physical maturation, and desire...
Author: Lesley Corner, Fran Rogers
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Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Streamlining the first year of middle school to smooth the transition

What if I told your school administrative team that there is a classroom intervention that does not require substantial increases in staffing, does not require extra funds from the school or district, but still...
Author: Peter Crable, Casey Siddons, Robby Dodd
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The Life and Times of a Sixth Grade Student

The Life and Times of a Sixth Grade Student

A student's words of encouragement to fifth graders anticipating the start of middle school

One year ago, I was sitting in these bleachers just like you, and just like you, I was excited, worried, sad, happy, terrified and everything in between. Now, I stand here before you, and guess what? I'm okay. These...
Author: Annabelle Kier
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Making Middle School a National Priority

Making Middle School a National Priority

The latest science tells us why now and even how to do it

Many people have ambivalent to negative memories of their own middle school years, although there are exceptions. One of the authors of this article was in an "experimental cluster" within a traditional junior high,...
Author: Jason Cascarino, Nancy Deutsch, Abby Gillespie
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Underpinnings of Literacy … Even in Middle School?

Underpinnings of Literacy … Even in Middle School?

Discovering a more caring approach to reading and writing that meets students where they are

One of the worst assumptions I made as a young classroom teacher was that each and every student in my class would possess a fully developed framework for reading and writing in my class. Maybe this was because I had...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Building ELL Literacy through Argument-Driven Activities

Building ELL Literacy through Argument-Driven Activities

Helping students explore their opinions and develop vocabulary

In the Association for Middle Level Education's This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (NMSA, 2010), there is an expressed commitment to helping young adolescents become successful, responsible, global...
Author: Carl Floyd, Jr.
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The Dos and Don'ts of Creating Meaningful Assessments

The Dos and Don'ts of Creating Meaningful Assessments

Designing assessments to analyze teaching and learning

One of the most frustrating parts of teaching for me has been assessments. There have been so many times when I've felt success in learning with my students throughout a unit only to realize they haven't learned what...
Author: Shayna Cooke
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Topics: Assessment
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