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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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    Educators can reconsider what constitutes impactful writing instruction by giving students different opportunities to compose.
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  • Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven

    Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the center of learning.
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    Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology.
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  • Strategies for Managing Challenging Student Behaviors

    Student misbehavior has been particularly agonizing for teachers this year, but there are proactive steps educators can take to remedy it.
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  • 4 Meaningful Activities to Mark the End of School

    Giving middle and high school students a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next can be very beneficial.
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  • ‘Am I Your Favorite Student?’

    This question comes up fairly often, and it’s a good idea to have an answer ready to go.
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  • Making the Most of Your Classroom Walls

    Classroom walls don’t have to be Instagram-worthy so long as they display the right information and allow students to shine.
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    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.’
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  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
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  • Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain

    Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain.
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  • Illustration concept for deemphasizing F grades

    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

    Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment.
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  • Viewing Late Work Through an Equity Lens

    A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned.
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  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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  • 5 Review Activities That Kids Actually Like

    Content review doesn’t need to be boring—here’s how to liven it up and make the information stick.
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  • 3 Strategies to Get Students Talking in Math Classrooms

    Talking through their math work helps students understand it better, and these strategies get those conversations started.
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