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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

6-8 Middle School

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

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.

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.

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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Where MOOCs Miss the Mark: The Student-Teacher Relationship

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Teaching Literary Analysis

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

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Multi-Technology Lesson Redesign

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Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis offers six suggestions for pushing students beyond their comfort zone, exercising their brains' executive functions, and developing healthy habits of independent thinking.

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Questioning

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how project-based learning, with a focus on the common core, and iPads engaged her students in critical thinking and questioning.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Guest blogger Joshua Block, a high school humanities teacher, explains how student confusion and frustration aren't necessarily a reflection of your teaching skills, but rather an integral part of any authentic learning experience.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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Udio: A Technology-Rich Literacy Experience for Students with Reading Disabilities

Guest blogger Ted Hasselbring, a research professor in Special Education at Vanderbilt University, introduces Udio, an online environment designed to engage and support middle school students who face literacy challenges.

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

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

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How Two Middle Schoolers Spread Holiday Cheer with 800 Sticky Notes

Eighth graders Damian Marlow and Mary MartinezSmith describe how, armed only with generous hearts and 800 sticky notes, they made the holiday season a little better for everyone at their school.

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Resources & Downloads for Meditation in Schools

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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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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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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The Dos and Don'ts for Integrating iPads

High school principal Ben Johnson reflects on what he could have done differently to train teachers when each student at his school received an iPad.

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Making Homework Meaningful

Blogger Dominick Recckio surveyed his fellow high school students to determine the benefits of completing homework and the strategies for making these assignments meaningful and manageable.

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College Readiness: How to Help Students Think Abstractly

Abstract thinking skills are key to college readiness for students.

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