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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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Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Getting to the Heart & Sole of Young Adolescent Girls

Young adolescent girls gain the skills and tools they need to reach their potential.

Neuropsychologist Dan Siegel, in his book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, describes adolescence as a time of increased elasticity in the brain. The emotive part of the adolescent brain is...
Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Finding a Common Language Through Relationships

Establishing supportive relationships helps students truly thrive.

How effectively are we communicating with our middle school students? As a middle school counselor, I often step back and think: Am I speaking to fill the space? Is what I am saying applicable. Most important, do I...
Author: Andrea M. Salvo
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New Perspectives on Student Engagement

New Perspectives on Student Engagement

Do you remember Judith Viorst's story about Alexander, who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? For some middle school students, each day of the school year is an Alexander kind of day as defeat after...
Author: James Hall
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Babysitting: Benefits Inside and Outside the Classroom

Babysitting: Benefits Inside and Outside the Classroom

Middle school is a transition time for tweens and young teens who may be ready to move on from elementary school but still have much to learn about responsibility and self-reliance. Guiding students toward these...
Author: Grant Hansen
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Spotlight on Lead2Feed

We asked Debby Dodge, grant manager for Lead2Feed/Lift a Life Foundation, a series of questions about the important part service learning and common vision play in developing caring, compassionate young...
Author: AMLE
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The Importance of Early Adolescence

As schools around the world prepare to celebrate Middle Level Education Month in March, we wish to bring you enduring words of wisdom from Dr. John Lounsbury, a middle level education advocate and founding member of...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

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Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, 10- to 15-year-olds, experience...
Author: Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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Mitigating Factors: Negative Neighborhoods and Student Learning

Mitigating Factors: Negative Neighborhoods and Student Learning

We can't give up on students who are struggling just to survive.

There probably isn't an educator alive who hasn't heard—or made—comments like these: Too bad his momma is in jail! He never had a chance. If she just wasn't from that neighborhood! Why does he hang...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Are You Helping or Hurting Your Students?

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Students?

When should you let students struggle?

What’s wrong with these kids? Do they really think we’ll hold their hand? This isn’t elementary school! I treat mine all the same. And you know what? It’s sink or swim. How are they going...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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