6-8 Middle School

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

  • Communication Skills

    More Talking in Class, Please

    Strategies for facilitating small group and whole class conversations with students in grades 3 to 12.
  • Learning Environments

    No Room of One’s Own

    Despite the challenges, there are some upsides for middle and high school teachers in changing rooms throughout the day.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Life Lessons From Fictional Characters

    Writing dialogues between themselves and literary characters can enhance students’ empathy and ability to deal with hardships.
  • Literacy

    Making the Most of In-Class Book Clubs

    Book clubs bring challenges in class management and assessment, but they can lead to improvements in students’ reading ability.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Self-Assessment in Middle School

    Inspired by John Hattie, a middle school math teacher encourages students to articulate and measure their own learning.
  • Literacy

    Improving Reading Skills Through Talking

    Partnering on note taking, a strategy developed for struggling readers, helps middle and high school students process what they read.
  • STEM

    The Whirligig Aerospace Challenge Lab

    Using inexpensive supplies and six engineering practices, students design a paper Mars lander in this simple lesson.
  • Literacy

    The Value of an Imagined Audience

    Guiding student writers to think about a likely audience for their work helps them strengthen a variety of skills.
  • Literacy

    Starting a Heritage Language Book Club

    A book club can help students who mainly use English but speak another language at home gain valuable literacy skills in the home language.
  • STEM

    Sparking Curiosity About STEM

    A monthly after-school activity guides students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.