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Young Adolescent Development

On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

On the Icy Slopes of Adolescence

How neuroscience can help us connect with adolescents

Reading about the teenage brain is one thing, crawling inside the mind of an adolescent is quite another. As a veteran of adolescence and a current scholar of teenage education, I can now look back at my own...
Author: Molly Jordan
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Middle Schoolers Must Play

Middle Schoolers Must Play

Students share about their engagement in and ownership of their own play time

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." —Heraclitus (554 – 483 BC) As middle school educators, we see a growing population of adolescents who struggle with...
Author: Jody Marberry, Mead Ploszay
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Getting to Know Our Students

Getting to Know Our Students

A successful school year starts—and continues—with knowing well the students we serve

One of the highest forms of respect around the world is to prove to someone that we really know them, and that we see them as worth knowing. We can connect with the grumpiest of individuals when we prove such things,...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Don't Pick Up the Rope

Don't Pick Up the Rope

Why it's not worth getting into a struggle with students

It was the summer of 1998. I lived in a two room apartment with my now husband. The shower was in the kitchen. We drove clunker cars, scrounged change for take-out, and let me tell you, we were living our best life....
Author: Amber Chandler
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Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Taking time to listen to and learn from students makes a difference

Emily, one of my former students, was in seventh-grade when a close friend leaned over to share a secret. "I'm bisexual," Alison* told her. "I like guys and girls" (from Emily's blog at...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Making School Work Right

Making School Work Right

An update on a district-wide transformation of middle level education and technology for learning

In our article titled "Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology," we shared how our district has approached systematic growth by intertwining twin focuses on middle level education and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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The Young Adolescent State of Mind

The Young Adolescent State of Mind

What neuroscience reveals about our students and how we should respond

In This We Believe, the Association for Middle Level Education stresses the importance of understanding the unique developmental needs of our middle level students in designing appropriate learning environments and...
Author: Nita A. Paris
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Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

How educators can help students repair damaged relationships and make behavioral changes

The eighth-grade girl approached Tom Adams in the cafeteria. "Dylan just asked out Samantha as a joke," she said. "Now he's laughing about it with his friends, and Samantha is sitting at our table crying." Adams, the...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Classroom strategies for using literature to help students with daily struggles

It didn't take long to realize Marissa was not going to be focused on the day's lesson. Shortly after arriving in class, she took her seat, placed her head in her hands, and started crying. She shared that her best...
Author: Brooke Boback Eisenbach, Kenzie Moniz, Robert Forrester
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The 3 S's of the Middle School Mind

The 3 S's of the Middle School Mind

Middle school students are going through a difficult stage of life. Here are three things educators should keep in mind.

I hated middle school. It seemed like a cruel joke almost 20 years ago that the only job I could find was teaching remedial English to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. When I tell my students that I hated middle...
Author: Amber Chandler
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