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Young Adolescent Development

Holidays Are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, the chief stressor for students ages 9-13 is school. No middle grades educator is surprised by this, given the factors involved in a student's school...
Author: Judith Baenen
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

A Turtle’s Journey

During the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English conference a couple of weeks ago, I was walking around the spacious grounds of the event between sessions when I did something regretful and then noticed something...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Social Revolution Through Sports

Social Revolution Through Sports

Sports can be a powerful catalyst for breaking down barriers.

In eighth grade, co-author Brian Quinn played on one of his district's ice hockey teams, which included students from different social circles. He was not in one of the "popular" groups at his school, but being a...
Author: Brian Quinn, Betty Edwards
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Looking at Executive Function

It was bright orange and boxy. I had used it repeatedly to "catch air," plowing over snow piles at high speed in school parking lots during the winter. Doing these stunts was safe, I reasoned: It was the family...

What's Your Preference? Young Adolescents and Learning Styles

Learning styles are an integral part of each student's learning process, so to provide effective instruction, every teacher should be aware of the variety of learning styles represented in their classrooms. When I...
Author: Terry O'Gorman
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What's Best for Kids? Tips for Parents

The first tip is thinking ahead... One of our best tools as parents is being prepared. As your son or daughter gets to the middle school years, get ready for at least occasional conflicts. Think through what is truly...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Why Kids Need To Be Bored: A Case Study of Self-Reflection and Academic Performance

This case study involved three middle school students in an assessment of the influence of self-reflection on general academic performance. It was hypothesized that increased self-reflection would have a positive...
Author: James D. Williams
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Self-Esteem Changes in the Middle School Years: A Study of Ethnic and Gender Groups

The current study investigated how ethnicity and gender affect changes in the self-esteem of early adolescents during the middle school years. Self-report data were collected from more than 4,000 early adolescents...
Author: Sue K. Adams, Jennifer Kuhn, & Jean Rhodes
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Creating Your Own Destiny: Teaching the Importance of Effort

Creating Your Own Destiny: Teaching the Importance of Effort

Lynn is an eighth grade student struggling through several of her courses; pre-Algebra is her biggest challenge. Until now, she has gotten by with acceptable grades, but this year she has found her classes much more...
Author: Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A unit of study can provide a framework that fosters student engagement with writing tasks.

Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook. At the center of students' non-academic writing are their day-to-day thoughts, stories, and...
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