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Never Work Harder Than Your Students!

NEA edCommunities Middle School Strategies Group

If you've taught for any number of years, your lesson plans can become a yearly repeat of the same content delivered to a different audience. What if your lessons turned into vehicles for students to take more and more responsibility for their own learning? Use this lesson planning template with guiding questions to achieve a gradual release of responsibility to students, as you support them in becoming more independent thinkers. 

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Vocabulary Instruction That Rocks!
NEA edCommunities Works4Me Group

Vocabulary and its strong relationship to comprehension has been verified over and over again. Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read as well as reading to learn. It has a direct impact on comprehension and plays a strong role in overall school success.

Effective vocabulary instruction is key to helping students achieve their reading goals. Robert Marzano has created a research-based set of six steps to build academic vocabulary that has stood the test of time. Visit the link to download the free PDF with descriptions of each step, graphic organizers, and additional references for more information.  

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The Defiant Student
A student challenges your every decision. What do you do? Listen to these seasoned teachers offer their best tips for turning around a potentially explosive classroom situation.

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Music in Our Schools Month
By Phil Nast, Retired Middle School Teacher

Now, when public school music programs face budget cuts, is a critical time to support music in our schools. March is Music in Our Schools Month and we’ve collected a multitude of ideas to bring music to life for your students. Find K-12 lesson plans, games, and cultural links to help you celebrate the beauty that is music.

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