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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Still Can't Remember All Their Names?

How using multiple modalities to teach can help you remember student names -- and the activities are Common Core aligned.

The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Administrator Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for working with middle school kids.

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study, and author intent.

Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

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Team Problem Solving: Paving the Path to Success for Every Student

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5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

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5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

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Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

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Finding the Sweet Spot: Creativity, Candy, and Commerce

Through the design, manufacture, and marketing of their own signature chocolate bars, these middle school students brought curiosity and passion to their STEM learning.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop"

In part three of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett looks through his middle school students' eyes as they discover and begin exploring their school's new makerspace.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations?

For productive parent-teacher conferences, teachers can team up with students' families, encouraging them to take a more active role in driving the conversation.

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Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together

Prepping for a gamified unit of study or project is very different than prepping for your traditional, linear model. Here are some tips on how to do it.

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Who Is Taylor Swift? Using Pop Culture for Deeper Learning

For many students, talking about Taylor Swift, Kanye West, or other pop-culture icons is sometimes a way for them to discuss gender, race, and class in terms that they understand.

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Elementary Classroom: Making the Most of the First Month

Check out these important activities for developing community and learning goals with elementary school students.

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Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

Some of the best ways to make learning "stick" include connecting content with meaning, encouraging self-testing instead of rote memorization, and giving frequent, low-stakes assessments.

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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

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Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions

Blogger Ben Johnson offers three steps for creating richer classroom discussions.

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Lights, Camera . . . Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video

Blogger Ron Peck walks us through three simple tools that can turn students into videographers.

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Should Students Evaluate Their Teachers?

Blogger Ben Johnson ponders the use of student evaluations in K-12 education.

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Argumentative Writing Is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards

Regardless of the subject, argumentative or persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.

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Tips for Grading and Giving Students Feedback

Middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares tips for managing all that grading and for providing students with feedback.

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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.

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