middle school

Your 2019 School Year in Review [Infographic] – Education Article

It’s the end of the school year, teachers! Whether you’re zooming across the finish line — or making slow, steady progress toward it — you should be proud of all that you’ve accomplished this year. As you begin to pack up your classroom, let’s take a look back at the school year and what that journey may have looked like for you. Because, sometimes, you just need a good laugh to get you through these last few days and weeks.…

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“Are You Chinese?” | The TpT Blog – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Math with Ms. Yi. My first teaching job straight out of undergrad was teaching 6th grade math in New York at a school located in Washington Heights. A majority of my students identified as Dominican and a few identified as black; we had no students who identified as white or Asian. At my school, I was the only Asian American middle school teacher. On the second day of school, one of my students…

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6 Strategies for Less Stress (and More Learning) in the Classroom – Education Article

On any given day, children face a variety of stressors — from assessments at school to pressures at home to conflicts with friends. Educators can’t make all of these stressors go away. But what they can do is help promote a classroom environment that feels safe, comfortable, calm, and conducive to learning. Take a look at these six approaches you can incorporate into your day, that offer a wide range of benefits for students — from decreased stress to improved…

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Middle Grades Summer Reading and Learning Resources – Education Article

A few quick links: ►The Horn Book’s middle school summer reading list for 2019: fiction, nonfiction, and graphic with multicultural characters; ►Librarians and teachers – and students – share what works and what doesn’t in summer reading lists in Carly Okyle’s SLJ post; ►Edutopia’s Five-Minute Film Festival by Keyana Stevens provides motivating videos, explanations of summer slide, and book trailers for teens. Let’s begin with some excellent advice from a middle grades student, shared in an article at the What Kids Can…

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One-Pagers: The Simplest Way to Success – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Spark Creativity. One-pagers are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students process what they’ve read, in one powerful activity. Like sketchnotes, they combine visuals with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories. But it’s easy for students to struggle with one-pagers if they’re not naturally inclined toward art and have not previously been encouraged to represent their ideas this way. They may feel they are being graded…

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How to Choose a Digital Assessment Strategy – SULS010 – Education Article

These days it’s easy to find fun and engaging activities for your students online. Heck, you may have even found something on this blog that sparked your interest. But just because you like the activity doesn’t mean that it will assess the skills you NEED to assess. Choosing a digital assessment strategy is not easy, but it is critical to success! In this episode, I have another amazing guest who shares a lesson and assessment that didn’t work out as…

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3 Books about Teaching English in the Middle School Years – Education Article

Getting Started: A Path to Success to Teaching English to Middle School Students and BeyondNot Intimidating: Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student BodyMore about Writing: Designing Student Assignments with Specific StepsBy Anna J. Small Roseboro(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Anne Anderson Anna J. Small Roseboro offers educators a trio of books filled with an assortment of strategies for teaching middle school students. Both veteran and beginning teachers will find any of these titles useful.…

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How to Turn Mistakes into Learning Opportunities – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Mrs. Winter’s Bliss.            When students return to school at the beginning of the year, many teachers will ask them to set goals for what they’d like to achieve in the new school year. On the list you’re likely to see things like, “make new friends”, “get good grades,” and “learn new things”. One you are less likely to see is, “make mistakes”. I guess that’s no surprise. Students often…

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How to Make the Most of Maps in Social Studies – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Education with DocRunning. Okay, so let me be completely transparent here: I love maps. I have a huge National Geographic Atlas at home, and I love looking at not only the political maps but also the other maps such as population density. I just like examining it and thinking about the world from different lenses. Even as a student, I always loved making maps as part of each unit of study. And as…

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