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6-8 Middle School

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

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.

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.

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Building a website as a teaching strategy

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Getting Older Kids to Buy-In Against Bullying

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

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Project-Based Learning for U.S. History?

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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What is "Authentic" Assessment?

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and...

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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

Guest blogger Jennifer Gonzalez proposes the In-Class Flip, a modified version of the flipped learning model that incorporates the video lecture element as one of several stations that students visit during their class period.

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