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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.

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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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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

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Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

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The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

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4 Strategies to Help ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

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Brain Development and Adolescent Growth Spurts

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Using Exhibits as Assessment
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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives

In a 7th-grade classroom, health lessons are framed as broader "missions" to get students engaged with relevant topics in their community.

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

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Gaming the College Admissions Process

College prep and admissions are serious business, but gamifying the process may just help middle and high school students understand the challenges and find solutions.

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.

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Redesigning Fashion Design: From Tween Distraction to STEM Focus

To help make STEM relevant for all students, Heidi Olinger puts a fashion industry spin on soil science and math for middle school girls.

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

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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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Debunking 5 Myths About Project-Based Learning

John Lerner from the Buck Institute of Education says PBL is more rigorous and more organized than many think.

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4 Free Web Tools to Boost Student Engagement

Guest blogger Nicolas Pino James, a teacher researcher focused on effective learning and teaching, suggests four motivational tool technologies for engaging students with course material in and out of class: myBrainshark, PosterMyWall, Screencast-o-matic and...

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Thinking Big About Engagement
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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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Reading Film: The Story of Movies

Martin Scorsese champions a visual-literacy curriculum, available free to teachers for use in middle school classrooms.

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The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

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Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Andrew Miller from the Buck Institute shares some criteria for assessing project-based learning effectively.

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