Steady, Upward Learning During Shaky Times – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Dr. Curtis Chandler is a teacher educator at BYU-Idaho and a former Kansas Teacher of the Year. His many posts for MiddleWeb include last spring’s Ideas for STEM Summer Fun at Home. Which seems timely right now! In the new post below, he has special tips for novice teachers (and the rest of us). Imagine crash-landing in a remote part of the jungle. Out of pure survival, you set off through tangled forests and dense vegetation…not knowing…

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Put More Movement in Your Middle Grades Lessons – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog My Teaching Secret I have a teaching secret. Not the good type, like a trick or tip to make sure every lesson is a success…but the kind I’m NOT proud of. Here it is: Despite all the writing and speaking I do about making learning student-focused, participatory, and engaging, deep down what I really crave is a compliant, calm, predictable classroom. The truth is that I feel the most comfortable in the driver’s seat of learning –…

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Boosting Parent and Family Engagement – Education Article

A MiddleWay Blog Whenever teachers “get to talking” about parents and caregivers, we can sound a bit like the little girl in Goldilocks and the Three Bears: ✻ This parent is TOO involved.✻ Those parents aren’t involved ENOUGH.✻ If only my student’s parents could get it JUST RIGHT. We know in theory that parent engagement can have an immense impact on student learning. Research shows a significant connection between parental involvement and kids’ self-esteem, motivation, engagement, and of course, academic…

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STEM Activities for Summer Fun and Learning! – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog What if… What if summer became a time for our students to invest in learning, rather than take a break from it? The final bell of the year will soon begin ringing in some states.  Whether school breaks for you in May or in June, there’s still time for science, math and STEM teachers to provide your students with encouragement, tools, and an expectation to play, explore, investigate, and discover the natural world. Getting Dirty and Having…

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How We Can Help Our Students Remember More – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog The Frustration of Forgetting Few things are more frustrating for students (and their teachers) than having a concept or skill that has already been learned ‘’leak out the brain” and disappear mysteriously into thin air. As educators, we do our best to make things ‘sticky’ by piquing students’ interests, communicating clear learning goals, building on background knowledge, fostering and maintaining engagement, cultivating discussion, modeling and scaffolding challenging tasks, providing feedback, differentiating instruction, etc., etc. Why, then, do…

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