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6-8 Middle School

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.

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  • Viewing Late Work Through an Equity Lens

    A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned.
    Edward R. Montalvo
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  • Helping Students Reacclimate to Being With Others All Day

    Many students are still a little overwhelmed at being around their peers, though they’re also excited. Some simple strategies can help them adjust to being back in school.
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  • How to Build a Menstruation Station at Your School

    Nearly one in four students struggles to afford period supplies, which has a major impact on their ability to learn. Schools can help.
    5.5k
  • A Question Teachers Should Ask as Often as Possible

    Push students past simple recall into deeper thought and engagement by adding this short follow-up question to your repertoire.
    2.8k
  • 3 Grading Practices That Should Change

    By ensuring that their grading methods accurately report content knowledge, teachers can promote and reward student growth.
    2.8k
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    The Case Against Zeros in Grading

    Teachers can rethink their grading practices to make them more mathematically fair for students and allow for redemption for a missed assignment.
    26.2k
  • Supporting Executive Function Skills by Asking Questions

    Teachers can boost middle school students’ self-management skills by using questions to get their mental gears turning.
    1.9k
  • ‘Am I Your Favorite Student?’

    This question comes up fairly often, and it’s a good idea to have an answer ready to go.
    1.7k
  • How Kids Can Overcome the Awkwardness of Asking for Help

    There are many reasons students don’t ask for help. Research shows there are strategies to help them overcome their reluctance.
    1.6k
  • A STEM Project That Connects to Students’ Interest in Social Movements

    A personally and socially relevant project ties what middle school students study in science class to developments in the world around them.
    125
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    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
    38.3k
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Students to Work in Groups

    A strategy for giving students explicit feedback on group interactions promotes participation and collaboration.
    1.4k
  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
    4.7k
  • 3 Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring.
    1.2k
  • The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021

    From reframing our notion of “good” schools to mining the magic of expert teachers, here’s a curated list of must-read research from 2021.
    7.1k

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