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The Enduring Power of Rituals

The Enduring Power of Rituals

Well-designed rituals encourage student participation and are an important part of school culture

Picture it. Twenty-four Grade 8 students are standing on one side of a creek, high in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California. Water rushes by, melted from the mountains behind them. This is the last day of their...
Author: Chris Balme, Roberto d'Erizans
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Student-to-Student Discourse in an Online Environment

Student-to-Student Discourse in an Online Environment

Giving students the opportunity to engage intellectually with their peers

Online learning has quickly assumed a front-and-center position in high schools and colleges, having already been predicted to transform higher education forever. For younger students, its potential is less clear....
Author: Deanna Kuhn, Mariel Halpern
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Topics: Teaching
Middle School: A Critical Moment

Middle School: A Critical Moment

Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met

As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With...
Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

The power of connection, communication, and a little grace

In mid-March 2020, like many other educators across the United States and around the world, I shifted to emergency remote teaching due to the global pandemic. During the first few weeks I was trying to figure out...
Author: Kasey Short
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Topics: Teaching
E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

The effects of a monumental shift in the model of schooling

Can you feel it? It’s an educational paradigm shift. Every few years there is a shift in educational philosophy and pedagogy that take the field of education by storm. The COVID-19 pandemic may very well...
Author: Michele Schuler
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Topics: Teaching
Middle School Reopening Strategies

Middle School Reopening Strategies

Ideas from a Canadian school on safe school opening this fall

As school districts across the United States and Canada develop guidelines for school opening this fall, there will be varying strategies required. Most school districts are considering one of three potential...
Author: Bill Garner
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Topics: Leadership
A Template for PLC Conversations during Distance Learning

A Template for PLC Conversations during Distance Learning

I am encouraged to look for the silver lining. Last Spring, when schools closed their doors for the 2019-2020 school year, in most cases without proper goodbyes, a silver lining was hard to find. As schools prepare...
Author: Anthony S. Golding
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Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Teaching Remotely

Read about burnout, back-up plans, and the surprisingly sweet moments of connection teachers have experienced firsthand in our “Zooming In” interview series. In this series, four teachers share their...
Author: AMLE
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Topics: Teaching
A View from the Ground

A View from the Ground

Middle school teachers navigating online teaching in the time of COVID-19

In March 2020, most school districts in the US moved to fully online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this radical and unprecedented change, middle school teachers have had to adjust to the...
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Ariana Lulli, Gina Ethe, and J. Elisabeth Mesiner
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Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Suggestions and considerations for principals

As educational leaders look to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the only thing for sure is the uncertainty of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. How school opens will largely be based on the situation in...
Author: David Straffon, Elliot Y. Merenbloom
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Topics: Leadership
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