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‘Am I Pretty?’ Videos Posed to the Internet, Raise Questions

‘Am I Pretty?’ Videos Posed to the Internet, Raise Questions | 6-8 | Scoop.it
As a generation raised on YouTube and iPhones enters middle school, questions of self-esteem are increasingly being posed to anyone on the Internet, often via YouTube.
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Exploring Science Through Fine Arts

Exploring Science Through Fine Arts | 6-8 | Scoop.it
The middle school years are a pivotal time in students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for science, according to the National Science Teachers Association. Science must be something that students do, not something that is done to them. Integrating the fine arts into
the science curriculum is an effective way for middle level teachers to keep students engaged and meet society’s demand that students have knowledge and experiences in a highly scientific and technological world....
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School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School | 6-8 | Scoop.it
Columbus (WI) Middle School students spent the first day of school with their homeroom teachers working to establish procedures getting to know one another. The most important part of the day, however, was establishing our School-wide Agreement.
In the homerooms, teachers helped facilitate a discussion with students concerning classroom expectations. They discussed how they wanted to be treated. The process gave students ownership in the school expectations.
From each homeroom, student...
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Homework

Homework | 6-8 | Scoop.it
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To assign homework or not to assign homework? To grade homework or not to grade homework? Educators, parents, students—they all have an opinion. So, what is the value of homework and should it be graded?

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When you ask teachers about the value of homework, they often say it teaches...
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Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom

Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom | 6-8 | Scoop.it
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Successful middle schools engage students in all aspects of their learning. There are many strategies for accomplishing this. One such strategy is student-led conferences. As a classroom teacher or administrator, how do you ensure that the information shared in a student-led conference provides a balanced picture of the student's strengths and weaknesses? The answer to this is to balance both summative and formative classroom assessment practices and information...
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This is not new to any of us but I think we need to be reminded.
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You Can Smile! Classroom Management Tips

You Can Smile! Classroom Management Tips | 6-8 | Scoop.it
We've all heard that teacher adage, "Don't smile before Christmas." How many of you abided by that rule this year, contending that smiling before the winter holidays would somehow make you lose control of your classroom?
Does this adage really hold true for educators and students today? Think about it for a minute: Not smiling implies you are unhappy or do not want to be doing what you are doing. Is this the message you want to send to your students?
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Promoting Young Adolescent Readers

Promoting Young Adolescent Readers | 6-8 | Scoop.it
Literacy initiatives have led to a steady increase in fourth grade reading scores since 1999, but according to research, the literacy levels of 13- and 17-year-olds have remained static for almost 40 years. Why do middle school readers continue to struggle?
According to a new white paper from Generation Ready, “Adolescent Readers in Middle School,” the problem isn’t students’ lack of ability to read, it’s their struggle to comprehend text that is increasingly...
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It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades | 6-8 | Scoop.it
You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged
grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works
fine for your students.

Does it? Just as we teach our students, we don’t want to
fall for Argumentum ad populum: something is true or good
just because a lot of people think it’s true or good. Let’s take
a look at the case against averaging grades.

Hiding Behind the Math

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Simple Activities for Exemplary Learning

Simple Activities for Exemplary Learning | 6-8 | Scoop.it
Creating classrooms that are developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable can be tricky considering most classrooms serve students with a wide range of abilities, from learning disabled to gifted to standard and everything in between.
The following activities can help all students develop their content, process, and reasoning skills.
Relationships
Creating a classroom that is developmentally responsive begins by getting to know the students.

Have students...
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