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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.

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.

The Art of Managing Middle School Students

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

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

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PBL in LA

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Multi-Interdisciplinary Creative Movement Secret Agent Spy Lesson

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Supporting LGBT Students in Your School

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When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

Teaching world language through the interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational modes, Sarah Loyola uses edtech and social media to keep it authentic for her students.

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Mixing it Up with Mangahigh: Using Games to Differentiate Instruction

Guest blogger Kristof Mueller, a teacher at Quest to Learn, uses the online math game site Mangahigh to illustrate three tips for differentiated instruction: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and the Goldilocks Principle of 'just right.'

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How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

Guest blogger Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, offers two strategies to help students become conscientious about and connected to the global problems they'll one day be called upon to solve.

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7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns proves that technology has a place in the great outdoors with her list of iPad apps to help kids identify birds and trees, navigate with maps, tie knots, and explore national parks.

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Teaching History Outside the Box

Guest blogger Dan Carlin, historian and podcaster, examines why history lessons often don't stick. With the help of a downloadable audio file, he suggests making history exciting by making it about subjects that matter to students.

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Teaching Grammar: There Has to Be a Better Way (And There Is!)

When teaching grammar, guest blogger Steve Peha gets rid of the jargon and focuses on patterns.

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Student-Centered Learning Environments: How and Why

Guest blogger Paul Bogdan shares a collection of resources to develop student-centered learning environments. (Updated 01/2014)

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How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning

Good driving questions are written to help guide the teacher and the student.

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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron defines important brain terminology while providing a classroom scenario where a middle schooler's brain is hard at work.

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Apps for Note-Taking with iPads

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher explains how taking in-class notes with iPads can address a wide variety of learning styles and help students make deeper connections with the material.

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Remake Your Class Part 1: Planning for a Collaborative Learning Environment
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Remake Your Class: Building a Collaborative Learning Environment (Video Playlist)

Watch a determined middle school teacher transform his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning and effective teamwork -- with help from his students, community volunteers, and a few experts.

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Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.

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