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Making a Middle School Magazine

Making a Middle School Magazine

A student-produced magazine celebrates middle level student voice.

In October 2015, a team of seven editors—all eighth grade boys at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia—met during lunch to compare two digital publishing platforms. They judged entries for the...
Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Incorporating writing into math helps students understand their thinking.

In the minds of middle grades learners, math and writing typically don't go together. With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) things have changed! If you'd asked me not too long ago about the challenges of...
Author: Rebecca Stelfox
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Humanities in  a STEM World

Humanities in a STEM World

Even the most technical STEM jobs require verbal and written communication skills.

John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, recently wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report entitled "STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future." Engler...
Author: Brittany Durkin
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Encouraging Student Voice Through Writing

Encouraging Student Voice Through Writing

These simple strategies put students' voice in their writing.

Some students come to class ready to engage and offer their voice, but others wish to go unnoticed and remain silent observers to the educational scene. The following is an assortment of creative writing, image...
Author: Jason D. Dehart
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Tags: Writing
Reaching the  Reluctant Reader

Reaching the Reluctant Reader

Turning negative perceptions into positive outlooks.

Common Core State Standards require that students read at complex levels. Guiding students through these increasingly complex materials can be daunting for teachers of mixed ability students, special education...
Author: John Helgeson
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Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

Necessary Noise: The Importance of Collaborative Learning

An old-fashioned radio broadcast encourages deeper reading.

Connections between students, connections between texts and students, and connections between texts and the real world are vital to student learning. In classrooms, one way to make connections is by linking people,...
Preventing Plagiarism: Three Proactive Paraphrasing Lessons

Preventing Plagiarism: Three Proactive Paraphrasing Lessons

You've read it … that one passage in a student research paper that startles you. The sentence structure and vocabulary exceed middle school norms. You raise your eyebrows, shake your head, and take a deep...
Author: Lisa Brennan
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Tags: Writing
Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Speed date a book? Let students give it a try!

Although it's been said that all learning should come from the teacher, sometimes it's the students who do the teaching. In my second year of teaching, Chad, an eighth grade student, taught me my first lesson. Under...
Author: Leta Simpson
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Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Discovering Treasure: Adapting Instructional Strategies to Meet Student Needs

Understanding student needs is only part of the teaching expedition.

I started the group discussion with what I believed to be a rather easy question: "How does the article, 'Rise of the Machines,' connect with your life experiences?" After all, students interact with technology each...
Author: Shelby Notbohm
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Blogging: Writing in the Real World

Blogging: Writing in the Real World

Blogging is real-world writing for an authentic audience.

If you asked my students whether they do a research paper in my seventh grade English class, they would probably say “no”—not because they don't do research, but because they don't do research and...
Author: Jamie Diamond
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