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Don't Give Up the Ghost

Don't Give Up the Ghost

We owe it to our middle school students to be caring, to be present, and to be their advocates

I like to read. Fiction and nonfiction. Mystery. Crime. Middle grades. Biography. Memoir. Political. Children's. Academic articles. Newspapers. Satire. All over the board. I read a lot because inspiration comes from...
Author: Matthew Moulton
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Teaching Today's Students to Be the Leaders of Tomorrow

Teaching Today's Students to Be the Leaders of Tomorrow

A rigorous social and emotional learning program helps students tackle community challenges

As national conversations about immigration, cybersecurity, under-employment, artificial intelligence, and the rapid transformation of our workplace are debated, a daunting question looms: how are we going to prepare...
Author: Peggi Zelinko
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How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

How Can We Use Dialogue to Empower Our Students?

Helping students understand themselves so they can understand the world

Allowing students to see perspectives other than their own is a critical component of transformative learning. In my current teaching environment, I get to see the results of this as students encounter other cultures...
Author: Robert Moreno
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Consider Connections

Consider Connections

Integrating social responsibility across the content areas

During middle school, students begin to strengthen their ideas and beliefs about themselves and the world around them. To become socially responsible citizens, students need the skills to explore controversial issues...
Author: Kasey Short
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Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Growing a culture of inclusion builds bonds and improves opportunities for all students

For the life of me, I cannot remember having a significant interaction in middle school with my peers who had disabilities. I'm not a particularly forgetful person; I have many memories from my small town middle...
Author: Katie Howlett, Nick Cedergren
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Tags: Inclusion
Who Am I

Who Am I

Using young adult literature to explore adolescent identity

Everybody has a story. These stories comprise the events in our lives that intersect in complicated and uniquely beautiful ways to shape our perceptions and general outlook of the world. They demonstrate our strengths...
Author: Vanessa E. Vega
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It's Different Now

It's Different Now

Four experiences for educators to consider about today's young adolescents

It's not our imagination, kids really are different. Today's youth face four constructs that adults either did not experience at all or did not experience in the same way as youth today. Athletics As a parent of...
Author: Jen Cort
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Namaste

Namaste

Integrating yoga class structure and style in the middle school classroom

I nervously entered the room and found a seat in the back. I looked around to find the fastest exit, but I was too late; the teacher walked in, queued the music, and dimmed the lights. "Welcome" she began. "It is a...
Author: Molly Mee, Walter Mills
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Teaming in Middle School

Teaming in Middle School

Three team approaches that respond to students' unique needs

From the inception of the middle school movement, team approaches to instruction were considered the preferred way to organize a school housing grades 4-8, 5-8, or 6-8. Today, educators see teaching teams as a key to...
Author: Elliot Merenbloom
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Bring on the Dog-and-Pony Show

Bring on the Dog-and-Pony Show

Approaching teacher evaluation from a variety of perspectives

The term dog-and-pony show, in reference to teacher evaluation, frequently denotes a false presentation by a teacher to demonstrate instruction that is only done for the sake of the evaluation. I understand the...
Author: Perry A. Finch
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Topics: Leadership
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