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Guest posts by expert educators

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Unlock Learning by Improving Oral Fluency

Of all the ways educators can improve learning in their classrooms, “the Number 1 way is to strengthen students’ speaking and listening skills and habits,” writes teaching coach and literacy expert Sarah Tantillo. Oral fluency deepens understanding dramatically.

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Use The Emmy Awards to Teach Media Literacy

As the Emmys return to celebrate the art and craft of television in September, how can we encourage students to view programing actively, with “the thinking parts of their brains turned on”? Frank W. Baker helps pull back the curtain on the production process.

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Teach Climate Change Through Positive Action

Middle school science teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Joshua Sneideman and energy education specialist Erin Twamley share seven ways that teachers and schools can involve students in climate change studies. Included: Project ideas.

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☆ Teacher Favorites: 20 MiddleWeb ELA Articles

Each of these 20 English Language Arts-oriented articles (dating back to 2012) has enjoyed thousands of reads since it was first published at MiddleWeb. From closer reading to better writing, we hope you find some helpful ideas and inspiration for the new school year!

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Creating a Vision for the School Year

Holding a clear sense of vision and purpose for the school is important for the principal. Ronald Williamson and Barbara Blackburn share leadership tools to help develop a personal vision and then work collaboratively with the school community to develop a shared vision.

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Scaffolding: How Not to Learn to Ride a Bike

Teacher-consultant Terry Thompson, author of The Construction Zone, defines four elements of good instructional scaffolding and uses the example of teaching a kid to ride a bicycle to demonstrate why a clear focus on learning targets is a critical first step.