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Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Tools for rehearsing responses to expressions of bias and racism in ourselves and others

Martin Luther King, Jr reminds us that, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Physical movement helps students engage in, investigate, and understand mathematics concepts

Introduction Young adolescents undergo more rapid and profound changes than at any other time in their development (NMSA, 2010). Adolescence is a pivotal stage for cognitive, social-emotional, and...
Author: Deborah McMurtrie and Bridget Coleman
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Engaging middle schoolers in local issues helps them apply knowledge and become informed citizens

Environmental science knowledge intertwined with cultural practices have ripple effects that impact many aspects of society. For example, the increase in the use of fertilizer and practices of overfishing have...
Author: Lise Falconer
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Academy: A Midmester Approach

Academy: A Midmester Approach

An innovative approach to developing multidisciplinary curriculum that taps into student interest

Centaurs, Cerberus, Chimera, oh my! Are you intrigued by Ancient Greek myths? Do you like to design and create art? Read Homer’s Odyssey, explore Mediterranean geography, and research the many...
Author: Jennifer Smith
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Topics: Curriculum
Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Strategies for laying a foundation for a strong school culture in middle schools

Today’s middle school classrooms look very different than they did 30 years ago. With a focus on the whole child and a wider range of backgrounds and experiences represented within the student body, finding...
Author: LaTasha Jones Adams, Ph.D. and Amy Barrios, Ed.D.
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A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

Enriching the curriculum and boosting middle school student engagement with the arts

We don’t need statistics to know that a curriculum lacking in arts is boring, but too often when budgets are cut, the fun parts of being in school for children are the first to be eliminated. The notion that...
Author: Leila Kubesch
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Building School Culture and Identity

Building School Culture and Identity

An approach to unifying students and staff with character education-focused core values

The Essential Question It was a simple enough question, but it stumped everyone in the room. “In three words or less, what does your school stand for?” Gathered were teachers from each of the three...
Author: Robert Messia and Joshua Gela
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How to “F-L-I-P” Your Middle Grades Classroom

How to “F-L-I-P” Your Middle Grades Classroom

Four pillars of flipped classrooms to help teachers with distance learning during COVID-19

Recent mass school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic have educators everywhere seeking ways to provide meaningful distance learning. In response, some educators are developing instruction around a hybrid model of...
Author: Christi L. Pace, Ph.D. and Stacie K. Pettit, Ph.D.
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Topics: Teaching
Leading Conceptual Change in a New “Virtual” Normal

Leading Conceptual Change in a New “Virtual” Normal

Accepting the challenge of teaching virtually during the global pandemic

Middle school teachers must be leaders who demonstrate courage and collaboration (National Middle School Association, 2010). Such leaders are needed today more than ever. But leadership is especially difficult when...
Author: Heather Rogers Haverback, Ph.D.
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Topics: Leadership
Students Need Chances to Connect

Students Need Chances to Connect

Supporting students’ need for social interaction while physically distancing

When asked about social distancing, Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, put into words a thought I keep having: "I prefer the term 'physical distancing,' it seems we need social connections now...
Author: Jen Cort
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