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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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    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.
    Henry Seton
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    Does Our Natural Affinity for Games Have a Place in the Classroom?

    When one teacher organized his students into teams of competing barbarians, they embraced learning about ancient Rome.
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    5 Ways to Take Some of the Distance Out of Distance Learning

    It’s important this year to keep connecting with students and fostering their engagement in learning.
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    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.
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    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
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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.’
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    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.
    9.9k
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    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.
    9.2k
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    How to Spend Less Time Grading

    Carefully deciding what to grade and providing students with rubrics can make grading less time-consuming.
    3.6k
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    How to Set Up a Science Fair During the Pandemic

    A middle school science teacher preps her students for science fair by exploring their interest in real world issues.
    1.5k
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    Virtual Literature Circles Create a Safe Space for Students

    Discussions that are centered in students' experiences spark more text-to-self connections and help students internalize concepts like empathy.
    3.4k
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    Using High Expectations to Boost Students’ Sense of Belonging

    Research shows that when students—particularly those from traditionally marginalized groups—feel like they belong in the classroom, they engage more deeply in the learning process.
    2.2k
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    Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
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    Engaging Students in Virtual Instruction With the Camera Off

    Giving students the option to turn their cameras off may make them more comfortable and open up new possibilities for teaching.
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    5 Ways to Support Kids With ADHD During Remote Learning

    Without the rules and structure of the classroom, students with ADHD are struggling. Here’s how teachers can help.
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