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Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

5 Tips to Support Students and Staff in the Grand Narrative

Homework vs. no homework. Soft skills vs. hard skills. Chunky vs. smooth peanut butter. BYOD vs. low tech. Axe body spray vs. breathing normally. Ugh. I typically avoid writing or speaking about binary relationships...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership
If You Take a  Mouse to School…

If You Take a Mouse to School…

Implementing Disney principles in middle schools.

From theme parks to movies, the Walt Disney Company is world-renowned for the high caliber of its customer experience. And, while many perceive how well they do what they do to be Disney "magic," it's not magic at...
Author: Mark Mambretti
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What Can Middle Level Leaders Learn from the Student Experience?

As a central office administrator, I valued time in schools talking informally with students. One year I went to a school every Tuesday to assist with student supervision while teachers met in professional groups....
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Google Can Do What? Five Activities to Engage Students

Google Apps, now called G Suite, is really catching on in classrooms around the United States and beyond. But the way we think about its tools, such as Docs, Sheets, or Slides, is stuck in first gear. It is easy for...
Author: Matt Miller
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Professional Learning Communities: A Kaleidoscope of Opportunities

A kaleidoscope contains mirrors and colored glass, pebbles, or beads whose reflections create complex patterns of frequently changing colors and shapes when rotated. The vibrant and intricate images, generated by...
Author: Kathleen McCaffrey
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Developing a School Vision: What Utensils Do You Use?

Many people have a misconception that administrators are the only definitive leaders in a school, and while they do hold degrees in leadership, they do not hold sole possession of the trait itself. Rather, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership
Transition to High School: The Student Perspective

Transition to High School: The Student Perspective

Transitioning in and out of middle school is a process that millions of students have done since the inception of the middle school concept. Middle school is a transitional time for all students, and students make...
Author: James Davis
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Motivating Young Adolescents: What's Your Recipe?

Motivating Young Adolescents: What's Your Recipe?

How to Keep Middle Grades Students Motivated in the Edu-Kitchen

If you read last week's moving, marvelously humble post about Mulch, you know that we've moved from the letter C to the letter M in the ABCs blog. Before we put the next M word in the cognitive crockpot, let's use our...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Teaching

Beyond Cool Garb

T-shirt literacy and social justice education for diverse adolescent learners.

Graphic T-shirts have always had a special place in my life. One of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet is an old "Schoolhouse Rock!" T-shirt. The shirt features the old PBS television show's classic logo...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Leadership Lessons to Help Middle Schools Blossom and Grow

It's finally spring—and time for blossoming, growing, flourishing, and mulch. That's right, mulch. For anyone unaware of the joys of mulch, mulch comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can buy it in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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