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Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

Re- revisited in the Middle Grades

A Prefix that Fixes

We've checked out Red. We've reviewed Relationships. Now we've got "Re-." True, it's a prefix and not, therefore, a complete word in itself ... but work with me because young adolescents need the "Re-". And, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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What We Say Matters

What We Say Matters

Invest in daily positive talk for lasting returns.

As educators, articulating our thoughts to middle school students can be one of the toughest things to do. There is a delicate balance between saying what we mean and saying the right things to produce positive...
Author: Shauna F. King
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

Practices to support teachers.

"What's the point, Mrs. Adams?" asked Brian. I will never forget the confused yet honest look on my 8th grade student's face when he asked me this question after I had concluded my riveting lecture about the causes...
Author: Julie Adams
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Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Using the Teacher-Based Team Process to Raise Teacher Voice

Teacher collaboration and shared decision-making.

In the midst of monumental changes and innovative learning strategies, raising the degree of teacher voice in our schools is needed now more than ever. While many improvement processes and strategies have come on the...
Author: Neil Gupta
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Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

Everyone Benefits when Middle School Students Volunteer

We know that young people have a lot to gain from volunteering. But a recent study suggests the personal benefits are greater than you might expect. Prudential Financial's Spirit of Community Initiative surveyed...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Understanding the Election Process through Math in Middle School

Integrating global issues in the middle school math classroom makes math come alive and engage the students in a very effective way. As the Asia Society so eloquently puts it, "Math is a powerful tool for global...
Author: Alessandra King
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Topics: Teaching
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Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices

The new 3 Rs—respect, responsibility, and relationships.

What does discipline look like in your classroom? In your school? How do those who have been harmed have a voice in the discipline process? How do students with repeated behavioral issues get support? What Is...
Author: Brandie Oliver
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The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

The R of Relationships in the Middle Grades

Time to bask in the warm, effervescent glow of another R word as it pertains to middle level education! Here it is: Relationship. It is almost impossible to think about middle level education and not simultaneously...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Middle Level Playlist: Song #1

Minor Threat, Seeing Red and School Improvement

What songs come to mind when you think about early adolescence? What artists helped you navigate those often turbulent waters and also helped you celebrate the wonderful wilds of the middle grades? Who's on that...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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R in Effect: The ABCs of Middle Level Education

R in Effect: The ABCs of Middle Level Education

I'm Seeing Red! How About You?

So here's the first R word that's on my mind for the world of Middle Level Education. Red. Recently, I’ve taken to wearing red shoes—to AMLE, at workshops, to schools, at the AMLE annual conference. With...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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