In our Resource Roundup, access election basics, lessons, videos, a mock election how-to, art-oriented activities & more, all selected for the middle grades.
Teaching and learning in grades 4-8
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.
Reviewer Lorie Shiveley agrees with many of Kristen Olson’s concerns about wounded students in Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture, but Shiveley says teachers get too much of the blame.
6th grade teacher Kevin Hodgson says The Graphic Novels Classroom by Maureen Bakis is not just about reading engagement but opening doors to student expression.
Special ed teacher Cossondra George found Co-Teaching That Works: Structures and Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning by Anne M. Beninghof to be a smart book full of excellent resources and ideas. But a little naive about Time.
In Patti Grayson’s global classroom, students learn from experts & kids in other nations; have authentic audiences for their work & sharpen 21stC skills.
The Million Words activity can be a wonderful way to connect with parents – if it’s done right. This MiddleWeb Classic conversation includes all you need to know to strengthen your connections with parents and guardians with care as well as enthusiasm.
STEM projects require student teamwork. Anne Jolly offers 7 steps to help students gain team skills and behaviors.
José Vilson writes a book review in the form of a professional love letter to middle grades teacher Cindi Rigsbee, author of Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make.