Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

4 Keys to Engagement in Social Studies Class

Award-winning social studies teacher Ron Litz shares some of the ways he makes student voice a top priority in his history classroom – using teaching strategies that focus on engaging students with the past and allow them to demonstrate their learning in a variety of formats.

My Radical Approach to Class Management

“My collaborative approach to discipline may sound too good to be true. But it’s still working, eight years into the experiment,” writes David Finkle. “Some classes respond immediately; some need time to adjust to the paradigm shift. But in the end, it nearly always works.”

How We Redefined What School Means

Most students at Laurie Lichtenstein’s middle school were F2F all year, but masked and isolated in small classroom pods as teachers moved about. It was hard, but as time passed teachers found ways to reduce isolation, build community, and let kids have lots of time to play.

Keys to Using Text Sets across Content Areas

“Text Sets in Action” provides expert guidance for any teacher interested in using this engaging strategy to deepen learning. The authors define “texts” broadly and provide advice and examples across the core content areas, writes teacher educator Dr. Sarah Pennington.

Teachers Are Active in Every Phase of GRR

Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb lay out the established roles teachers play in the Gradual Release of Responsibility classroom and then look into the complexity of GRR as teachers do a lot behind the scenes to manage the process, adjusting to students’ needs in real time.

A Rough Draft Mindset Boosts Math Learning

Using rough drafts and revision in middle school math class can reduce anxiety and boost math learning. Kathleen Taylor and Amanda Jansen relate an action research project aimed at shifting lessons from a process of task completion to one of continuous, ongoing learning.

25 of Our Best Posts for New MS Teachers

MiddleWeb is filled to the brim with resources and helpful ideas that new middle grades teachers will find valuable. We’ve selected 25+ articles that might be especially useful to newbies before (and after) they greet their students at the classroom door for the first time.