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Advocacy and Agency in the Middle Grades!

Advocacy and Agency in the Middle Grades!

The Invisible Elevator in Your School, and How to Make it Work

This week, we're checking out Advocacy and Agency in the middle grades. Normally in this blog, we focus on one word at a time, but I'm going to break that rule and offer up a 2 for 1 special. A buy 1 get 1 free. A...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

And Say Hello to the Letter A for Amazing Middle Grades!

We've checked out several B words that relate to the marvelous, magnificent middle grades, but before we bid adieu to this letter, here's a list of other B words that are worth our time and consideration. What's on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

For the Record. For Every Student We Serve.

When I was in college, I was a radio DJ at WXJM 88.7FM—although only a handful of listeners would know. I worked the timeslots that felt like the air was made of stars and caffeine: 1am-3am and 6am-8am. During...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

Four questions to consider when communicating with parents

Schools and school systems have to work hard to balance the needs of creating student-centered learning environments, leading efforts to shift teacher mindsets and skills, and understanding and implementing efforts to...
Author: Derek L. McCoy, Norman Edwards
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Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

4 Ideas to Consider 4 Change

Why does bullying have such a powerful link to the middle grades? How do we begin to unravel this one? I think understanding bullying and why it has such a powerful link to the middle grades starts by reflecting on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Are You Brave for the Middle Grades?

Are You Brave for the Middle Grades?

Your Altitude is Connected to Your Attitude

What does it mean to be brave? Bravery has many different connotations in the middle grades. First, as most of us who work with young adolescents know, if you go to any party, picnic, or public place and tell people...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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On to the Letter B: Can We Just Let it Be?

On to the Letter B: Can We Just Let it Be?

What Do You Accept and Expect in the Middle Grades?

We’ve worked our way through the letters R and O since we started in September with this blog, and we’ve examined words that fit into the fabric of middle level education. Feeling good? Feeling...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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What's Your Odyssey?

What's Your Odyssey?

Supporting everyone in the middle grades isn't easy, but it's worth it.

Today's word is odyssey—so here's a quick Cliffs Notes review. In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus navigates his way home through punishing seas, tempestuous storms, and loathsome...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The Power of Observation in the Middle Grades!

The Power of Observation in the Middle Grades!

3 Reasons Why Observation is the Key

Observation is more than evaluation, especially in the middle level. Living and working in the middle grades means that we are constantly observing. From a literacy perspective, this means we are always analyzing...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Is It Working in Your Middle School?

The following is an excerpt from the newly released book titled Is It Working in Your Middle School? I highly encourage any middle level educator to access the book and use it as tool for ensuring the success of any...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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