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Guest posts by expert educators

Sealing Civic Readiness in Our Middle School

Multiple award-winning social studies teacher Jennifer Ingold details her middle school’s civic awareness campaign – ‘The More You Know’ – which has 8th grade peers teach and learn from their 6th grade protegés as they turn advocacy into action. Jennifer shares the details!

Here’s How to Get Kids Talking in Math Class!

We know how to get those same 6 students talking and raising their hand each day. But how do we engage every student in truly explaining their thinking and sharing their math reasoning? Middle grades teacher Mona Iehl shares 3 ways to structure questions that pull them in and keep them talking.

A Mental Health Crisis Among Our Adolescents

Some students may not have school work high on their priority list after two years of watching their normal adolescent world fall apart. Right now they may be focused on surviving, writes school psychologist Katelyn Oellerich. “We need to be focused on helping them do that.”

27 Tips to Boost Kids’ Reading This Summer

To help kids capture the benefits of summer reading, ELA educator Kasey Short shares what you can do before summer break begins: communicate with families, motivate readers, provide book choices, increase access to books, and link students to public library summer programs.

Inheritance Boxes Help Kids Share Knowledge

In Katie Durkin’s ELA classroom, seventh graders pass along what they’ve learned to future classes via this Inheritance Box project, part of a literacy plus history unit that also teaches collaboration and promotes student choice. Katie takes us through it step by step.

Independent Study for Middle Schoolers

Geraldine Woods led independent study at her school for more than 25 years. She’s convinced some version will work in most subjects and for most middle school students if three basic principles are present: student choice, adult guidance, and students teaching students.

A Quick, Easy Way to Create Class Tutorials

Middle grades teacher Kathleen Palmieri uses a time-saving digital tool to create quick and concise visual instructions. Show students how to share a document, use an add-on, find an online resource and much more. Kathie outlines the basics and recommends a good YouTube how-to video.

Strive to Achieve the Six P’s of Professionalism

Belle O’Neill devoted three decades to classroom teaching before becoming a speaker and teacher educator. Her six principles of teacher professionalism are written with pre-service and novice teachers in mind and “may be used to build your reputation throughout your career.”

Celebrate with Staff as a Challenging Year Ends

The end of every school year is always frantic. Especially this year, plan year-end celebrations that reflect your school’s values and recognize everything the staff has done to assure a successful school year, recommend Ronald Williamson and Barbara R. Blackburn.