Academy: A Midmester Approach

An innovative approach to developing multidisciplinary curriculum that taps into student interest Centaurs, Cerberus, Chimera, oh my! Are you intrigued by Ancient Greek myths? Do you like to design and create art? Read Homer’s Odyssey, explore Mediterranean geography, and research the many Greek and Roman myths. Learn how Greek and Roman artists portrayed mythological legends

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Equity in the Virtual Classroom

On a normal school day, you could walk into any middle school classroom in the world and find a group of young people with a wide range of experiences and identities, all in a unique moment of their development as human beings. The intellectual diversity of students is one of the most fun and rewarding

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Building School Culture and Identity

An approach to unifying students and staff with character education-focused core values The Essential Question It was a simple enough question, but it stumped everyone in the room. “In three words or less, what does your school stand for?” Gathered were teachers from each of the three grade levels in our school, educators who had

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Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Strategies for laying a foundation for a strong school culture in middle schools Today’s middle school classrooms look very different than they did 30 years ago. With a focus on the whole child and a wider range of backgrounds and experiences represented within the student body, finding common ground can be daunting. Educators across the

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What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”

School culture from three different perspectives 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 phrase “school culture,” so here’s

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Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Physical movement helps students engage in, investigate, and understand mathematics concepts Introduction Young adolescents undergo more rapid and profound changes than at any other time in their development (NMSA, 2010). Adolescence is a pivotal stage for cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Middle school educators understand the developmental uniqueness of this age group and seek to

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