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Using YouTube to Reach, Teach, and Differentiate

We can educate students in ways that will stay with them long after they leave the classroom by connecting with them in ways that are culturally and personally significant to them. Understanding the world students live in and where they turn to for help, comfort, and entertainment is critical. When we marry their digital world
Honors Classes

What Makes Honors Classes More Than a Name?

Many middle schools offer advanced, pre-AP, or honors classes in order to provide challenging learning experiences for students who demonstrate advanced readiness. Often, schools use strict criteria for students to get into these classes including test scores, grades, and teacher recommendations, but once students are placed in these classes, we see little differences in instructional
Discipline

Using Middle School Behavior Charts to Provide Clear and Transparent Discipline

We set out to create a fair and consistent system that also promotes positive relationships within our school community Are your school’s expectations and consequences clear and transparent? Can your colleagues, students, and families understand how discipline decisions are made by using common language and definitions? Would several different administrators be able to consistently address
Community

Post-Pandemic Preparation: Reimagining Middle School Partnerships

COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges but also served as a catalyst to rethink important aspects of our schools. One area where I see a big opportunity is to reimage middle school culture. AMLE’s landmark position paper The Successful Middle School: This We Believe highlights the importance of engaging families as valued partners and collaborating with community

Democracy

Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for an Improved Civics Framework Aligned with Middle Grades Best Practice

AMLE’s seminal publication, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe, is a forward-looking document that outlines how schools prepare young adolescent students for not only academic success, but also to be engaged and informed citizens in a vibrant democracy. There are many indications that middle level educators are grappling with how to meet this latter
12 Questions to Ask

12 Questions to Ask When Designing Culturally and Historically Responsive Curriculum

Let’s engage students with learning pursuits, rather than standards Culturally and historically responsive education is both a theory and model to respond to students’ histories, identities, literacies and liberation in pedagogy. In addition, this approach is a collaborative model where youth voices are at the center and caregivers and community members are our partners in

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Post-Pandemic Preparation: Reimagining Middle School Partnerships

COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges but also served as a catalyst to rethink important aspects of our schools. One area where I see a big opportunity is to reimage middle school culture. AMLE’s landmark position paper The Successful Middle School: This We Believe highlights the importance of engaging families as valued partners and collaborating with community
Students write a test exam in a beautiful classroom

Re-Learning and Re-Assessing: Practical Tips

Not everyone is comfortable with re-do’s and re-takes, which are more appropriately recognized as re-learning (or learning properly) and re-assessing. Some of us experience pushback when suggesting these practices to colleagues, then succumb to those pressures thereby denying their use in our classes. As a result, our students don’t learn the required content and skills.