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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.

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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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Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.

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5 Ways to Create a Strong Parent Partnership

A former middle school teacher and parent of a middle school student shares her regrets in hopes of helping other secondary school teachers avoid the same mistakes.

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Motivating the Unmotivated

A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers

While evidence suggests that action video games enhance higher-order brain functions, the violence built into most commercial titles is far from beneficial.

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Socratic Seminars: Building a Culture of Student-Led Discussion

Creating and implementing effective Socratic seminars is a multistep process that includes building a classroom community, instilling communication skills, and devising meaningful, reflective assessment protocols.

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The Best App for Your Coursework Isn't a Single App

Which app is best for coursework depends on the tasks students will perform and the skills you want them to develop.

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Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project

For teachers who want to start the year on a celebratory note, here’s an idea that’s rich with possibilities.

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20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps

Explore a wealth of tips and links for mobile learning apps that work across multiple platforms, an essential feature for running a BYOD classroom.

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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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Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute

With clear goals, timed exercises, and games, parents can help design home-study habits by tailoring them to their students' visual, kinesthetic, musical, or social strengths.

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction

New tools have been released recently that demonstrate that texting can, in fact, be used for educational purposes.

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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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Why Do You Teach?: What Sustains Us in Our Work

It's time to reflect on what keeps you in the classroom.

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