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Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning
6-8 Middle School
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.
How to Support LGBTQ Students During Distance Learning
Teachers can be a real lifeline for queer or gender nonconforming students who don’t feel accepted at home.
What Teens Say They Need, and How Schools Can Adjust
Students say they want a voice in the big education decisions that affect their lives—and their top concerns are backed by plenty of research.
How to Better Engage Students in Online Math Classes
Math teachers will likely need to shift teaching methods to help students thrive during distance learning. These ideas can start the process.
8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom
Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
Engaging Students in Virtual Instruction With the Camera Off
Giving students the option to turn their cameras off may make them more comfortable and open up new possibilities for teaching.
Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?
Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
How to Choose Words That Motivate Students During Online Learning
Framing assignments in student-centric rather than teacher-centric ways can encourage engagement and persistence in learning.
How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom
By establishing routines that address the challenges of online learning, teachers can help students in grades 3 to 8 feel a sense of belonging.
7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them
Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year
Most middle schoolers have not mastered the self-regulation skills they need for distance learning, but these simple strategies can help.
7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building
Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.
3 Participation Strategies for Live Video Instruction
Most teachers develop ways to encourage classroom participation, but may not yet have ones for distance learning. These are easy to use anytime.
7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons
The way a lesson is laid out online can make all the difference in whether a student can follow along and execute it successfully.
Keys to Success in Distance Learning
Educators from around the country shared their advice about making remote instruction work for middle and high school students.
Using Google Slides to Make Virtual Math Classes More Engaging
The popular tool helps teachers assess students’ thought processes and provides opportunities for students to work together to solve problems.
Adrienne Baytops Paul