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Information and resources for school leaders who work with young adolescents
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Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers

Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. But a lot of those tips won't work if you fail to follow this one essential rule.
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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
I really appreciate teachers who are truly passionate about teaching. The teacher who wants to be an inspiration to others. The teacher who is happy with his/her job at all times. The teacher who every child in the school would love to have. The teacher kids remember for the rest of their lives. Are you that teacher? Read on and learn 11 effective habits of an effective teacher.
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Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools

Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

NBC’s new show This is Us has captured the hearts of America. It highlights the real struggles and triumphs that we as humans face on our journney through life. On a recent episode, “What Now?” Randall was grappling with his father’s death and how much he had sacrificed and given to his job.   

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A Letter to My New Principal

A Letter to My New Principal | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
I’d like to offer some suggestions as you gear up for your first weeks on the job. I haven’t met you yet, and I don’t know what kind of experience you have, but after 25 years teaching middle school, I’ve learned a little bit about what makes for effective school leadership. I want you to be successful in your new position, and I know that my own success (and the success of my students) will in great part depend on you. So here’s what I know:
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6 "Soft" Skills Our Middle School Students Need

6 "Soft" Skills Our Middle School Students Need | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
You won't find these social and study skills for middle school students in the official standards...but maybe they should be.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 18, 7:03 PM

I love these ideas! Great to review and share with your teachers when you get back to school next year!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 19, 1:34 AM
A great reminder how every child is different and that's ok! 
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Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Can principals be better leaders if they have more time to focus on instruction? The Washington, D.C., schools are adding managers to handle operations and logistics.
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5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.
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10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Authority, position and title won't make you a leader. Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed.

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Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students?

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
All of us can share specific actions young adolescents and adults can take to act in positive ways upon our political, religious, and cultural beliefs while still respecting the diverse opinions of others. Rick Wormeli helps us create a civil future by considering how we can teach students about how to respond constructively to people and policies that offend us.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
It has been said that great leaders do not set out to be leaders, they set out to make a difference. That is particularly true of teacher leaders. Here are seven habits that instructional leaders have in common.
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Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
In a sense, all of our major changes really started when we began involving our students in the process. This was also the reason, in my opinion, as to why change became sustainable. More often than not change is orchestrated and directed at the adult level. There is often a great deal of talk about how many changes are being spearheaded for the betterment of students, but rarely are the students themselves asked for their input or unique ideas. Schools need to work for our students, as they are our number one stakeholder and ultimate boss.
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A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students

A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Relationship building is key to good teaching. This system will help you quickly get to know students and benefit from those connections all year long.
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8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to have better conversations? It's time to break up with these pesky bad habits.
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Teachers: Plan Now to Take Care of Yourself This School Year

Teachers: Plan Now to Take Care of Yourself This School Year | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Author Debbie Silver shares some sage advice that can help educators shape a successful school year by planning actions now that will sustain them personally.
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10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know

10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
It's rare to hear anyone say they loved middle school. Even people with positive memories never tout it as the best years of their life.
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5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence.

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Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People

Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The journey to becoming a school administrator helps uncover the importance of valuing people while focusing on student learning.
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Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers

Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers.  These are some things that are true about them...

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remind your self why you are a great teacher
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Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students?

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
All of us can share specific actions young adolescents and adults can take to act in positive ways upon our political, religious, and cultural beliefs while still respecting the diverse opinions of others. Rick Wormeli helps us create a civil future by considering how we can teach students about how to respond constructively to people and policies that offend us.
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I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems

I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

When I realized I couldn’t answer the questions posed about two of my own poems on the Texas state assessment tests (STAAR Test), I had a flash of panic...

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Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy

Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
What message does it send to students when teachers ask them to learn from academic mistakes, but there's not room for errors in how they behave?
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What We Say Matters

What We Say Matters | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
How can educators transform our talk in order to transform our students' mindsets? Can we blur the lines between guidance and honesty without condemning our students or contributing to making them feel hopeless? Below are four suggested methods for supporting students by using positive talk.
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Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
What do you do for that student that continually chooses to misbehave? We have tried everything but nothing fazes him and it’s sending a message to to the other students in my class that I have a different standard of behavior for him. I feel like I argue and nag all day with him and that isn’t the type of teacher I usually am.
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What Does It Mean To Be a Great Principal?

What Does It Mean To Be a Great Principal? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The ingredients that make up an excellent learning environment often vary from school to school, country to country, and culture to culture. But what every great school has in common is great leadership. So what does it mean to be a great principal? Should principals be dictators of their schools? Should they lead by example? Should they be visionaries or merely implementers of a policy they have no part in shaping?
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Managing vs Leading

Managing vs Leading | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

The first thing to keep in mind when managing people is that if you're doing it then you're doing it wrong. You're doing it wrong because you shouldn't be doing it at all. People will not and can not be managed.  You manage stuff...

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