AMLE Magazine

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 5, January

Celebrate the Reader Within
Motivating young adolescents to read can be trying, morale-deflating, and exhausting. At the drop of a hat, some students can come up with a reason they don't want to read or can't read. These reasons range from not having anything to read to not having...
Common Core and 21st Century Skills
Last year, my inclusion co-teacher and I were asked to implement the New York State Teaching Modules associated with the Common Core English/ language arts curriculum. Simultaneously we would pilot a district-wide laptop initiative centered on incorporating...
Contributing by Writing
Writing for education publications is a thrill. It's synergistic, too. Writing about teaching makes us better teachers, and teaching students makes us better writers. And though we may not realize it at first, many educators are looking for that one...
Curiosity and Problem-Based Learning
Curiosity. When I asked my eighth grade English students at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for their reaction to that word, at least one student in each class blurted, "Curiosity killed the cat, Miss Young!" and the rest of the class...
Empowering Students to Write
How do we meet the needs of all our students so that they learn to write successfully, enjoy writing, and are prepared to share their voice in the world?How do we prepare them to use writing as a tool to learn more about the world?Common Core State Standards...
Helping Students Understand the Rigors of Assessment Text
Whether your state uses Common Core or its own standards, your students must be able to tackle rigorous text on their assessments- especially given the fact that both ACT and SAT use advanced rigor in text and questioning.You can help your students understand...
In Every Issue: MENTOR ME
QUESTION"Perseverance is critical to student achievement. How can I encourage my struggling students to be patient, persist, and have faith in their abilities when their first inclination is to say 'I just don't get it'?"For about a decade, I taught...
In Every Issue: PERSPECTIVES
? QUESTION"What are the top 3-5 professional development activities you consider most beneficial to you as a middle grades educator?"AMBER CHANDLERTEACHERHAMBURG, NYFinding a WayA few years ago I wouldn't have looked at professional development as something...
Literature Circles and Student-Led Discussions
It was nearing the end of second hour. The students in my sixth grade reading and language arts class followed my lead as I closed the book. They were ready for me to pose a question about the portion of the novel we had just read.The majority of their...
Making Historical Figures Three Dimensional
The most important plot for middle grades students isn't necessarily the one in the book they are reading-it's the plot that addresses the fundamental question, "Who am I?" Biographical trade books allow students to explore events and actions that shaped...
Making Math Homework Work
Learning and understanding happen over time, sometimes through perseverance and often with a few missteps along the way. Math teachers integrate ways for students to practice within the class setting, but most of us also send work home regularly. Sometimes...
Megaphone
Amusing, interesting, and provocative comments from the field of education"Asking whether online learning is a good thing is much like asking whether email, Target, and TurboTax are good things."- Michael B. horn and heather Staker in Blended: Using...
Minds-On, Hands-Off Learning
Middle school students are growing and developing into actively thinking young adults. To become critical thinkers who take ownership of their work, they need guided autonomy embedded in rich learning experiences. This kind of instructional model is...
New Year's Resolutions
Welcome to 2015! Have you begun working on your New Year's resolutions? My friends and family long ago stopped asking me about my New Year's resolutions because my answer was always the same: I don't make New Year's resolutions.But this year I do have...
Spotlight on Lead2Feed
We asked Debby Dodge, grant manager for Lead2Feed/Lift a Life Foundation a series of questions about the important part service learning and common vision play in developing caring, compassionate young adolescents.1. What is Lead2Feed's vision and how...
The Classroom and the Dinner Party
"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him....the people who give you their food, give you their heart."This bit of advice from activist Cesar Chavez has wonderful application in the middle school classroom if you imagine...
Weaving Math and Language Arts Literacy
Why do students think they have to choose to be "good at math" or "good at English"? Why do they assume the two are somehow disconnected?The fact is that math can enhance students' abilities in written and oral communication skills, and language arts...
Welcoming School Counselors to the Team
Educators traditionally have turned to school counselors to calm emotional students, mediate students in conflict, and handle crisis situations. Also, traditionally, much of counselors' time has been given to such tasks as preparing for standardized...
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