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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.


Help! Schools for a Child with Learning and Behavioral Challenges?

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Where to start when integrating digital technologies in classrooms?

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Motivating the Unmotivated

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Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

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Motivating the Unmotivated

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Students as Designers: Game Jams!

The game jam (a game about making a game) is a hands-on model for inspiring student creativity, collaboration, and sense of accomplishment.

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Strengthening Parent Partnerships

For effective school-home partnerships, get to know the parents early in the year, get to know the values of each family, and remain consistent and fair.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Mobile Learning

Intrigued by the idea of using mobile devices for instructional purposes in the classroom? This playlist from VideoAmy will give you some tips and insights into the challenges and the promise of mobile learning.

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.

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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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"Rolling Out" a Game in the Classroom

"Rolling Out" a Game

Teachers have a number of options for introducing students to a new game-based lesson, including the fishbowl, playing together, and beginning with a simplified version.

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Teachable Moments and Academic Rigor: A Mini-Unit

Teachers present a PBL unit to help students understand, through the violent, tragic events in Ferguson and Baltimore, how public perception affects law enforcement and justice.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop"

In part three of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett looks through his middle school students' eyes as they discover and begin exploring their school's new makerspace.

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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

From PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended learning is a big buzz these days, but it doesn't do a whole lot of good if students aren't engaged. Blogger Andrew Miller offers some strategies to keep them hooked.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Guest blogger Joshua Block, a high school humanities teacher, explains how student confusion and frustration aren't necessarily a reflection of your teaching skills, but rather an integral part of any authentic learning experience.

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Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

Katherine Piper offers three standards of assessment for individual student participation in PBL teams.

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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.

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Teen Engagement in Learning Starts With Respect

Adolescents learn more easily when they feel heard, understood, and cared about. Teachers should see teen reactions and attitudes through the lens of behavioral development.

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