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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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  • If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Learning

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    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

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  • Encouraging Middle and High School Students to Build Patience in the Classroom

    Waiting for a teacher’s support can be hard for some students, but with the right strategies, they can learn to use this time productively.
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  • Extending Penmanship Lessons Beyond Elementary School

    Working to improve their handwriting can help middle school students improve their reading and writing skills as well.
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  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
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    With a few shifts in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to pay more attention to the skills they are building than to a number or letter score.
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