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Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Mixing Up the Teams: All Students Deserve the Very Best

Why tracking based on ability means everyone loses.

Let's say we have two soccer teams. One is populated by all of the strongest, fastest, toughest, athletic students. These kids attend practice every day after school and work out on their own in the evenings and on...
Author: Krista Venza, Nancy Doda, Robert Salladino, Jonathan Treese
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Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Offering diverse texts as well as justice-focused critiques of traditional literature

On the first day of school in Chicago, I encountered a room full of Iraqi, Nepalese, and West African refugee students. Timid, cautious, and nervous, they sat in Room 34 with visible trepidation. Someone with an equal...
Author: Alex Lacasse
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Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

Helping Students Become a Better Version of Themselves

As a family and consumer science teacher at the middle school level, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program lessons seem to blend seamlessly into my curriculum. Some of the major units of family and consumer...
Author: Allison Silverman
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Prep-Once Activities

Prep-Once Activities

Bust worksheets and lectures with these activities you can reuse many times over.

We've all experienced it—you look up from your lesson to notice a virus spreading among your students. First one, then three, and before long, the whole class is overtaken. It's a zombie virus ... the virus of...
Author: Katie Powell
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Topics: Teaching
Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents

Speed date a book? Let students give it a try!

Although it's been said that all learning should come from the teacher, sometimes it's the students who do the teaching. In my second year of teaching, Chad, an eighth grade student, taught me my first lesson. Under...
Author: Leta Simpson
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Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

Set High Standards for Your Students and for Your Lessons

How your teaching philosophy can guide inspiration and creativity in the classroom

One of my first mini-lessons in my fifth-grade language arts and social studies class is to have my students write a six-word memoir. For this assignment, students have only six words to share the most important thing...
Author: Stephanie Stoebe
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Wayside Teaching Revisited

Wayside Teaching Revisited

Revisiting the value of informal teaching beyond planned instruction.

Wayside teaching was first introduced in the May 1987 "As I See It" column in the Middle School Journal—30 years ago. Here is a slightly modified version of it, particularly for all those educators who came to...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Let It Go

Let It Go

Create an instructional shift by letting go of these dated mentalities

"Student-centered" is just one set of new buzzwords in the education world. I remember sitting in a professional development session watching a video of students conducting the class with very little input from the...
Author: Vanessa Gibson
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Topics: Teaching
Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Pick Me! Pick Me! Experimenting with Discussion Interventions

Creating a balance during classroom discussions.

"Fine! Don't call on me!" My student was obviously upset. I hadn't called on him during the entire lesson. I wasn't trying to be mean or purposely picking on him. I was experimenting with different lesson...
Author: Jared Anderson
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Topics: Teaching
Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

A teacher's guide to planning a high-interest, engaging writing project

Three years ago an eighth grade class of mine had a blog project called "Dear Terrorist" where students researched their topics and wrote letters to anyone considering (or participating in) a decision that could harm...
Author: Dominic Carrillo
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