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

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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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Using Exhibits as Assessment
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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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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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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom
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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explores the power and purpose of the teenage brain, discovering surprises such as low dopamine levels, abundant of hyperrationality, and how adults can enable teen impulse by subtly redirecting it.

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Argumentative Writing Is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards

Regardless of the subject, argumentative or persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.

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Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz walks you through a helpful checklist to determine which e-portfolio would best suit your needs.

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Making Sure They Are Learning

Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

Get the seven steps (and a roundup of valuable resources) you need to help bring social media in your classroom.

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