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Digital Citizenship for Middle School Students: What We Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying
bullying Digital Citizenship for Middle School Students: What We Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is a persistent problem in middle schools. According to a recent report, bullying in general peaks in middle school with nearly a third of all sixth graders having reported some form of intimidation or harassment online. A solid third of all middle school students from all grades report that they have been victims of cyberbullying. Those statistics have been on a steady rise over the last several years, going up several percentage points each year. continue reading October 22, 2019
education Impeachment Fever: Helping Students Understand the U.S. Constitution We’re in the midst of a Constitutional crisis and arguments about impeachment are breaking out in school cafeterias and family kitchen tables all across the country. continue reading October 13, 2019
Impeachment Fever: Helping Students Understand the U.S. Constitution
The Decline By Nine: How to Increase a Love of Reading Before Middle School
education The Decline By Nine: How to Increase a Love of Reading Before Middle School At a recent meeting in a K-8 school, we made a successful presentation of Midgard books to the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade history teachers. All of them were excited to get the books and curriculum programs and anticipated that their students would “really get into this.” As the meeting ended, though, a fourth grade teacher popped in and asked if she should be a part of this discussion. continue reading October 13, 2019
Columbus Day The Warning of Columbus Day: Why We Can’t Forget On Columbus Day, our hearts always go out to the indigenous people who lost so much due to the exploitations of the Europeans. Knowing the details of history doesn’t lessen the pain endured by real people who suffered and died so that others could be enriched. continue reading October 7, 2019
The Warning of Columbus Day: Why We Can’t Forget
Developing Better Practices: How Action Research Leads to Education Innovation
education Developing Better Practices: How Action Research Leads to Education Innovation Every classroom experience is affected by predictable and unpredictable variables. For the most part what happens in the “trenches” is not covered in education classes. Sometimes there are instinctual situations where teachers just know what to do, but there is a way to bring more intentionality to practices. continue reading October 7, 2019
diversity Congratulations Connecticut! But Inclusivity Needs to Start Now The Midgard vision of bringing more inclusivity to schools across the country got a major boost from lawmakers in Connecticut this month when the State passed a law requiring high schools to teach African American and Latino history, though only as a one-credit elective. continue reading September 30, 2019
Congratulations Connecticut! But Inclusivity Needs to Start Now
Civics Education is a Necessity Now!
civics Civics Education is a Necessity Now! In a recent essay in The Atlantic, George Packer, a prominent political writer, reviewed the difficulties his family faced as his children went through New York City’s notoriously inefficient public and private school systems. What struck him as egregious was the complete lack of civics education—especially in this time when the civic intersectionality of our lives is so contentious. continue reading September 30, 2019
best practices Reading Books Still Rules: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books The Irish Times recently reported on a new book by Leah Price, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books. She found that reading actual printed books, ink on paper, was more impactful and more enjoyable to students and people in general than electronic equivalents. Here are some highlights: continue reading September 19, 2019
Reading Books Still Rules: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
From White House to School House: Presidential Candidates on Education
education From White House to School House: Presidential Candidates on Education Here’s the good news. All candidates love education. Here’s the reality. Both Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and Obama’s Race to the Top have been controversial at best, and Common Core remains an oft-cited example of government overreach. In truth, each state can determine how it wants to set up its public schools. Federal involvement comes in the form of money. continue reading September 19, 2019
education Congratulations New Jersey! On Beating Massachusetts as the Highest Ranked School System They said it couldn’t be done and it barely was done, but done it was. The Garden State, home of the Boss Bruce Springsteen, so no stranger to being a victorious underdog, etched out the Ivy League-choked, four-time champ, commonwealth of Massachusetts, getting a venerable B+ in Quality Counts 2019, the 23rd annual report card of state education systems issued by the Education Week Research Center. continue reading September 15, 2019
Congratulations New Jersey! On Beating Massachusetts as the Highest Ranked School System
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