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Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event
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my first year at West Rowan Middle School was helping organize a collaborative opportunity between our sixth grade teachers and the fifth grade teachers at our feeder schools. This was the first meeting of its kind, so we wanted to focus on building relationships...
Smooth Sailing to Middle School
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fifth graders and their parents face as they make the transition to middle school. When this barrier is removed, students can embrace the new adventure and be successful. Ask iPhone Siri what articulation is and she’ll tell you it’s “the shape or manner in...
Transition by Design: The Power of Vertical Teams
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know that. But less well-known is how an innovative strategy called vertical teaming can help young adolescents make their transition to high school more successful. This is the story of how one district in upstate New York used vertical teams to smooth the...
No More Fears and Tears: Transitioning to Middle School
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"What if my child no longer hugs me as she steps off the bus?" Middle School. These two words instill fear in parents and pre-teens alike. From the fears I have heard over the years, one would think parents are sending their children off to college, or worse yet,...
Building Bridges
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grade 12 campus, the move from our lower school to middle school is a mere eight meters. An 11-year-old can make the trip in about 22 steps. Despite a limited physical distance, the transition from elementary to middle school remains intimidating. As new middle...
Silent Mentoring
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or what I always referred to as teaching-topia. I taught seventh grade for nine years, and during that time I had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with more than 1000 students. I loved teaching middle schoolers because of their passion, their...
Ending the School Year Remotely
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the first step in preparing themselves to come back to new teachers in the fall. For those beginning and ending middle school, it’s the start of an important transition and entirely new school experience. Underneath the outward excitement about warm weather, free...
Valuing the Conversations
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focus on the school goals in our school improvement plan and work diligently with our great team to help make those goals a reality. But when I was first hired at WRMS, I had many conversations about what the school should focus on to help make our great...
Making School Work Right
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first steps of that process began in early 2016 and our article describes progress over the first 12–18 months. It seems appropriate, then, to provide a bit of an epilogue to share what has happened since then. Over the last two years, our district has...
Developing Relationships with Difficult Students
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the first week of school. Ashleigh was a little large for a typical fifth grader, with an attitude that matched the size of a sumo wrestler. Mary had encountered many students like Ashleigh in her 15 years as a teacher—loud, angry, seemingly uninterested in doing...
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