AMLE Magazine

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 8, 2016

50% of the Class; 100% of the Learning
You are in the middle of a lesson and all the students are following along-except that one student who has lots of questions. The questions are good, engaging, and you can tell the student is making every effort to grasp today's concept. However, the...
Building STEAM in Your School
At Berwick Alternative School, we began building STEAM last year-this year we're moving full STEAM ahead!Berwick, a K-8 school in Columbus, Ohio, has enjoyed a strong legacy of success; however, our learning community came together to reinvent the future,...
Classroom Management with Voice-Movement-Task
Sometimes it's the simple things that are the solution to classroom management problems.Consider the simple task of giving directions. As basic as they may be, directions are the infrastructure of a well-managed classroom. Clear directions give students...
Coding Is TOPS in Middle School
One fine September morning, a class of eighth graders funneled into Angela's fourth floor classroom expecting a new logic problem, math puzzle, or challenge.But not that day. Instead, the students noticed 12 small, sphereshaped mechanical robots placed...
Flipping the Social Studies Classroom
What's so great about flipped classrooms?Flipped teaching is a great way to create an active, vibrant classroom and enhance student learning. It requires students to complete lower levels of cognitive work outside the classroom and focus on the application,...
Freewriting Middle Grades Math
In the minds of middle grades learners, math and writing typically don't go together. With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) things have changed!If you'd asked me not too long ago about the challenges of teaching pre-algebra to adolescents, I would...
Humanities in a STEM World
John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, recently wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report entitled "STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future."Engler pointed out the United States' reliance...
In Every Issue: MENTOR ME
QUESTION"Several of my students have invited me to be 'friends' on Facebook, but I am nervous about communicating with them via social media. Any advice?"As social networking continues to increase, questions about issues such as free speech rights, and...
Leading with the Student Voice
Recently, in response to a group of middle school students who asked about my journey to becoming a school leader, I recalled my 23-year journey to being awarded my Ph.D., in 2004 and my mother's sage advice.I remember telling my mother that I just wanted...
Learning in the Wild
Jane Goodall, 80 years young, is one of my heroes. Anthropologist, ethologist, conservationist, animal rights activist, educator-she has held my dream job for more than 50 years, living with and studying the wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Goodall didn't...
Making Tough Technology Decisions
No school districts want to be featured on the nightly news because of their poor choices in technology decisions or for implementing technology plans that end up wasting the taxpayers' dollars.But technology decisions are tough, first, because there...
Megaphone
Amusing, interesting, and provocative comments from the field of education"The kids of today, they tap, swipe, and pinch their way through the world. But unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators."-...
Preventing Underage Drinking
April is Alcohol Awareness Month-a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems. Although underage drinking is on the decline, it still presents a significant challenge.At about age 9, children begin thinking...
Spotlight on Guy Gambone
Each month, AMLE turns the spotlight on a member who is making an impact in middle level education. This month, we would like to introduce Guy Gambone, a middle school social studies teacher in Hawaii.1. AMLE's work is founded on This We Believe. What...
Standards-Merely a Good Place to Start
It used to be that the school or district leader's answer to the fundamental question, "What are the most important things for me to teach this year?" invariably was, "Check your standards." Such an answer is dismissive and unhelpful.All of us teach...
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