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?
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
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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.
Need lesson ideas fast? Our list provides quick and simple searches for multi-faceted lessons across content areas.
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.
In the second of two articles, expert Rick Wormeli urges new middle grades teachers to make quality feedback a priority and not to become slaves of the pacing guide.
A single teacher in a school can be the decisive factor in getting girls excited about mathematics, says teacher-author Jessica Shumway in this MiddleWeb interview.