Teaching U.S. History in Turbulent Times

The antiracist protests occurring across the country since the killing of George Floyd have led Lauren Brown and Sarah Cooper – two white female middle school social studies teachers – to consider even more deeply “how best to teach U.S. history.” Join the conversation.

Picture Books Set the Stage for Middle School Learning

In Part 2 of a series on using picture books in middle school, Jennifer Sniadecki and Jason DeHart focus on “the simple power” of stories with minimal text to set the stage for lessons, provide background knowledge, and make efficient use of daily class time. Example: Eva Bunting’s Terrible Things.

Fun Weekly Challenges Kept School Spirit Alive

How can we keep a positive school climate and culture during remote learning? Chris Edwards, the 7th grade assistant principal at Kreps Middle School, created a grade-wide Google Classroom for students and teachers and staged weekly competitions best described as crazy and fun. It worked!

Using Picture Talk to Support SIFE Learners

Words are a low-risk point from which to launch Students with Interrupted Formal Education on their schooling journey. One of the best ways to teach words is with the Picture Word Inductive Model (PWIM), a multi-step process to teach vocabulary. Tan Huynh shows how.

Watch Out for Unintended Microaggressions

Racial “microaggressions” do harm to students’ self-image and health, says teacher Cheryl Mizerny, who has spent a decade studying this common teacher behavior and how to avoid it. Learn ways to recognize these often unintentional slights and better support all students.