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What Does Social Responsibility Mean to a Middle Schooler?
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Amber Chandler Last night I saw the play Dear Edward Hansen with my 14-year-old eighth grader, Zoey. It's amazing, of course, but one thing that really struck me was the audible sobbing during the show. This is a play about a suicide, social media, mob...
The 3 S's of the Middle School Mind
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Amber Chandler 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 school, I always explain that...
What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”
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Amber Chandler I’m a parent of a middle schooler and a high schooler, a teacher, and the president of my district’s teachers’ union. I’m one “hat” short of an identity crisis, but it does give me an interesting perspective. In all these circles, I hear the...
Introducing the Milestones Blog
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Amber Chandler When you tell people that you are a middle school teacher, do they give you an apologetic smile, or say "God bless you," or "Better you than me?" I've found that many people miss the beauty of the middle school world because they don't know the...
How can I help students develop the essential skills needed in the decision-making process?
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Amber Chandler This is part 3 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and self-management. Classrooms where...
How can teachers help students become more self-aware?
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Amber Chandler This is part 1 of 5 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision–Making, Relationship Skills, Social Awareness, and Self-Management. Classrooms where...
How can I help students view differences as strengths?
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Amber Chandler Many young adolescents desire to "blend in" by hiding or shedding certain aspects of their identities due to social pressures. How can I help students view differences as strengths? This is part 2 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and...
Babysitting: Benefits Inside and Outside the Classroom
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Hansen Middle school is a transition time for tweens and young teens who may be ready to move on from elementary school but still have much to learn about responsibility and self-reliance. Guiding students toward these attributes in the classroom is an...
Awesome Awkwardness
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Amber Chandler Tonight, at my daughter's orchestra concert, right before the conductor appeared from the wings, a young man accidentally bumped his music stand. His binder tumbled down, his music spilling onto the floor. His stand partner knelt down, whisked...
Mrs. Chandler, I Have This Idea…
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Amber Chandler One of my favorite days of the year is when I give students their first independent reading assignment. I believe the best way to keep the love of reading alive is for students to read what they love and share their experience with their peers...
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