Teaching and learning in grades 4-8

What Changes Kids’ Minds about Poetry?

To guide middle grades students into paying more attention to poetry – and reconsidering their often negative attitudes about reading and writing poems – author and teacher Linda Rief suggests kids create heart books, do quickwrites and illustrate lines of their own work.

What Students Need in Civic Education Now

In Becoming Active Citizens Tom Driscoll and Shawn W. McCusker offer a compendium of the latest approaches and ideas in civic education. Their ideas equip teachers across academic disciplines with the tools to navigate this ever-changing landscape, writes Sarah Cooper.

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.