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Middle School

Growing Up: The Hardest, Most Enjoyable Thing You Will Do

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

When you're an adolescent, coming into your teen years sounds awesome. We wake up every morning pick out outfits based on how we feel that day, or consider the thought of grabbing the attention of a cute boy at school. Life is so easy for us then.

The 15 Most Popular Tech Truths From My Conversations With Middle School Students

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Have you ever wondered what middle schoolers have to say about technology? Have you wanted access to their thoughts and feelings and beliefs around the device culture? Do you want to talk to your middle schooler about technology, but aren't sure where to begin? Well, I've been taking notes just for you!

8 Things I Wish I Could Tell My '80s 8th Grade Self

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

If he won't hold your hand, acknowledge you in the halls or even look at you at school, but he likes to make out with you after school in the orange grove... he's probably not that into you.

What Do Teachers Really Want for Teacher Appreciation Week?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

I walked into my classroom this morning a bit groggy and bleary-eyed from a terrific weekend -- a weekend not spent grading or lesson planning, but instead, spent with my daughter on a surprise early Mother's Day weekend visit.

4 Steps to Writing a Successful Essay Prompt

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Brett Murphy Hunt

As both a college lecturer and a tutor, I participate in the two sides of the academic exchange. With the first role, I am the person assigning projects and essays; with the other role, I handle the multitude of students confused by the directions for their projects and essays.

What Were You Doing When You Were In Middle School?

Allie Smith | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Allie Smith

Mrs. Corcoran told me that at least three of the peers want to be special education teachers, another four have expressed interest in occupational, speech or physical therapy. And another student wants to be pediatric neurologist, focusing on autism.

What About Middle School?

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 04.28.2015 | New York
Julie Slotnik Sturm

Fifth grade is underway and middle school is the main topic of conversation among parents. Worrying seems to be an Olympic sport but I'm trying not to compete. I tell myself, "My kid is a good student, he'll be fine."

Five of the Top Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger has ranked the top schools of every grade category in Illinois--elementary, middle and high school. The rankings are based on each school's average standard test score.

You Can't Measure This

Michael Elliot | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

What matters is that the best teachers care. They inspire. They forge relationships that acknowledge that children are complex beings; they see and address students' needs and possibilities.

Does Your Computer Have a Voice?

Janie Emaus | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Janie Emaus

Right then, the computer started calculating. "What's happening?" I asked. "We're getting graded," she explained. "Right now?" My heart chugged in my throat as the seconds ticked by. I covered my eyes with my hands and peeked through my fingers at the little ball circling on the screen.

Reliving Middle School in Middle Age

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

I hope that what I tell my daughter will also be true for me, so I keep my head down and assure myself that this will pass in time.

These Students Are On A Mission To Take Down Teen Dating Violence

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.27.2015 | Teen

What started out as a school project about teen dating violence quickly turned into something much larger for six Texas students. The girls, who a...

5 Ways You Are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (And What To Do About It)

Liz Frank | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being A Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then

You Can Sit With Us: Teens Make Sure No One Has to Eat Alone

David Kudler | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
David Kudler

When Regina George's gang turn on her in Mean Girls and say, "You can't sit with us," it's comedy. When it happens to a real teen, it's a tragedy -- and not just for that kid.

3 Easy Steps to Shift a Student From Struggle to Success

Liz Frank | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

The motivation was fear induced and devoid of a plan. I wasn't learning for the sake of learning. I was learning so my mom wouldn't yell. Not exactly fostering natural curiosity.

Why You Can't Fix Your Pre-Teen's Social Angst

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

Middle school is a treacherous time for kids, but I didn't anticipate how tough it would be for a parent. I didn't expect to relive that time again so painfully as a mother, nor did I anticipate that the parental remove can bring not only perspective, but also extra heartache.

14, Unplugged, and Innovating

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

I have a coffee shop scene burned in my mind that I cannot seem to shake: ten teen girls sitting in a circle, each one of them looking down at their smartphones. Eye contact did not appear to be on the menu that day.

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

From Educator to Venture-Backed Edtech Entrepreneur

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Although Eileen Murphy never planned to become an edtech entrepreneur before starting her company ThinkCERCA in 2012, she already had tremendous success building elite educational organizations.

Subbing in Middle School: The 10th Circle of Hell

Paul Janes-Brown | Posted 12.22.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Janes-Brown

At 8 A. M. I was called by the sub teacher computer and asked if I would like an assignment that was for Tuesday at 7:30 A.M. Thinking it was Monday, I gladly accepted the job despite there being no instructions from the teacher.

Eight Things I Wish I Had Known As an 11-Year-Old

Christina Grasso | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Christina Grasso

through my nonprofit and advocacy work, I find myself speaking to and mentoring young women and girls at middle schools and high schools, predominantly on body image and self-acceptance.

Middle Schoolers: Victory On and Off the Field

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

There are many ways for our children to experience teamwork and success on and off the field and the wonderful part is that these experiences can be complimentary.

What Happens When Kids Make Mistakes Online: A Story Of Social Media Frenemies

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The addition of technology to the mix, however, instantly changed that sleepover from a night young girls could remember fondly to an evening that Hailey would forever regret.

The Horror of Syntax

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sarah Sweeney

There comes a point in listening to a young man's conversation on the subway where you wonder just how many times, grammatically and with proper synta...