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.
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The Internet is omnipresent, says Bill Ivey, and we have to help students use technology productively, recognizing both benefits and risks.
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.
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.
Thanks to a popular blog and a 5-star Amazon book, career teacher Donalyn Miller has become a national champion of YA reading. We talk with her.
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.
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.