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The Day a Seventh Grader Gave Me the Bird

The Day a Seventh Grader Gave Me the Bird

I'll never forget the time a seventh grader gave me the bird. When I caught him and the gesture, it changed me as a middle school teacher. And somehow it reminded me of the middle school characteristic that states,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Inspiration

Patient and Tenacious Teaching

In the race to complete reports that prove the immediate value-added measures of our teaching, we've lost sight of one of the most powerful teaching tools we have: patience. Teacher patience is the heart of students'...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Looping—Making a Case for a Best Practice

Looping—Making a Case for a Best Practice

Schools that don't loop should consider the benefits of this proven practice.

Sensible, supported by research and practice, and doable. Looping is one practice that all middle schools should consider given its many benefits, including long-term student-teacher relationships that have proven...
Author: John H. Lounsbury & Gayle Andrews
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Tags: Looping
Motivating Students with Teachable Moments

Motivating Students with Teachable Moments

By helping students make connections with their world, teachers can have classrooms full of engaged, passionate learners.

Are your students gobbling up the learning? Are they hungry for more? If we actually do believe that we should be designing programs with “abundant and meaningful opportunities for adolescents to grow and...
Author: Sandra Wozniak
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Topics: Teaching
Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

The students needed me to make a difference, and they couldn’t wait another year for me to figure it out. The disciplinary referrals were piling up in the manila folder on my desk. Their pink, yellow and white...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Directions for Literacy Leaders to Support Underachieving Middle Level Students’ Reading Achievement

Research Summary

The purpose of this research summary revolves around the collection of empirical work published within the last decade that focuses on middle level students most in need of support for their reading achievement....
Author: Mary F. Roe, Maria Goff
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Writing in Middle Grades Mathematics

Research Summary

Current educational reform calls for middle grades students who have the foundational skills to be "high school" ready (Williams, Rosin & Kirst, 2011). The Common Core State Standards Initiative (2010) echoes this...
Author: Amélie Schinck-Mikel, David K. Pugalee
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Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

There's no getting around it—we teach who we are. By our presence in a classroom, it is inevitable that students learn about us. We teach who we are, so who we are matters. Who we are becomes evident through...
Author: Sara Davis Powell
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Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Awareness and Strategies for Teachers

On January 2 1997, 14-year old Robbie Kirkland committed suicide after a four-year struggle to accept and find peace with his homosexuality. Robbie’s family loved, accepted, and supported him, but that...
Author: Norma J. Bailey
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Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Why is talk important for learning? It helps us articulate what we know and believe and gives us the chance to try out different ideas to see if they have credibility under scrutiny from others. If we can learn to...
Author: Susan Edwards
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Topics: Teaching
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