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6-8 Middle School

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

  • 7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building

    Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.
    Sarah Gonser
  • Planning Lessons With the Student Experience in Mind

    Providing students with clear directions and easy-to-navigate content is especially important during distance learning.
  • Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
  • 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.’
    Holly Korbey
  • 7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them

    Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
  • 7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons

    The way a lesson is laid out online can make all the difference in whether a student can follow along and execute it successfully.
  • Lessons From a Summer of Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom

    When some students are in class and others are attending live online, teachers have unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Designing Your LMS to Make Distance Learning Better

    Intentionally setting up a learning management system where everything students need is easy to access can help them all be successful.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging

    Take advantage of online resources and simple experiments students can do at home to keep them learning in all teaching scenarios.
  • 5 Apps to Enhance Distance Learning

    These (mostly free) applications allow teachers to create virtual classrooms, record lessons, and collect student work.
  • Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

    Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.
  • Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works

    The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

    Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.

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