Many teacher librarians struggle to explain their continued relevance to a skeptical audience. But Daring Librarian Gwyneth Jones has no problem explaining hers.
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
Blogger Anne Jolly shares three ways for students to do STEM project research without poring over books with fill-in sheets at hand.
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says we can help adolescents build happy, learning brains through interactive, interdependent group work.
In a new series, 4th grade teacher Becky Bair tells what happened when she & 2 teammates pressed for a school “climate shift” on behalf of their most vulnerable students.
Reviewer Ellen Berg finds 2009’s The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller to be a refreshing glint of sunshine in the gathering CCSS storm – with ways teachers can support students’ journeys to love affairs with books.
The Internet is omnipresent, says Bill Ivey, and we have to help students use technology productively, recognizing both benefits and risks.
Though Christopher Lehman offers strategies to make the research process interesting to gr 4-8 students in Energize Research Reading and Writing: Fresh Strategies to Spark Interest, Develop Independence, and Meet Key Common Core Standards, his approach may prove too difficult, says reviewer Brooke Schultz.
In our Resource Roundup, access election basics, lessons, videos, a mock election how-to, art-oriented activities & more, all selected for the middle grades.
In STEM lessons, students need time to define real problems. And that’s a real problem, says MiddleWeb blogger Anne Jolly.
Cindi Rigsbee & Laurie Wasserman each reviewed Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers, a middle school teaching guide. The two teachers drew the same conclusion: funny & full of great ideas.