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6-8 Middle School

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

  • Two teenage girls playing eSports at school.

    Promoting a Sense of Community With Esports

    An esports program with clubs, courses, and competitive teams can increase students’ feelings of belonging in the school community.
    John McCarthy
    219
  • Teenagers participate in community food drive

    How Community Service Supports Students in Tough Times

    Giving struggling middle and high school students opportunities to help others may ease some of the stress they’re feeing this year.
    269
  • Boy remote learning at home on laptop

    How to Help Students Improve Executive Functioning During Hybrid Learning

    Students who struggle with executive functioning may find hybrid learning difficult, but there are simple ways to make it easier.
    717
  • An illustration of teens raking objects into ordered piles

    8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

    Middle and high school students suddenly face more complex schedules, tougher academic work, and an expanding network of friends. How can we help them manage it all?
    7.7k
  • High school student reading a book while sitting at her desk in a classroom

    Even Older Kids Should Have Time to Read in Class

    If the goal is to develop lifelong readers, students need time in class to practice—and learn to enjoy—reading.
    8.8k
  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
    40.1k
  • An illustration of the interior thoughts of a boy

    Are We Facing a Mental Health Crisis for Boys?

    Emphasizing stoicism, toughness, and competition can leave boys without the emotional tools they need to thrive. How can we change course before the problem gets out of hand?
    5.1k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    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.’
    37.8k
  • Teenage girl distance learning on laptop at home

    Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On

    Incorporating SEL approaches, playing games, and giving students options can inspire them to show their faces.
    21.5k
  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    A Better Breakout Room Experience for Students

    Five strategies that help middle and high school students form a community of learners in the virtual classroom.
    5.8k
  • Illustration concept for community

    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
    10.8k
  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
    3.8k
  • Illustration showing pencil erasing scribble

    How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade

    Work that emphasizes students’ developing skills instead of a graded product reminds them to see learning as their goal.
    10.5k
  • Child uses Dynavox alternative communication device

    Students With Limited Verbal Capabilities Can Thrive in Inclusive Classrooms

    With the right support, students who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate can do well in integrated classrooms.
    1.9k
  • an illustration of students learning online with masks

    6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

    Celebrating your middle and high school students' unique identities can bolster connections and improve performance in school.
    10.4k

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