Resource Roundup

Resources for the Middle School Teacher

April 19, 2013

BIG Thoughts Edition

As educators, we are also learners. We need to have our thinking challenged, our eyes opened to new ways of teaching and learning, and our hearts reminded of why we chose this profession in the first place. The BIG Thoughts edition is a collection of blog posts, newspaper articles, and other resources to help us to maintain our relevance, explore new ideas, think critically, and be aware of the various voices in education today.

10 Things Your Students Need From You

As educators, we have a huge responsibility towards each child entrusted to us. It is our duty to try our best to meet the needs of the students in our classroom and to help them become productive members of our communities. Sometimes we need to step out of our ‘teacher shoes’ and step into the shoes of a student to help us better understand them, since they are not always very adept at verbalizing their thoughts. Here are ten things you would learn from their point of view. - By Jennifer Rita Nichols

Are You an Editor or Critic?

In education, we have millions of students who are writing the stories of their lives, and we must decide if we will be their editors or their critics. Before we make a decision, we need to decide which role we play in the lives of children. - Jon Wink

My New Favorite Word: YET

Read what Kristen Swanson has to say about the power of the word YET for teacher and students. A short post with important classroom implications...

Generation Gap: 10 Things Children Today Will Never Need to Know

While there’s no denying that progress is a wonderful thing, the rate at which the world is changing is creating an environment in which objects that were commonplace to today’s parents will be virtually unheard of when their babies become adults. These are 10 simple things that Generations X and Y took for granted, but are likely to be complete mysteries to children born in 2013 as they reach maturity.


Learning is happening everywhere, all the time! We have bottled a little bit of that learning in each Wonder of the Day®. Experience a daily dose of time with your child to make the most of each and every moment together — learn something new, try out an idea, create a masterpiece, imagine possibilities. It’s easy. It’s fun. But the learning is big!


Why Do Teachers Ask Questions They Know the Answers To?

Here's a TEDxCreativeCoast video - The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice - that answers this question and showcases the power of a PBL / design-based approach to learning. Turn curricula into design challenges, classrooms into workshops and teach students to think like designers.

While you watch it, try to think of a meaningful career that looks like filling out a worksheet.

TEDxCreativeCoast - McGrath Davies - The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice

Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School

Every child should be graded on class participation -- and parents don't help their children when they argue otherwise. - by Jessica Lahey

The Resource Roundup Library

Miss the previous editions? Find them here...

April 12, 2013: Literacy Strategies

April 2, 2013: Content Collection

March 29, 2013: Technology Tools

February 13, 2013

February 5, 2013

January 18, 2013

January 9, 2013

Jamie Neibling

Middle School Teaching & Learning Coach

Martial Artist, Thinker, Reader, Learner