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Middle School Best Practices

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How I Teach My English-Language Learners to Love Writing
Education Week

3 free reads per month before subscription required - When I started a new career as a high school English-as-a-second-language teacher in 2011, I figured I was better equipped than many teachers to help students learn to write. (September 2015)

This school is using ‘Shark Tank’ to teach research and presentation skills
eSchool News

Teachers at Holly Pond Middle School are turning to a popular reality TV show as inspiration to get students interested in flexing their research and presentation skills. (August 2015)

Massachusetts teacher finds success with flip model
eSchool News

At Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, Mass., science teacher Christopher Landry spends most of his time crouching down like a catcher, talking to his students one-on-one, instead of standing in front of the board. (April 2015)

My top 6 gaming resources for STEM teaching
eSchool News

Using games to teach, and adding gamification principles to the classroom, can make learning meaningful, engaging, and fun for even the most reluctant learners. I use games in my classroom in a few ways. (February 2015)

Engineering game promotes problem solving, mechanical concepts
eSchool News

Backyard Engineers, a new game from Filament Games, is designed to teach engineering concepts and problem solving skills. It aims to help students from middle school to high school understand the principles of engineering design through experimentation. (February 2015)

These amazing kits make electronics simple and fun for every student
eSchool News

Very young students often have a hard time engaging meaningfully in electronics projects. Sure, most middle school kids can learn the function of basic electronic components and follow a set of instructions to create a basic circuit on a breadboard. Often, however, their work suffers. (January 2015)