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3 Tips for Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

3 Tips for Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills

Students need strong speaking and listening skills to succeed in school and beyond.

There is truth to the old adage "what is tested, is taught," particularly in the past several years of assessment mania. The question we need to be asking ourselves, though, is what "test" are we preparing our...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Parent Involvement

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What is parent involvement? Parent involvement is important to the educational success of a young adolescent and yet generally declines when a child enters the middle grades (Epstein, 2005; Jackson & Andrews,...
Author: Elizabeth Pate, Gayle Andrews
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Mentoring Needs Nurturing

On a walk in my neighborhood, I passed by a relatively uneventful river birch standing near the sidewalk in the sunshine. I almost looked the other way when I spotted an interesting relationship happening in the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Conference Takeover: Students in Charge

Located in the northern district of Stanly County, North Carolina, New London Choice Middle School is a small K–8 school that enrolls only 353 students, yet the student body represents a wide spectrum of academic...
Author: Samuel A. DePaul & Sandra E. Carter
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Let's Get Physical: Reading and Movement

Let's Get Physical: Reading and Movement

Active reading gets a boost when teachers add movement to the lesson plan.

We often assume that by the time they walk through our doors, middle school students know how to read well. Yet, that’s not always the case. And with the complex text requirements of the Common Core State...
Author: John Helgeson
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Formative Assessment Practices in Successful Middle Level Classrooms

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One of the hallmarks of middle level education is the process of understanding students and responding to their needs. In recent years, researchers have stressed the role of assessment in this process. As expectations...
Author: David Strahan and Carrie Rogers
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PBL: Learning How to Learn

PBL: Learning How to Learn

Project-based learning is about more than "doing projects."

We teach children to ask questions at a very early age, then we send them into the secondary school classroom where we ask them to quietly absorb information without questioning it. Project-based learning (PBL)...
Author: Rachel Erickson
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The Value of Homework

The Value of Homework

Homework or not? This is a dilemma teachers struggle with every year and a topic that is tackled in an article in the September issue of AMLE Magazine. I think we all agree that homework should not be assigned just...
Author: Johanna Ibarra
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Soaring to New Heights

One of the primary goals of education is to encourage, support, and facilitate students' academic and personal achievement. Eighth grade students at Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School in Springville, New...
Author: Joseph Karb
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Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

Filling Our Jars with Middle Level Rocks

When I was young, my mother often asked me, "What are the big rocks in your life?" Before I could answer, she would lovingly pat my back or squeeze my hand and remind me to take my time and answer only after deep...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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