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6-8 Middle School

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

  • 4 Ways to Help Students Get Better Sleep

    When tweens and teens learn how to use self-regulation strategies, much-needed sleep can come more easily.
    Lauren Brukner
  • High-Quality Video Games Can Rival Good Books

    Narrative video games are often overlooked in ELA instruction, but many are rich, sophisticated, and deeply engaging.
  • Leveraging Technology to Support Students’ Needs

    Teachers can apply a concept called ‘tech equity’ to ensure that the technology they use is enhancing learning for all of their students.
    290
  • A teenage girl reads in a park

    The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
    3.4k
  • 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.
    41k
  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
    2.8k
  • Sketchnote collage

    How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
    4.6k
  • An illustration of teens raking objects into ordered piles

    8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

    Middle and high school students suddenly face more complex schedules, tougher academic work, and an expanding network of friends. How can we help them manage it all?
    8.4k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    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.’
    37.9k
  • Teenage girl distance learning on laptop at home

    Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On

    Incorporating SEL approaches, playing games, and giving students options can inspire them to show their faces.
    22.1k
  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
    8.8k
  • High school students talking in a group

    3 SEL Practices Teachers Can Use Every Day

    These social and emotional learning strategies won’t take a lot of time, but they can have a big impact on middle and high school students.
    2.1k
  • Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners

    Taking an asset-based approach to supporting students who are new to the English language can help them thrive.
    1.4k
  • High school student reads a paper in front of his class

    Enduring Practices From Remote Teaching

    After a yearlong crash course in digital tools and remote teaching, a teacher reflects on what will stick in her brick-and-mortar classroom.
    4k
  • Illustration concept for community

    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
    11.1k

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