Carly Ullmer finds herself wasting a lot of time because of interruptions during student conferences, so she makes building stamina in her middle school students a priority.
Kim Campbell suggests activities and prompts to energize narrative writing with teens.
Carly Ulmer uses visual literacy to build writing skills with her seventh graders through two powerful minilessons.
Christy Rush-Levine finds the best way to help her middle school students learn to read closely for literary analysis is through student writing. They begin with analyzing student exemplars from the Common Core, and then move to shared texts as they hone their skills.
Christy Rush-Levine makes links between standards, video clips, and close reading.
What information is gathered by a teacher sitting in a rocking chair quietly watching her students? Christy Rush-Levine discover it is plenty.
Christy Rush-Levine challenges the notion that there is anything easy or natural about getting young teens to select and read books independently in classrooms.
Carly Ullmer presents a fun activity for introducing teens to new books and each other as readers, capitalizing on their interests.
What do you do on day one? Christy Rush-Levine describes the routines in her middle school classroom.
Carly Ullmer learns a powerful lesson about teaching her middle school students to respond to peer writing.
Jillian Heise’s middle school students design text sets late in the school year. It’s a great activity for discovering how they have grown as readers, as well as a gift to next year’s class.
Jillian Heise shares a marvelous poetry writing activity for students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school.
Christy Rush-Levine finds she has to rethink learning targets for her middle school students if she wants students to pursue complex and lifelong reading goals.
Jillian Heise uses the quirky genre of book blurbs in her middle school classroom to model summaries and glean information about students’ comprehension, reading interests, and writing skills.
Melanie Meehan finds a notebooks tour is a terrific minilesson for helping students expand the ways they use notebooks.
Jillian Heise uses the lowly paint-chip board to inspire poetry in her middle school students.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Erin Ocon compiles a list of the ways she publishes writing of her teen students.
If your goal is to get teens more excited about independent reading, Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions to help.
Katie Doherty helps students make choices for independent reading.
Beth Honeycutt and Rita Schaeffer introduce a reading and writing activity to their eighth-grade students designed to help them understand philanthropy, using a video to enhance the lesson.
Kim Campbell has suggestions for ways teachers can help introverts have more say in literacy workshops.
Kim Campbell shares her favorite nonfiction short texts to use with adolescents.
Some of our students lead such hard lives. Christy Rush-Levine explores how teachers can keep from being dragged into the undertow of the most difficult situations children face.
Gretchen Taylor concludes her two-part series on spelling instruction in middle school. In this installment, Gretchen visits a colleague in the primary grades to get advice and practical insight.
Gretchen Taylor’s overscheduled middle school students have almost no time for reading outside the classroom. She finds that some reflective inquiry helps them build reading habits at home.
Gretchen Taylor has a common teacher's lament about spelling, so she decides to do something about it. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
Christy Rush-Levine uses striking texts that inspire multiple readings by her middle school students.
Jennifer Schwanke has a student who just won't sit still and behave appropriately in her middle school classroom. She finally gives up. That's where the learning begins.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
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