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It's Time to Go "Google"

It's Time to Go "Google"

Creating a school culture that champions innovation, rewards teamwork, and values feedback

As a building principal whose days are filled with countless observations, emails, and student interactions, it's easy to forget that there really is a world outside of my wonderful middle school. Over the last...
Author: Chris Iasiello
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Interactive Notebooks in the Sixth Grade Science Classroom

Interactive Notebooks in the Sixth Grade Science Classroom

Keeping students organized and in charge of their own learning

Where did I put those notes again? Umm … I think I threw those notes away Ms. H. I don't know how to study for this quiz! Ugh, I hate taking notes! When did we learn this? Wait … did we even learn...
Author: Alison Hoadley
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Tags: Science
Our SEL Journey

Our SEL Journey

One school's approach to rethinking advisory

From our first days on campus, it was clear that the school had once been committed to an advisory program. There were dusty advisory binders in the corners of classrooms, and many teachers remained passionate about...
Author: Rachel Pregont, Roberto d'Erizans
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The Power of Group Work

The Power of Group Work

Strategies for developing collaboration skills

As a robotics teacher at Pickerington Ridgeview STEM Junior High, one of the major skills I focus on building in my students is collaboration. Being able to work well with others to accomplish a shared goal is not...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching
Educating Students to be Critical of Violent Media

Educating Students to be Critical of Violent Media

Media literacy as a tool to promote peaceful classrooms

At the beginning of the 21st century, about 8% of students reported being bullied. Currently it is not uncommon for 25% of students to report being bullied, and as many as 50% of students are cyber-bullied. It is...
Author: Marianna King
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Teaching Students How to Take Notes

Teaching Students How to Take Notes

Good note-taking helps students focus in class and learn organizational skills

As anyone who has taught middle school knows, seventh grade can be an interesting time for students and teachers alike. Some students arrive almost ready to move on to high school and start conquering the world, while...
Author: Pat Edwards
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Topics: Teaching
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Stop, Write, and Discuss

Stop, Write, and Discuss

Literacy strategies to transform instruction and deepen learning

Social studies instruction requires students to understand complex concepts, read dense primary source documents, and critically consider various perspectives. As a social studies and English language arts teacher, I...
Author: Kasey Short
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Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Student Leadership is Fundamental to Positive School Climate

Engaging students in shaping school climate improvement pays off

There is growing research demonstrating that students perform better academically, socially, and emotionally when they are meaningfully engaged, contributing members of a school with a positive, caring, equitable...
Author: Betty Edwards
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Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

The importance of getting beyond writing that argues, informs, or narrates

From kindergarten through twelfth grade, students learn to make an argument, convey information, and narrate a series of events (NGA Center for Best Practices & CCSSO, 2010). Every year, it's just those three...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
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Tags: Writing
Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

Literacy as sustaining practice in every classroom

Régine recently decided to plant a flower garden. A friend, who was also a master gardener, volunteered to help. Immediately, this friend began talking about how plants create "themes" in a garden. Would...
Author: Regine Randall, Joseph Marangell
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