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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.

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

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5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

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Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

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Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

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A Solution for Student Disengagement

Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school.

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Entering the Quiet Zone

Giving students a dedicated spot in the classroom to collect themselves helps them learn to manage their emotions—a valuable life skill.

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Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content

Collaboration, problem solving, and social awareness are as necessary as literacy and math.

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Concentrating on Concentration

Help your students increase their ability to concentrate with these exercises and discussion prompts.

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Learning by Doing: Students Write a Guide to Teen Psychology

Eighth graders at the author’s school taught themselves psychology by writing their own primer on the topic.

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5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.

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Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

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Intervention for Failing Students: What Matters Most?

People, not programs, matter most when it comes to intervention for struggling students.

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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.

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Teaching Grammar: There Has to Be a Better Way (And There Is!)

When teaching grammar, guest blogger Steve Peha gets rid of the jargon and focuses on patterns.

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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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Games to Teach Financial Literacy

Andrew Miller, Edutopia's resident advocate for game-based learning, teams up with financial literacy expert Brian Page to look at some friendly, engaging options to promote financial literacy among students.

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Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Veteran special ed teacher Marisa Kaplan shares the challenges and rewards of co-teaching, including the fun of having another adult in the classroom.

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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

Guest blogger Jennifer Gonzalez proposes the In-Class Flip, a modified version of the flipped-learning model that incorporates the video lecture element as one of several stations that students visit during their class period.

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