Graphic novels can engage middle-school readers and offer deep, visual-rich text that can be analyzed in class, doctoral student and former middle-grades teacher Jason DeHart writes in this blog post. He describes three graphic novels that focus on identity and provide material for student discussions in deeper issues.
It always is a good time to use "icebreakers" to get to know students, asserts Korey Barkley, a middle-school Spanish teacher in Massachusetts. In this commentary, she shares several icebreakers she has successfully used with her own students throughout the year, including "Two truths and a lie" and "Would you rather."
"Wakes us up and challenges us to infuse new life, depth, and joy into the warm-up segment of our math block." —Lucy West. Number Sense Routines for grades 3-5 shows how routines like Today's Number, Quick Images, and Counting Around the Circle can help students learn to think in more sophisticated ways. Preview the entire book!
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
Outcomes of Blended and Online Learning Programs Read this case study that highlights nine schools that have used Fuel Education online curriculum and platforms as the instructional foundation of their online and blended learning programs.
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
A new Saturday math club held by one Louisiana school district wants to improve the math skills of area elementary and middle-school students. Club members will go on field trips and hear from professionals about why math is important, district officials say.
English teacher Dahlia Rinck uses technology tools from laptops to video cameras to create a digital story to improve school culture and help struggling students at a California middle school. Rinck received a $5,000 grant from the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge to purchase additional equipment that students will use to interview district and school leaders for the project.
Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. "You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on 'em," Brewer says.
In "A Teacher's Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Form, Manage, Assess, and Differentiate in Groups" authors Dina Brulles and Karen L. Brown help teachers think through the challenges of classroom grouping and offer resources to develop effective groups and differentiate as needed for specific purposes. Teacher Kathleen Palmieri finds the author's guidance on managing group behavior particularly helpful. Read on.
Review: Making Google Tools work in your middle school classroom
Throughout "Google Tools Meet Middle School" Michael J. Graham and Jason Borgen have a lot to offer, not just about using Google Tools, but also about integrating technology into the classroom in innovative and thoughtful ways, says teacher and middle-school coordinator Jeny Randall. Read on.
Review: A tool-rich guide to embedded formative assessment
"The Handbook for Embedded Formative Assessment" by Solution Tree authors is a great tool for any educator, school district, or higher education institution, writes Dr. Charice Hayes. The book involves the reader in defining effective ongoing assessment and includes many tools, including several to observe how other colleagues use formative assessment. Read more.