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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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  • Using Frequent Feedback Cycles to Guide Student Work

    When students complete several drafts of a project and get feedback each time, they achieve better results.
    Jorge Valenzuela
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  • 3 Grading Practices That Should Change

    By ensuring that their grading methods accurately report content knowledge, teachers can promote and reward student growth.
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  • Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Cell Phone Use

    Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology.
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  • Supporting Executive Function Skills by Asking Questions

    Teachers can boost middle school students’ self-management skills by using questions to get their mental gears turning.
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  • 4 Meaningful Activities to Mark the End of School

    Giving middle and high school students a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next can be very beneficial.
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  • Strategies for Managing Challenging Student Behaviors

    Student misbehavior has been particularly agonizing for teachers this year, but there are proactive steps educators can take to remedy it.
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  • ‘Am I Your Favorite Student?’

    This question comes up fairly often, and it’s a good idea to have an answer ready to go.
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  • How Kids Can Overcome the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

    There are many reasons students don’t ask for help. Research shows there are strategies to help them overcome their reluctance.
    1.6k
  • Making the Most of Your Classroom Walls

    Classroom walls don’t have to be Instagram-worthy so long as they display the right information and allow students to shine.
    1.7k
  • Illustration concept for deemphasizing F grades

    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

    Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment.
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  • No Points Off for Late Work

    A look at how one teacher adjusted her policies to encourage learners to turn in quality assignments, even if they were late.
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  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
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  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
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  • How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

    Nearly one in four students struggles to afford period supplies, which has a major impact on their ability to learn. Schools can help.
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  • Viewing Late Work Through an Equity Lens

    A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned.
    1.4k

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