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Building Students’ Civic Identities

Building Students’ Civic Identities

Analyzing presidential campaign messages to help students become informed citizens

During the middle school years, students are trying to figure out who they are. Their identities are malleable and constantly changing based on different life experiences. Social studies teachers need to utilize...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Ph.D.
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Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Applying the Constitution to an eighth grader

"We the People of the United States..." Seven simple words. Words that were meant to bring unity to a young country that was floundering a bit in its early stages. Words that will get many adults (ages 35 and up)...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Exploring Socially Conscious Themes

Exploring Socially Conscious Themes

A structured activity that engages students in critical thinking through meaningful conversation

When considering exploring socially conscious themes with middle school students, including such topics as racial and social inequality, poverty, environmental protection, and LGBTQ rights amongst many...
Author: Karen Moroz, Ed.D., Jennifer Carlson, Ph.D.
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Topics: Teaching
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
Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Upsetting the Apple Cart Not Always a Bad Thing

Pandemic challenges to schools provide opportunities to invigorate and transform instruction and assessment

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --Maya Angelou Blank stares fill the conference room, frustration palpable. "There's no way to do this. Some students are just not going to learn...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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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
Do Your Instructional Materials Support an Uncertain Return to School?

Do Your Instructional Materials Support an Uncertain Return to School?

A resource for reflection and planning

Right now, school systems across the country are planning for a variety of possibilities for the fall: in-school, remote learning, or a hybrid approach. The truth is we just don’t know what school will look...
Author: Jess Box
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Questions Before Opening Schools

Questions Before Opening Schools

Real issues, realistic solutions

With so many things happening in our world and in our country, now is the time to talk about some of the transformational changes that need to occur within our schools. Each facet of society will need to make changes...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer, Kim Campbell, Dedra Stafford
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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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