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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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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

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Social Studies Curriculum Audit

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How a TEDx Mission Connects Students to Real-World Goals
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How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives

In a 7th-grade classroom, health lessons are framed as broader "missions" to get students engaged with relevant topics in their community.

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Blogger Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

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Gaming the College Admissions Process

College prep and admissions are serious business, but gamifying the process may just help middle and high school students understand the challenges and find solutions.

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How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.

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Redesigning Fashion Design: From Tween Distraction to STEM Focus

To help make STEM relevant for all students, Heidi Olinger puts a fashion industry spin on soil science and math for middle school girls.

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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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Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

Kinesthetic learning, especially for middle school girls, connects the act of acquiring knowledge with physical movement, breaking through the barriers of self-image and perceived limitations.

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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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The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.

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Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction

New tools have been released recently that demonstrate that texting can, in fact, be used for educational purposes.

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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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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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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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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading.

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