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6-8 Middle School

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

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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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5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

Here are five reasons to motivate students to read more. One reason: Reading makes you smarter and a better writer. 

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Letters to the Next President 2.0

By separating heated rhetoric from effective argument styles, today's young writers and thinkers examine the national political debate as their first step toward becoming tomorrow's voters.

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Experts Weigh in on What Kids Can Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)

At a recent student leaders summit, experts encouraged students to help create a clean energy future. Here are a few messages worth sharing just in time for Earth Day 2016.

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Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention

Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.

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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community
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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.

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The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant
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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

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Student Learning Groups: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?

Blogger Ben Johnson makes the case for forming both same-ability and mixed-ability student learning groups in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom

Blogger Ben Johnson shares iPad features to assist in classroom learning as well as apps to include in curriculum. (Updated 01/2014)

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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Top 5 iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek describes the versatility of his five favorite iPad apps and makes a case for using them to replace the dreaded back-to-school shopping list.

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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns gives a quick tour of online treasure troves for primary source documents.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core, suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about and with pictures.

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