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Getting to Know Our Students

Getting to Know Our Students

A successful school year starts—and continues—with knowing well the students we serve

One of the highest forms of respect around the world is to prove to someone that we really know them, and that we see them as worth knowing. We can connect with the grumpiest of individuals when we prove such things,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Don't Pick Up the Rope

Don't Pick Up the Rope

Why it's not worth getting into a struggle with students

It was the summer of 1998. I lived in a two room apartment with my now husband. The shower was in the kitchen. We drove clunker cars, scrounged change for take-out, and let me tell you, we were living our best life....
Author: Amber Chandler
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Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Taking time to listen to and learn from students makes a difference

Emily, one of my former students, was in seventh-grade when a close friend leaned over to share a secret. "I'm bisexual," Alison* told her. "I like guys and girls" (from Emily's blog at...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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After-Reading Response: Poetry in Two Voices to Compare and Contrast

After-Reading Response: Poetry in Two Voices to Compare and Contrast

Synthesizing text into a new format helps readers relate to content

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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What's Your Best Advice for Beginning Teachers?

What's Your Best Advice for Beginning Teachers?

Veteran teachers share ideas and advice for teachers new to middle level education

In the spring, right before and during testing in a middle school, teachers were asked to share some advice for beginning teachers. Note that the end of the year can be challenging. The stress associated with teaching...
Author: Nancy Bell Ruppert
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Topics: Teaching
Walking for Water

Walking for Water

Building empathy through experience

Forty billion hours; not thousand or even million ... 40 BILLION. Women and children in Africa spend 40 BILLION hours walking to gather water every year. They walk for hours to obtain water that's not even safe for...
Author: Jennifer Caylen
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Topics: Teaching
Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

Middle Me This: A Professional Crush

When a teacher's advisory game leads to a lesson learned

New clothes, new friends, and new advisory classes were in motion, which meant the new school year was underway! And, as true for some years, an imbalance of boys and girls seemed to be the general configuration that...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Blog About It!

Blog About It!

Argumentative writing in the ELA classroom

How do educators continue to reflect on their own teaching while preparing students to be career and college ready with 21st century skills and higher order thinking skills? The call for integrating technology into...
Author: Maria Pesce Stasaitis
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Why I Teach

Why I Teach

Building a safe space for students—and you, as teacher—to grow and learn

Ms. Bunting, It has been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years. Having you in my life has been such a joy. Specifically, English 4 was, by far, the best thing to happen to me at Peak to Peak. You...
Author: Monika Bunting
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Success is a Non-Negotiable

Success is a Non-Negotiable

Seven best practices for planning and implementing effective lessons

The following seven items showcase best practices, and in many cases, they are considered non-negotiables for the most effective educators. These non-negotiables are practiced by excelling teachers and expected by...
Author: James Davis
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Topics: Teaching
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