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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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Social Studies Curriculum Audit

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

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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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Advanced Level Projects with Scratch: Fun with Fractals

The series about coding with Scratch concludes with an advanced lesson in recursion, opening the door to the mysterious yet ultimately logical world of fractals.

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From STEM Clubs to Careers in Science
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Informal Learning: From STEM Clubs to Careers in Science

Follow Mariah's journey from informal learning as a kid with a passion for science to a young adult on a STEM career path.

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Getting Into the PBL Groove

Let your students know from day one that they're in a PBL classroom by defining PBL and setting the tone for collaboration, critique, and questioning.

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The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge

Make reading a lifestyle activity rather than an in-school activity by fostering literacy and community with the A to Z Reading Challenge.

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Intermediate Level Projects with Scratch: Random Shapes On Demand!

The Scratch series continues with an intermediate lesson in which fifth graders and older students learn how to create code for generating and naming polygons.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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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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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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Why Do You Teach?: What Sustains Us in Our Work

It's time to reflect on what keeps you in the classroom.

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Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Blogger Rebecca Alber provides tips for scaffolding collaboration in the classroom.

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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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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Guest blogger Julie Coiro, a professor of education, examines four critical thinking disciplines for helping middle and high school students determine the value of information they read online.

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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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