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Activities & Mini-Lessons to Build Perseverance

In Ready-to-Use Resources for Grit in the Classroom, Sanguras calls on her extensive experience to create a book that will assist teachers in their goals to help students to develop passion, perseverance, and commitment – the three components of grit – writes Anne Anderson.

How We Pumped Up Our Math Vocabulary Study

While logic and skill are two important elements in advancing math knowledge, students also need to be immersed in the language of math to succeed. Kathleen Palmieri brainstormed with her fifth graders to develop fun strategies that help them understand and apply math terms.

A Fresh Look at First Aid for Teacher Burnout

While coping strategies can help those facing burnout, teaching careers are more sustainable when educators also slash workload and stress-inducers. Jenny Grant Rankin looks at the burnout pandemic and urges teachers to reduce grading and focus on planning quality lessons.

6 Ways to Help Students Master Media Fluency

As disinformation proliferates, schools need a better solution than perfunctory media literacy education, say these digital citizenship advocates. When students achieve full “media fluency,” they will not only understand disinformation exists but have the tools to outflank it.

The Power We Gain by Teaching Vulnerably

In The Power of Teaching Vulnerably David Rockower explains how personal, relational, and dialogic vulnerability can help educators build healthy classroom dialogue. Amy Estersohn would have liked more guidance for teachers facing job loss if they discuss sensitive topics.

Literacy Conferences to Reach All Students

Literacy consultant Anne Anderson recommends fellow literacy teachers and coaches keep Dan Feigelson’s Radical Listening near at hand. Implementing the book’s detailed guidelines for active listening during reading and writing conferences will benefit all of your learners.

Designing Successful Independent Study

Geraldine Woods offers strategies for teachers to design and implement a self-contained independent study program or to incorporate principles of independent study into an existing unit or class. Sarah Cooper finds the book’s efficacy lies in its wide, practical application.

Summer Travels Amplify History of the Holocaust

Laurie Lichtenstein’s travels to Holocaust sites this summer “had an indescribable emotional impact.” And now, “within this new consciousness resides a deeper understanding of history and an enthusiasm that I hope is infectious as I re-enter my classroom this school year.”

Labor Day Past & Present

Help students discover Labor Day’s origin and the United States labor movement’s past triumphs and current challenges in this MiddleWeb resource roundup. You’ll find resources for history, current events, English Language Arts and civics classes, across grades 4-8.