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Equity, Webcams, and More

Equity, Webcams, and More

Consider the connection to equity when asking or requiring students to have their cameras on

Sustainably and systemically focusing on equity (everyone gets what they need), diversity (the combination of people of different backgrounds), inclusion (everyone is invited in and feels they belong), and justice...
Author: Jen Cort
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How to Survive and Thrive Teaching Middle School Virtually

How to Survive and Thrive Teaching Middle School Virtually

Advice from an online teacher

When you tell your friends you teach middle school, do they cringe and follow with “It takes a special person to teach middle school”? Or, if you are from some areas of the south, you get a “Bless...
Author: Melissa Martin, Stacie Pettit, Ph.D.
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Topics: Teaching

Ending the School Year Remotely

The final weeks of the school year are full of bittersweet reflection on special memories and mixed feelings about the year to come. Students come together to say goodbye to their classmates for the summer, the first...
Author: AMLE
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Topics: Teaching

Equity in the Virtual Classroom

On a normal school day, you could walk into any middle school classroom in the world and find a group of young people with a wide range of experiences and identities, all in a unique moment of their development as...
Author: AMLE
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Creating Norms When Nothing is Normal

Creating Norms When Nothing is Normal

The value of setting a learning framework with student input during remote learning

Norms are the patterns of behavior defining how we treat each other, ourselves, and our shared spaces. Norms exist in all physical and virtual classrooms. We often create norms at transition points such as the start...
Author: Jen Cort
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Topics: Teaching
Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Four ways educators can lean into discomfort

To get from Reno to Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, a school official had to drive me up 6,500 feet of steep, narrow roads lined with snow banks. The air thinned as we ascended above the clouds, so...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Tools for rehearsing responses to expressions of bias and racism in ourselves and others

An hour later, I had a list of all the things I should have said but didn’t. My colleague had failed to notice racist elements in her comments in the department meeting. In the moment, though, I was...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Physical movement helps students engage in, investigate, and understand mathematics concepts

Introduction Young adolescents undergo more rapid and profound changes than at any other time in their development (NMSA, 2010). Adolescence is a pivotal stage for cognitive, social-emotional, and...
Author: Deborah McMurtrie and Bridget Coleman
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Engaging middle schoolers in local issues helps them apply knowledge and become informed citizens

Environmental science knowledge intertwined with cultural practices have ripple effects that impact many aspects of society. For example, the increase in the use of fertilizer and practices of overfishing have...
Author: Lise Falconer
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Topics: STEMTeaching
A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

Enriching the curriculum and boosting middle school student engagement with the arts

We don’t need statistics to know that a curriculum lacking in arts is boring, but too often when budgets are cut, the fun parts of being in school for children are the first to be eliminated. The notion that...
Author: Leila Kubesch
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