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A Crazy Place Called Middle School

As a group of middle school teachers, let's share ideas that have been successful in the classroom!

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Comment by Mr. Peterson on September 30, 2014 at 4:09am

It's not too early to start thinking about classroom math projects for Halloween!
Give this one a try, "The Frankenstein Project", by Hungry Teacher
http://hungryteacher.com/essential_grid/the-frankenstein-project/
Topics: Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Graphing, Measurement, Proportional Reasoning
Grade Level(s): Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth
Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours
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http://www.hungryteacher.com

Comment by Leon Avrech on September 24, 2014 at 11:39am

Hi, I am a retired middle school teacher, vice principal, principal and mentor teacher. 37 yrs. in middle school. I have a passion to help new teachers succeed. My book, "THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS" is an enormous help to new teachers and those planning to teach. Applicable to all grade levels. Available at amazon.com barnesandnoble.com ebook format at xlibris.com Thank you and please tell others. Leon Avrech San Jose CA

Comment by Samantha Biskach on April 7, 2014 at 10:25am

Hi Mary! This is my first year with honors level students, so I am definitely learning a lot about their learning styles as opposed to my middle level students I taught last year. I would like to further their understandings of literature and writing we complete that will keep them even more engaged...especially for the Common Core State Standards that my state as adopted (Maryland).

Comment by Mary Anna Kruch on April 7, 2014 at 9:29am

Ha! Samantha, I meant to ask if you are teaching a sixth grade honors CLASS! 

Comment by Samantha Biskach on April 7, 2014 at 9:16am

Hi all! I am a 6th grade HAP/Honors teacher with the language arts content. In reference to writing, what are some ways you use to collect data with your students progression of writing? Since I will be writing my SLO/teacher evaluation on this area of language arts, what are other ways I could keep data? I have used writing folders, but are there any other suggestions? Thanks!

Comment by Megan Rice on April 6, 2014 at 3:15pm

I believe it was Beth, who mentioned she is constructing a lesson that requires the use of multiple novels and needed some more information in regards to blogs, as she wanted to use those as the large, technology piece when incorporating these nine novels.  I recently just started a webpage in two different sites; Google and Weebly.  Honestly, Weebly is so much smoother and cleaner to use, in my opinion... if you are a format nerd (like me), I think you will see the differences as well.  With Weebly, you just have to click and drag formats, in Google, it is not as easy (that's not to say it is hard, because it isn't), the changes are just not as fluied on Google.  Obviously, this is just my experience and opinion.  Another application I have used within my district is EduBlogs, which again is another relatively seamless way to create a blog.  So Beth, I think you have quite a few options to look and choice from yourself, I find the amount of access to these web applications can almost be overwhelming, so good luck!

Comment by Franny Glass on March 30, 2014 at 1:46pm

I saw this article...very interesting. Do you think the increase in the rates of ASD are from an increase in prevelance or changes in diagnostic criteria?

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2014/03/autism_spectrum_disor...

Comment by Megan Rice on March 21, 2014 at 6:28pm

Hi Everyone!  My name is Megan and I am certified to teach middle level social studies and english.  I have taught for four years, three of which were with 6th graders, and I love this age!  (Well, for the most part anyway ;) )  So, what are your best Web 2.0 tools that you use with middle schoolers?  I like using Educreation, Edublogs, and Screencast-O-Matic.  Any applications you use and like would be greatly appreciated, as I'm always looking for new tools, thanks!

Comment by Mr. Peterson on February 25, 2014 at 4:50pm
"Toilet Talk"   by Hungry Teacher
You may want to wash your hands after you’re done.
Mathematical Domains: Geometry, Measurement and Data, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Numbers and Operations
Topics: Unit Rates, Unit Conversions, Volume, Area, Perimeter, Circumference, Diameter, Percents, Measurement
www.hungryteacher.com
Comment by Franny Glass on February 22, 2014 at 2:05pm

Hello! I am a Middle School English teacher at a private school for special needs students. I never thought I would teach Middle School, but strangely I love that age group. I am interested in learning more about incorporating technology into language arts instruction, motivating middle school students, and anything related to special education.

 

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