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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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Finding Your Rhythm

Finding Your Rhythm

Eight ideas to help educators practice self-care and work with students from home

The pandemic has raised issues for people around the world, including health care, equity, mental health, and more, depending on the community and the resources available. Common across communities are the children,...
Author: Jen Cort
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Tags: COVID-19
Collectively Speaking while Socially Distancing

Collectively Speaking while Socially Distancing

How parents and educators can help students cope with social distancing

While on a socially distanced walk with my husband today, we heard a cacophony of caw-caws. My husband turned to me to ask, “What do you call a group of crows? A gaggle? A flock?” Without hesitation, I...
Author: Christy Tomisek, Ed.D.
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Four Ways Educators Can Help Students While Schools Are Shut Down

Four Ways Educators Can Help Students While Schools Are Shut Down

Supporting students during this changing and uncertain time

My 11-year-old son recently got an email from his coach, Ava Benach, on what was supposed to be his first day of baseball practice. “Hi team,” she wrote. “I wanted to send a brief link of Juan Soto...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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I Have to Teach Middle School?

I Have to Teach Middle School?

A teacher’s story of finding joy working with middle schoolers

I didn't want to be a teacher. I just didn't. Even though I had teacher Barbie and played teacher on an old chalkboard in our basement, I didn’t want to do it. I think I just wanted to tell a bunch of stuffed...
Author: Dana Diskin
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Topics: Teaching
The Transition from Middle School to High School for Students in Special Education

The Transition from Middle School to High School for Students in Special Education

Committing to a transition program and focusing on relationship-building

The transition from middle school to high school brings many changes and challenges for all students. The educational and personal changes that occur during this period of time for students in special education need...
Author: Nickolas D. Wanamaker
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Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Smooth the transition to middle school with a focus on executive function skills

Increased homework demands. Multiple classes with varied grading systems and discrete homework policies. Intensified extracurricular commitments. These are just a few of the ways middle school tests students' ability...
Author: Rachel Marcus
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Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

STEM starts with the end in mind

By the time students transition to high school, the disparity between girls' and boys' interest in STEM is already evident. Three decades of research show that an average of 15.7% of freshman girls express interest in...
Author: Angela Fuentes
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Topics: STEM
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