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Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

As we begin to draw the curtain on another school year, many of us take time to rest, to reflect, and to read—books we didn’t have time to check out all year, novels that we heard about but couldn’t...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A teacher sends her students to high school with some words of advice.

With only a few days left with my students, I’m thinking how far they have come in their reading and writing skills this year. Their final writing assessment has actually been a pleasure to grade. But now, I...
Author: Judi Holst
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The Courage It Takes

There’s a great story about General Westmoreland that reminds us what can happen if we are brave with each other. The general was reviewing a line of paratroopers and decided to talk to three of them. "Son,"...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

Flexibility, Failure, and Forging Ahead

The beginning of any new year makes me stop and assess where I’ve been, where I am, where I’m going, and why. It also makes me think about how we help create new paths for ourselves as educators and for...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

Spread the Word ... Share the Learning!

The sessions... The speakers... The tweets... The conversations... The strategies... The ideas... The attendees! All of these ingredients (and more) made for a thrilling and informative recipe in Nashville at...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Day a Seventh Grader Gave Me the Bird

The Day a Seventh Grader Gave Me the Bird

I'll never forget the time a seventh grader gave me the bird. When I caught him and the gesture, it changed me as a middle school teacher. And somehow it reminded me of the middle school characteristic that states,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Inspiration
Polishing Our Sea Glass

Polishing Our Sea Glass

Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing.

When I was a young adolescent, my parents took me and my two sisters, Sally and Betsy, to the shores of Lake Erie. While certainly not a breathtaking ocean with crystal clear waters, Lake Erie was beautiful...
Author: Tom Burton
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Excellence vs. Mediocrity: What’s Your Choice?

Excellence vs. Mediocrity: What’s Your Choice?

“If I demand excellence from my students, I must first demand excellence from myself.” I often meditate on these words. As classroom educators we always want our students to excel at what they put their...
Author: Kelsey Eursery
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Connecting with the Larger World

Connecting with the Larger World

You belong. We do this with you, not in spite of you. You can trust me not to humiliate you and to keep you from humiliating yourself.

These are the messages in action or in word that students want to hear daily from teachers. To promote these themes, we give students positions of responsibility and the know-how to do them: running the daily...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Do We Still Believe?

Some things we as educators choose to forget: situations and events such as troublesome students, disastrous meetings with parents, or ugly disputes over which grade level gets to read (or has to read) Beowulf. Other...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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