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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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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Still Can't Remember All Their Names?

How using multiple modalities to teach can help you remember student names -- and the activities are Common Core aligned.

The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Administrator Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for working with middle school kids.

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study, and author intent.

Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

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Disagree With a Student’s Opinion?

Our job is to teach students the art of argument and to give feedback on how they express themselves—not what they express.

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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.

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Play as a Test Prep Tool

Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.

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Young Authors Challenge: Writing A Novel in 30 Days
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8th Graders Writing a Novel?

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.

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Digital Shop Class: Fun and Profitable

These students are making things people need and want.

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Guide Your Students Toward Positive Fulfillment

Tips to improve your students’ sense of joy, hope, awe, purpose, and deep connection.

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Mindful in Middle School

One teacher’s experience incorporating mindfulness into her middle school curriculum.

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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

What is your school and classroom cell phone policy? Read these tips when devising an effective plan for student use of mobile phones of campus.

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The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz presents a balanced look at the flipped-classroom model: what it is, what it isn't, why it works or doesn't work, and why it matters.

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Equation of Success: Top Ten Responsibilities that Students Must Own

Middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron says requiring students to take responsibility in their own academic success is an important part of the school reform equation. (Updated 01/2014)

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Edutopia blogger Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study and author intent.

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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.

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20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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