Family and Community

Holidays Are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, the chief stressor for students ages 9-13 is school. No middle grades educator is surprised by this, given the factors involved in a student’s school day—grades, homework, friends, bad hair, etc. As the holidays approach, these stressors are compounded. For kids from abusive and alcoholic families,

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Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is proud to recognize middle level students every year, in every state, for helping their communities through volunteer service. The Association for Middle Level Education is a proud supporter of this important recognition program. As the 2014 application period enters its final week, the program talked to two recent

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Empathetic Consciousness

­­If there is one adolescent trait that I value and quite frankly bet on every time, it is that adolescents are among the most resilient creatures on earth. This resilience is catalytic in their growth, and in helping them deal with all manner of challenges. Unfortunately, adults’ much lower level of resilience often makes working

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