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ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

ABCs of the Letter O in the Middle Grades: Openness

O My!

Welcome back to the middle grades parade through the alphabet. Don't you feel proud that you made it through letter R? You should. And, once again, because young adolescents are rarely linear in nature, we're going...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Letter R: Final Thoughts

The Letter R: Final Thoughts

Get Ready for the Next Letter!

Before I bid adieu to the letter R, I know that I’ve failed with this first list of words. But I’m all right with that. As an educator who believes that knowledge is constructed and created by dialogue...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The R of Resilience & Grrrrit in the Middle Grades

The R of Resilience & Grrrrit in the Middle Grades

From Monologue to Dialogue

So now we're ready to tackle Resilience. This R word has been used so much recently in the middle grades that it's almost become passé—whether you call it by its formal name or by its colloquial...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Things Learned—or Affirmed—as a Middle School Mom

Things Learned—or Affirmed—as a Middle School Mom

Confessions of a former middle school principal.

As a life-long middle school advocate, I have always known and valued my students as their teacher and school leader, but recently I became a middle school mom. As a parent, many of my beliefs about doing what is...
Author: Kate M. Cassada
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The Love Bubble

The Love Bubble

Using writing as opportunities for students to grieve and grow.

Teachers are perpetual students. Each day we learn some new piece of information from a book, an article, or a podcast, but we often learn a great deal more from our students. This following story is inspired by an...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Food for Thought: Developing the "Whole" Young Adolescent

Every educational meal we create must begin with a redefinition of achievement. We typically equate achievement with grades, testing, and GPA scores. However, we know that if we place too much focus on numerical or...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

A Prefix that Fixes

We've checked out Red. We've reviewed Relationships. Now we've got "Re-." True, it's a prefix and not, therefore, a complete word in itself ... but work with me because young adolescents need the "Re-". And, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

We know that young people have a lot to gain from volunteering. But a recent study suggests the personal benefits are greater than you might expect. Prudential Financial's Spirit of Community Initiative surveyed...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

Time to bask in the warm, effervescent glow of another R word as it pertains to middle level education! Here it is: Relationship. It is almost impossible to think about middle level education and not simultaneously...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Minor Threat, Seeing Red and School Improvement

What songs come to mind when you think about early adolescence? What artists helped you navigate those often turbulent waters and also helped you celebrate the wonderful wilds of the middle grades? Who's on that...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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