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Patient and Tenacious Teaching

Patient and Tenacious Teaching | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
In the race to complete reports that prove the immediate value-added measures of our teaching, we’ve lost sight of one of the most powerful teaching tools we have: patience. Teacher patience is the heart of students’ long-term retention of content and skills. Unless we’re careful, we’ll operate ceaselessly at one speed—impatient—which is death to clear thinking, kryptonite to heroic pedagogy.
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Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom

Formative and Summative Assessments in the Classroom | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | 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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Using Picture Books to Teach Argumentative Writing

Using Picture Books to Teach Argumentative Writing | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it

So what's the difference between persuasive writing and argumentative writing? 

In persuasive writing, students passionately defend their point of view, relying upon opinion, personal experience, anecdotes, data, and examples. Argumentative writing, however, seeks to offer a more balanced approach, as it acknowledges points from the opposing view.


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Ted Caron's comment, March 12, 2013 10:41 AM
I wouldn't necessarily agree with the emphasis he places on the distinction between persuasive and argumentative pieces. He says that argumentative pieces acknowledge points from the opposing viewpoint whereas persuasive pieces only defend the author's own point of view. But persuasive pieces can also seek to refute counterpoints. Take, for example, the current IN middle school standards. The current middle school writing standards that relate to persuasive pieces call on students to "anticipate and address reader concerns and counterarguments." In my view, this is not necessarily the crux of what differentiates a persuasive and argumentative piece.

The biggest distinction, I believe, is something that he mentions but doesn't emphasize as strongly: A persuasive piece tends to focus on personal opinions, anecdotes and observations more than an argumentative should. Arguments, in contrast, are designed to draw upon evidence, facts and logic as a way to support a contention.

Just my thoughts.
Deb Gardner's comment, March 12, 2013 11:36 AM
Good point. Thanks for the helpful clarification!
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Creating Book Trailers

Creating Book Trailers | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the last minute ideas that work the best! I had a teacher ask me to present something about creating book trailers to his students. I threw this Slides presentation together, added some sample Powtoons I'd made last week, and they loved it.


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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 22, 2015 11:50 AM

Great way to promote character trait "creative" as a conclusion to reading the book.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, January 27, 2015 7:49 PM

Great slides to start a convo about book trailers. 

Huish School Library's curator insight, March 2, 2015 11:17 AM

Definitely one to try.

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How to Be a Legendary Teacher

How to Be a Legendary Teacher | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Can you imagine teaching middle grades students for more than four decades?
As a middle school principal, I had the opportunity to work with just such a teacher. Barry Krizan taught three generations of our community’s young adolescents and has reached “legend” status. This is how Barry did it.
Respect and Relationships

Create a climate that empowers students to take ownership of their classroom. Teach respect for property and people.
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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass
notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook.
At the center of students' non-academic writing are their
day-to-day thoughts, stories, and encounters that define
them as individuals finding their way in the world. The
writing students are assigned in school, however, often
overlooks their natural inclination to share about their
lives. Writing is an activity in which students frequently
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot despite obvious changes in the concrete around it. This vision made me think about how we communicate in our middle schools. In fact, the image brought forth two diametrically opposed viewpoints about communication in education.
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Simple Activities for Exemplary Learning

Simple Activities for Exemplary Learning | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | 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.

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Digital Storytelling: Through the Eyes of Others | OER Commons

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Greeting Students

Greeting Students | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Whether you are teaching small children or a returning adult learner, they all need to know you care. How do we engage students from the moment they enter the classroom? Here a few ideas I came up ...
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Teaching Students How to Write Arguments

Teaching  Students How to Write Arguments | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it

Argument writing is one of three types of writing stressed in the Common Core Standards for English, history, and science/technical studies. As I transition from persuasive to argument writing, my focus is on using technology to engage and support students throughout the process. Tall order. Here are some of the strategies I used to teach argument writing.

 

Lots of "goodies" are tucked away in this blog post written by Catlin Tucker including appropriate use of technology that directly supports the purpose of using technology in the classroom with CCSS. (shared Google docs, flipping the classroom, using video to hook/share talking/writing points, online discussion forums, digital surveys, and research using digital sources).


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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling product that demonstrates their understanding of a concept.

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ELA Instruction and Assessment using Common Core

ELA Instruction and Assessment using Common Core | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it

Assessment and Instruction in the Era of the CCSS in English Language Arts


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Presentation slides summarize key points of shifts in instruction and assessments.

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Writing a memoir with the writer's notebook - National Council of Teachers of English

Writing a memoir with the writer's notebook - National Council of Teachers of English | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
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Bringing Learning to Life Through Service

Bringing Learning to Life Through Service | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Society faces pressing problems on many fronts today. Economic crises mean more families require assistance to meet basic needs, environmental degradation contributes to natural disasters, and disparities in educational opportunities leave some communities at risk.
Luckily, some of the best minds in our nation are in our midst, tackling these issues and more. You'll find these change agents in middle schools across the United States: students learning science, history, economics, and...
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The Common Core: The Good, the Bad, the Possible

The Common Core: The Good, the Bad, the Possible | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Middle grades educators would have to live on another planet not to be aware of initiatives involving the Common Core State Standards, teacher accountability, and PreK–12 state achievement tests.
How do we sort through the good, the bad, and the ugly to provide optimal educational experiences for our students, manifest the values of This We Believe, and use what we know "works" for our kids?
The Common Core State Standards, a result of several years of development by content and education...
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The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons? | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
Middle grades educators spend almost all their time and energy dealing with what is taught, the content that is presented in classrooms and courses. This is understandable, given the great attention placed on cognitive learning/academic achievement.
But the school is so much more than a physical facility in which teachers present lessons; it is a laboratory of living where ongoing practices and relationships educate. Educators should stop every now and then to consider the lessons the school...
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Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Sanford ME

Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Sanford ME | Middle Level Teaching and Assessment | Scoop.it
NH guide for Southeast New Hampshire and Southern Maine, including Portsmouth, Rochester, Dover and Sanford. Local news, information, entertainment, classifieds, real estate, homes, automobiles, cars, employment, jobs, restaurants and dining information.
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