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The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home

The upcoming school year will be filled with uncertainty, but they need to keep students engaged while working from home feels like a sure thing. Fortunately, there is a science of motivation.

The sudden, unplanned move to distance learning during spring 2020 drove a wedge into the middle of the school year—disrupting academic schedules, putting an end to extracurriculars, and undercutting the assessment and academic feedback cycles in most schools. Student motivation, predictably, foundered.

Creating a Schoolwide Racial and Social Justice Initiative

A step-by-step process for developing a program for the entire school community.

Black students face disproportionate outcomes in education, health, and policing. Schools can play an important role in addressing these challenges.

7 Ways to Help Kids Start Middle School When They’re Rarely in the Building

Bridging the transition between elementary and middle school is always important—but this year’s strategies will require some rethinking.

The transition to middle school is a high-stakes shift for many young teens. It comes at a time when they’re experiencing brisk cognitive growth as neural pathways associated with social connections and identity kick into high gear,

Making STEM More Engaging and Inclusive

By allowing student interests to guide projects, teachers can open up the world of STEM to learners who have previously been sidelined.

We have a STEM problem in the United States. Once a world leader, the United States currently ranks 27th among developed nations in the number of bachelor’s degrees given in science or engineering.

Starting the Year With Adaptable Literacy Preassessments

Planning to assess literacy skills in formats that work in either live or remote instruction will help middle school teachers meet students where they are.

At the beginning of each school year, my eighth-grade English students arrive with varying levels of proficiency in reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening. Especially after we ended the previous school year in emergency remote learning, it will be essential to assess students’ skills quickly and effectively to meet them where they are and differentiate instruction as needed.

Some pre-assessments I plan to use this year are adaptations of ones I have done in the past; others are ones I’ll be administering for the first time this year.