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Powerful Graphic Novels for Middle School

Great for readers of all literacy levels, these nine nonfiction titles work in English language arts, social studies, and science classes.
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New Teachers

A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference

You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
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Parent Partnership

Improving Your Parent-Outreach Strategy

Use these communication tools to keep parents in the loop, reduce your workload, and boost student engagement.
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Classroom Management

How to Remember Students’ Names

Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.
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Social and Emotional Learning

An On-Site Advocate for Every Student

An argument for providing every student with a social-emotional and academic liaison.
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The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Help your students develop their own voice in writing by focusing on details, word choice, and sentence fluency.
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School Leadership

Helping Teachers Thrive

Five ways principals can boost teachers’ resilience in the new year.
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Project-Based Learning

Using PBL to Meet C3 Social Studies Standards

Project-based learning aligns with and enhances the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards.
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Classroom Management

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
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PBL Planning

Real-World Applications of Classroom Learning

Project-based learning ideas that have your students collaborate with peers around the world and apply their learning to make a difference.
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