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The Basics of Developing Effective Teams

The life of a middle level teacher is one of continuous challenges. Teachers are charged with curriculum development, lesson planning, data analysis, problem solving, response-to-intervention, and other student...
Author: Dawn Michelle Williams, Leah Kahn, Claudia Whitley
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Top 5 Vince Lombardi Quotes to Inspire Interdisciplinary Teaming

When you join up in the middle grades, you become part of a passionate team. You cherish the middle level playbook because, as it's stated in This We Believe, you "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Teaming, CCSS, and Project-Based Learning

Teaming, CCSS, and Project-Based Learning

Middle school is an energetic and dynamic environment. We should know—we spend our days with 100 fifth through eighth graders on a team at Williston Central School in Vermont called Swift House, named for the...
Author: Juliette Longchamp, Deborah Donnelly
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Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

Integrating Curriculum for Meaningful Learning

In most schools, integrated curriculum is more a hit-and-miss practice than a full-scale, all-out commitment. To accomplish the goal of ensuring that “all teachers can identify the connections among ideas and...
Author: Sue B. Vansant
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Strengthening Teams Through Technology

Today’s middle school teams use a wide range of technology tools to achieve six important goals: to develop their teacher team; to design effective workflows; to establish a strong team culture; to involve...
Author: Penny A. Bishop & John M. Downes
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Becoming a Team

Becoming a Team

Creating and nurturing an effective team takes time—and it's well worth the effort

Just as trapeze artists must trust the workers who man the equipment and set up the nets, so team members must learn to trust each other. One of the main issues and concerns for teams is how to remain consistent and...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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Caring for the Whole Student

Caring for the Whole Student

At Moravia Middle School, each aspect of our program is designed to meet not only our students’ unique academic needs, but their social and emotional issues as well. Our goals could only be achieved by...
Author: Bruce MacBain, Jeff Green, and Rebecca Burtram
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Welcome to Camp Lightning Thief!

The mother of a seventh grade student at Canonsburg Middle School in Pennsylvania sent the following message to Mrs. Wright, a language arts teacher: Just wanted to let you know how much Alex has been enjoying The...
Author: Greg Taranto, Jeremy Kuharcik, & Mindy Wright
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Effects of Interdisciplinary Teaching Team Configuration upon the Social Bonding of Middle School Students

This study compared two configurations of sixth-grade students and core teachers to measure the students' perceived levels of social bonding with their peers, their school, and their teachers. One configuration...
Author: John J. Wallace
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Using Team Time Effectively

The hardest part of taming a team is to keep everyone on task and focused during team meetings. Just as in the circus, a middle school team meeting can have several things going on at the same time. Teachers are...
Author: Jack C. Berckemeyer
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