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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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  • 5 Ways to Encourage Students to Develop Intellectual Humility

    Lessons steeped in social and emotional learning can help students learn to accept the idea that their views could be wrong.
    Maurice J. Elias
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  • Letting Students Experience a Text Before They Analyze It

    By giving students a chance to read text ‘like a reader’ first, you can help them generate insights in a natural, informal way—before asking them to consider the mechanics of how it was done.
  • 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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  • Balancing Friendliness With Firmness

    By setting clear expectations for behavior early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms.
    8.4k
  • 4 Proactive Steps to Avoid Misbehavior From the First Day of Class On

    Carefully working on relationship building right from the start of the school year can help teachers avoid discipline issues.
    4.3k
  • Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Cell Phone Use

    Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology.
    2.3k
  • 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.
    1.7k
  • 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.
    1.7k
  • 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.
    1.7k
  • Relationship Building From Day 1

    Strategies for fostering relationships with middle and high school students starting on the first day of the school year and then growing them all year long.
    1.5k
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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.’
    38.3k
  • 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.
    1.4k
  • 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.
    1.4k
  • 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.
    27.3k
  • Using Restorative Justice to Transform School Culture

    When restorative justice is implemented on a schoolwide level, it has the potential to transform relationships between teachers and students.
    2.3k

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