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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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  • Using Figma in World Language Classes

    Figma helps teachers design visually appealing interactive presentations and assignments that can boost student engagement.
    Laura Boyd
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  • Using AI to Encourage Productive Struggle in Math

    Students ‘don’t need an answer, they need help with the process,’ and combining ChatGPT with Wolfram Alpha is one way to guide them through it.
  • 6 Foundational Ways to Scaffold Student Learning

    A collection of evidence-backed tips to help students cross the bridge from confusion to clarity.
  • 3 Ways to Support Academic Talk Among Students

    By providing opportunities for students to share ideas with each other, teachers create space for them to develop social skills, retain more content, and deepen understanding of the material.
    812
  • 7 Digital Tools That Help Bring History to Life

    Challenging games, fun projects, and a healthy dose of AI tools round out our top picks for breathing new life into history lessons.
    301
  • How to Adapt Visible Thinking Routines to Maximize Student Engagement

    These adapted classroom strategies encourage students to talk through and reflect on learning in meaningful ways.
    460
  • Assessing Learning Based on Skills

    When student skills are the driving force behind proficiency scales, assessments provide a road map to success.
    274
  • 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.’
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  • An Effective Strategy for Successful Group Work

    Articulating what good teamwork looks like takes planning, reflection, and respect for student choice.
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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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    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.
    33.4k
  • 17 Brain Breaks Tailored for High Schoolers

    As high school students navigate more rigorous academic tasks and denser curricular material, the occasional 3-to-5-minute break delivers a wide range of benefits.
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  • Making Space for Native Languages in Newcomer Classrooms

    When English language learners are given consistent opportunities to practice their home languages in class, their English proficiency flourishes—along with their sense of belonging and identity.
    8.2k
  • How to Engage Students the Moment They Enter the Classroom

    Openers matter and set the tone for the lesson that follows. Here’s how to start strong when you need to.
    13.3k
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    5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

    These strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.
    43.7k

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