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6-8 Middle School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.

PBL: Jumping in Headfirst

Join two middle school teachers in their first post of a year-long series about implementing a PBL pilot program in their fifth grade classroom.

The Art of Managing Middle School Students

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

Technology at the Rock: PBL-Driven Integrated Study

A middle school PBL unit about key 19th century inventions grows into an examination of history, ethics, and the relative values of 21st century technologies.

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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Building a website as a teaching strategy

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Getting Older Kids to Buy-In Against Bullying

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

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Using Technology to Teach Health and Wellness

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron looks at a key element of digital citizenship - responsible use of intellectual property - and slots it into the eighth grade Common Core Standard for gathering, using and attributing relevant information.

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5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students

Guest blogger Josh Work reminds us that history is alive and unfolding, and that some of our young students now require full explanations of major events that still loom large in our adult memories.

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Game-Based Learning Brings the History of Civilization to Life
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Historia: Game-Based Learning for Middle School History

Middle school students learn social studies through Historia, a paper-based simulation game that incorporates a world cultures curriculum aligned to state standards.

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Nurturing Collaboration: 5 Strategies

Guest blogger Joshua Block, who relies on the methodology of student collaboration in his high school humanities classes, offers five strategies toward successful outcomes, including clear expectations, sensitivity about individuals' attitudes, and...

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Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes how she uses checklists with students to develop their big-picture skills, know what to expect and what's expected of them and, most importantly, help them become more organized!

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Civic Mirror: Simulated Nation Building for Middle Schoolers

Guest blogger Aaron Kaio describes his middle school students' experience with Civic Mirror, an online program that has creatively engaged them in learning about government, law, economics and citizenship.

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

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Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Veteran special ed teacher Marisa Kaplan shares the challenges and rewards of co-teaching, including the fun of having another adult in the classroom.

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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program

Technology integration specialist Jac de Haan outlines a successful phase-in strategy for a 1:1 iPad program at a Seattle area middle school.

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Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

Guest blogger Michelle Lampinen, a digital literacy and English teacher at Biotechnology High School, describes how she reverse-engineered a rubric for student assessment that includes links and QR codes.

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Good Time: 4 Ways to Reawaken Student Engagement

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano shares four successful strategies, both teacher- and student-directed, for stimulating a classroom and getting students' heads back in the game.

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The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

Educator and blogger Todd Finley on why student journals are an important tool for measuring comprehension. And he shares his favorite reflective writing formats and describe a labor-saving method of teacher response.

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Intervention for Failing Students: What Matters Most?

People, not programs, matter most when it comes to intervention for struggling students.

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Great Tech Expectations: What Should Elementary Students Be Able to Do and When?

Mary Beth Hertz shares a list of tech skills by grade level that she helps her students obtain. How do they compare to yours?

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