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Handling Confrontation

Handling Confrontation

Addressing conflict head on and with honesty and respect builds a culture of collaboration

Are you ready? It's coming. That inevitable confrontation. It's coming and you know it. You versus them. Head to head. Will you have time to lace up or will it be too late? You play it out in your mind: POW! They...
Author: Shawn Hemminger
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Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Growing a culture of inclusion builds bonds and improves opportunities for all students

For the life of me, I cannot remember having a significant interaction in middle school with my peers who had disabilities. I'm not a particularly forgetful person; I have many memories from my small town middle...
Author: Katie Howlett, Nick Cedergren
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Tags: Inclusion
The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

Take time to develop leaders in your school

Welcome to another epic year. I figured it out, and I want you to figure it out, too. Happy people outperform unhappy people. How do I get to that happy place? Climate and culture have a profound impact on student and...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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The Power of Community Circles

The Power of Community Circles

Building healthy relationships in the middle school classroom

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes the importance of creating a successful school for young adolescents that is inviting, supportive, safe, and joyful in order to support students' emotional...
Author: Jamie Silverman
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Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals offer a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and enhanced academics

Musicals can serve as rich sources for student learning, especially when staged at your own school. While musicals are considered entertainment, they can serve as strong curriculum resources. Stage, film, and TV...
Author: Keith Mason
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What Could Middle Schools Learn from Summer Camp

What Could Middle Schools Learn from Summer Camp

Here's what students had to say and what educators can do to have camp-inspired lessons

Middle schools and summer camps play different roles in society. Middle schools are a legally required step in a child's development meant to prepare them for college and career, while summer camps are often elective...
Author: Hannah Kast
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Weaving Gratitude into the Fabric of Everyday Learning

Weaving Gratitude into the Fabric of Everyday Learning

Practicing gratitude is one tool that can help students deal with anxiety, depression, and loneliness

iGen, a term used by generational researcher Jean M. Twenge (2017), is used to describe children born between 1995 and 2012. In her book, Twenge analyzed large data sets to understand the struggles and hopes of this...
Author: Elizabeth Yomantas
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Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Middle Level Students: The Unified Generation

Help our students with and without intellectual disabilities lead the way to socially inclusive schools

Exclusion, discrimination, bullying—all are in the headlines on a daily basis, but change is ahead. It is time for an inclusion revolution, and our middle level students can help lead the way by becoming part of...
Author: Betty Edwards, Leigha Bannon
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Becoming a Restorative Practices School

Becoming a Restorative Practices School

How one school created a culture focused on improving student behavior

Background For many years educators have used punishment, or fear of punishment, as the primary deterrent to student misconduct. We have tried zero tolerance, excessive use of in-school suspension (ISS) and out of...
Author: Kenneth Cummings
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It's Time to Go "Google"

It's Time to Go "Google"

Creating a school culture that champions innovation, rewards teamwork, and values feedback

As a building principal whose days are filled with countless observations, emails, and student interactions, it's easy to forget that there really is a world outside of my wonderful middle school. Over the last...
Author: Chris Iasiello
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