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Students' Choice and Voice in Reading Modes

Students' Choice and Voice in Reading Modes

Audiobooks, eBooks, and print, each play a role in students' personalization of reading

If all my students earned 100% on their reading assessments, but then left my classroom hating reading, I have failed as a teacher. It is not in the Common Core Standards to foster a lifetime love for reading. The...
Author: Sarah Sansbury
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Creating a Mindful Classroom

Creating a Mindful Classroom

Four mindful practices to promote optimal learning in the middle school classroom

With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...
Author: David Hughes
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Equity, Access, and Inclusiveness: Supporting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Young Adolescents in the Mainstreamed Middle School Classroom

Research Summary

Introduction The numbers of deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students mainstreamed in classrooms today is growing (Kelman & Branco, 2009). More than 87% of D/HH students receive instruction in general education...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Patrick Graham
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Handling Confrontation

Handling Confrontation

Addressing conflict head on and with honesty and respect builds a culture of collaboration

Are you ready? It's coming. That inevitable confrontation. It's coming and you know it. You versus them. Head to head. Will you have time to lace up or will it be too late? You play it out in your mind: POW! They...
Author: Shawn Hemminger
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Automation and Robotics in a 1:1 School District

Automation and Robotics in a 1:1 School District

Technology to enhance learning, hone teaching skills, and showcase student learning

My school district recently went 1:1, meaning each student receives their own district-issued Chromebook for use throughout the school year. As an Automation and Robotics teacher, I was interested to see how this...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Professional Preparation and Credentialing of Middle Level Teachers

A position paper of the Association for Middle Level Education

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) strongly supports the specialized professional preparation and credentialing (i.e., licensure, certification, endorsement) of middle grades teachers at both the...
Author: AMLE Board of Trustees
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Don't Give Up the Ghost

Don't Give Up the Ghost

We owe it to our middle school students to be caring, to be present, and to be their advocates

I like to read. Fiction and nonfiction. Mystery. Crime. Middle grades. Biography. Memoir. Political. Children's. Academic articles. Newspapers. Satire. All over the board. I read a lot because inspiration comes from...
Author: Matthew Moulton
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Teaching Today's Students to Be the Leaders of Tomorrow

Teaching Today's Students to Be the Leaders of Tomorrow

A rigorous social and emotional learning program helps students tackle community challenges

As national conversations about immigration, cybersecurity, under-employment, artificial intelligence, and the rapid transformation of our workplace are debated, a daunting question looms: how are we going to prepare...
Author: Peggi Zelinko
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How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

Helping students understand themselves so they can understand the world

Allowing students to see perspectives other than their own is a critical component of transformative learning. In my current teaching environment, I get to see the results of this as students encounter other cultures...
Author: Robert Moreno
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Consider Connections

Consider Connections

Integrating social responsibility across the content areas

During middle school, students begin to strengthen their ideas and beliefs about themselves and the world around them. To become socially responsible citizens, students need the skills to explore controversial issues...
Author: Kasey Short
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