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6-8 Middle School

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

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

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Nobel Prize winners show kids the role of failure in learning and demonstrate that there is no single recipe for creativity.

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Using a topic of great interest to students, like a popular video game, is a handy way to get them writing.

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Using Technology to Inspire Independent Readers

Students can create and share video-based book reports—and deepen their reading habits.

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Teachers can create a calm classroom atmosphere that helps troubled students be more receptive to learning.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core, suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about and with pictures.

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Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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Edutopia blogger Monica Burns gives a quick tour of online treasure troves for primary source documents.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

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Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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