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Finding Calm in the Classroom in the Midst of Chaos

Finding Calm in the Classroom in the Midst of Chaos

The difficult news stories of last week left students with added stress and anxiety, and while we tried to help them process questions and emotions, we found our own stress and concerns needing attention, as...
Four Ways Educators Can Meet Middle Schoolers' Social Needs During the Pandemic

Four Ways Educators Can Meet Middle Schoolers' Social Needs During the Pandemic

This article supports the following characteristics from The Successful Middle School: This We Believe: Educators respect and value young adolescents. The school environment is welcoming, inclusive, and affirming...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

Teaching students during COVID

Each year I look for new and creative ways to introduce the content in my class. Each year, the expectation of educating, entertaining, and inspiring my students is my top priority. However, this year…well,...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
How to Build a Resilient School Community

How to Build a Resilient School Community

Three ways to preserve relationships so we emerge stronger together

Right before my son started college, the dean, Kathryn Lively, shared a story with the first-year students. A few years earlier, she had attended a silent meditation retreat where one of the other participants...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Meeting students’ needs by building relationships, identifying learning intentions, and creating success criteria

Even the most experienced educators find teaching to be a challenge. The flexibility required to solve unexpected issues; the immediacy of meeting the needs of each individual student; staying current...
Author: Nicholas J. Leonardi
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Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

The impact of COVID-19 on teen girls and timely, responsive ideas for supporting them

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has upended our country, our economy, and our educational system in a way that none of us have ever experienced or could have imagined. From the immediate impact of stay-at-home orders...
Masked Leadership

Masked Leadership

Five things to help middle school leaders to stay positive and supported

During your career as an educator, you had many discussions with different stakeholders about changing the face of education. You also had multiple sessions about ridding your students of the high-stakes, standardized...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Topics: Leadership
Building the Classroom of the Future

Building the Classroom of the Future

We’re only a couple of months into the academic year, but for many educators it already feels much longer. Teachers are working more hours than ever before, with the added strains of preparing lessons in new...
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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Sudden Shift: Reflections on Online Learning

Sudden Shift: Reflections on Online Learning

Lessons learned about humanity, what’s essential, and being prepared

Managing the shift to online instruction at the outset of a pandemic brings to mind the truth that we can hardly call this a “shift.” It was more of a drastic change and philosophical realignment in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Topics: Teaching
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