For Elena Aguilar, transformation began the day she asked 6th graders to use her first name. Read about a remarkable public school experiment in Oakland CA.
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams is a definite keeper, says reviewer Marsha Ratzel. It’s short, to-the-point, and written expressly to help teachers study a new idea.
National teacher leader and NBCT Nancy Flanagan reveals the essence of excellent teaching in the middle grades by answering four questions that a new middle grades educator might ask. Question #1: How can I build trusting relationships with these students?
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Frank Buck’s Organization Made Easy! / Tools for Today’s Teachers has many good ideas, but reviewer Fran Lo wishes there was more about paper-grading and some secondary examples.
Remember the You’re Not Special graduation speech? Teacher Bill Ivey says students might be better served with the message: “Each of us is special.”
Early middle grades preparation can improve algebra success and help meet Common Core standards. We highlight research & kid-friendly learning resources.
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Neurologist & middle grades teacher Judy Willis hits a home run with Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results, her book on helping students learn to love math, says teacher Cossondra George.
TweenTeacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron taught EL & HS before opting for “Shakespeare and silliness” in the middle. We ask her about tips for new teachers.