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The Young Adolescent State of Mind

The Young Adolescent State of Mind

What neuroscience reveals about our students and how we should respond

In This We Believe, the Association for Middle Level Education stresses the importance of understanding the unique developmental needs of our middle level students in designing appropriate learning environments and...
Author: Nita A. Paris
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Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

How educators can help students repair damaged relationships and make behavioral changes

The eighth-grade girl approached Tom Adams in the cafeteria. "Dylan just asked out Samantha as a joke," she said. "Now he's laughing about it with his friends, and Samantha is sitting at our table crying." Adams, the...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Classroom strategies for using literature to help students with daily struggles

It didn't take long to realize Marissa was not going to be focused on the day's lesson. Shortly after arriving in class, she took her seat, placed her head in her hands, and started crying. She shared that her best...
Author: Brooke Boback Eisenbach, Kenzie Moniz, Robert Forrester
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The 3 S's of the Middle School Mind

The 3 S's of the Middle School Mind

Middle school students are going through a difficult stage of life. Here are three things educators should keep in mind.

I hated middle school. It seemed like a cruel joke almost 20 years ago that the only job I could find was teaching remedial English to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. When I tell my students that I hated middle...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

10 ways to develop middle schooler's social-emotional skills

Hanna's adoption was never a secret. It was a fact of life, like her black hair and her fear of spiders. She didn't give it a lot of thought until she turned 13. At the beginning of seventh grade, she desperately...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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The Boy in the Middle

The Boy in the Middle

The social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of middle schoolers

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes that attending to the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs and assets of middle school children is central to their intellectual development....
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Molly Mee
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Triage, Not Emergency

Triage, Not Emergency

Watching for even the small details can create a responsive culture that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of students

I bet you didn't know that you signed up to be a triage nurse now did you? Meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students is a lot like working the triage desk in a busy hospital. The...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Help Your Students Combat Cruelty by Making Kindness Go Viral

Four ideas to encourage middle schoolers to choose kindness

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on intentionally fostering kindness and practicing peer respect. We don't want youth to simply not do the wrong thing, but do what is right instead—treat their...
Author: Sameer Hinduja
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Tags: Guidance
When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

When This 7th Grader Lost All His Friends

The one bold move that evoked their compassion

Sean sat in the big gray chair in my office, his head between his knees. "I have no friends anymore," he said. I handed him a box of tissues and he wiped his eyes. "No one will talk to me. If I try to sit at someone's...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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How can I help my students keep organized amidst so many distractions at home and at school?

This is part 4 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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