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6-8 Middle School

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

  • 7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons

    The way a lesson is laid out online can make all the difference in whether a student can follow along and execute it successfully.
    Elizabeth Skopec
  • How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging

    Take advantage of online resources and simple experiments students can do at home to keep them learning in all teaching scenarios.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • 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.’
    Holly Korbey
  • Designing Your LMS to Make Distance Learning Better

    Intentionally setting up a learning management system where everything students need is easy to access can help them all be successful.
  • One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

    A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.
  • 5 Apps to Enhance Distance Learning

    These (mostly free) applications allow teachers to create virtual classrooms, record lessons, and collect student work.
  • Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

    Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.
  • Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works

    The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.
  • Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

    Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.
  • Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom

    When schools closed, teachers were forced to get creative—and they’ve learned things they can use when they’re back at school.
  • Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
  • Adapting Science Lessons for Distance Learning

    With a little creativity, students can still take part in science experiments and discussions while learning at home.
  • Creating a Schoolwide Culture of Critique

    A framework called six thinking hats helps students learn the essential skill of giving and receiving feedback.
  • Reflections—and Lessons Learned—From Remote Learning

    Experiences during remote learning inspire a teacher to reconsider—and refresh—her curriculum for the fall.

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