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Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

Getting to Know Your Students: Inside Room 801

With more testing than ever in years past, I realized that I was forgoing the most important part of my job description, which was getting to know my students. One lazy Saturday morning, an idea came to me while...
Author: Brooke Iverson
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They Need a Hero!

They Need a Hero!

Using hero stories to build academic skills and character in adolescents.

At the heart of every great story is a hero who triumphs over adversity. Hero stories, including Greek myths and legends, empower students with the knowledge that others have faced and overcome similar challenges....
Author: Melissa Baneck, Kenneth V. Anthony
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Wayside Teaching Revisited

Wayside Teaching Revisited

Revisiting the value of informal teaching beyond planned instruction.

Wayside teaching was first introduced in the May 1987 "As I See It" column in the Middle School Journal—30 years ago. Here is a slightly modified version of it, particularly for all those educators who came to...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Teaching Students Responsibility

For as long as humans have lived on Earth, generations of adults have bemoaned the lack of due diligence in the upcoming generation: "They're indifferent and don't work hard," they declare. "We have to teach them...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Students often stop to speak to their school's resource officer (SRO) as she walks the halls of Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples, Florida. Seventh graders routinely ask Corporal Sandra Sprenger of the Collier County...
Author: Greg Richards
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The effectiveness of lunch detention in middle schools.

I’ve heard mixed opinions about the effectiveness of lunch detention in middle schools. Is it appropriate and does it work? Lunch detention is not a harsh punishment, but it does provide students with...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for Life After School

Colleges and employers emphasize the importance of core skills.

Standards writers, curriculum designers, and classroom teachers have spent the past several years clamoring to find ways to revitalize curriculum and instruction and increase rigor in ways that prepare students for...
Author: Jaime Greene
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Middle School, not Junior High

We are a middle school, not a junior version of high school. To be effective in our teaching, we are developmentally appropriate for young adolescents, not for 16- to 18-year-olds nor for 8- and 9-year-olds. There is...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Five Approaches to Optimally Guide Middle Grades Students

Five Approaches to Optimally Guide Middle Grades Students

While the middle grades mark a critical transition period for students, they are often overlooked and underinvested in compared to other grade levels. According to Lynsey Wood Jeffries, the CEO of Higher Achievement,...
Author: Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative
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Leading Learning at  the Middle Level

Leading Learning at the Middle Level

Understanding what makes the middle level different.

As a young child, I frequently made the trip with my parents from our home in Oregon's Willamette Valley to visit relatives in a small town in Washington State. I learned at an early age to recognize that we were...
Author: Patti Kinney
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