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People of the First Light

Please suggest brief age-appropriate resources that I can share with my ten year old (5th grade) son to educate him about the diverse experience of First Nations peoples in North America. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 2, 2016 - 13 answers

The Middle Ages: This Time With Things That ACTUALLY Happened

I need some cool resources for topics relating to the Middle Ages (Europe for now, but soon Japan, northern Africa, the Middle East, etc.) that are appropriate for middle schoolers (11-13 years old, decently diverse with lots of students with special needs). Here's the catch: I would really like sources that DON'T propagate myths about the middle ages (burning witches, world is flat, church put scientists on trial, etc.) AND are interesting. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Oct 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Changing Class Schedule for a Middle Schooler

My 8th grade daughter is avoiding school because she doesn't like the people in her classes. She wants to change homerooms to be in more classes with her friends. I can't figure out if this is a reasonable thing to request from the school, and if so, how to go about doing it to maximize success. [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Oct 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Help me find good books for my 12-year-old neighbor.

So the kid next door is curious, restless, and smart as hell. He knows we have a shit ton of books, so he just asked me if he could borrow one for his weekly reading assignment. We have nothing for kids on hand, but I would really love to set him up with a few great things from the library or bookstore. Can you help me hook this kid on reading? He says he likes sports, adventure, and mystery. Bonus points for African-American content/protagonists/heroes. Thanks, everybody!
posted by kelborel on Sep 24, 2016 - 34 answers

Making Middle Schoolers Laugh

Looking for resources of clever puns, one-liners and dad jokes that will make middle school students think and laugh. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Feb 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

Does anyone have experience or knowledge (first-hand or otherwise) of the Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall? My kid has been nominated to audition, and while it sounds like a great experience, it's also costly. I guess I'm partly wondering if this is a legitimate and competitive audition or something more like a Who's Who publication where the main criterion is whether you are willing and able to pay for it.
posted by oakroom on Nov 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Eastern MA middle schools and high schools that offer classes digitally?

I'm looking for regular middle schools or high schools in eastern Massachusetts (i.e., the kinds with bricks-and-mortar buildings and classrooms with teachers and students there in person) but that also offer some courses completely digitally. E.g., students might go online to take an AP class or a foreign language not otherwise offered by the school. They might do so from home or from a computer lab at school or similar. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Seeking uncomplicated play for middle-school drama club

I am helping with the middle school play this year, and the play we picked was a PITA due to complicated staging, complicated sets, and too many parts. We want to plan better for next year. What are some good plays for 12-13-year-olds? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Schooling options for anxious middle schooler

My 12-year old son (previously and previouslier) is having trouble in middle school, to the extent that he is frequently absent because of what appears to be anxiety-related nausea. He was also recently diagnosed as what would have previously be Aspergers. I would love to hear some suggestions about alternatives to traditional schooling that might work, given some complications explained inside. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Sep 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me solve an impossible anagram puzzle!

My 12-year-old cousin got a ridiculous word scramble problem at school today and my aunt and I have spent the past 4 hours trying to decode it. 40 letters, 9 words. Can the hive mind save the day? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Aug 20, 2014 - 23 answers

technology courses advice for parents of teenagers

My neighbor has young teenage children and asked me what tech-related material they should be studying in school to assure themselves of the best employment opportunities in the future. I would like to be able to give her the most informed answer possible, so I came here for assistance. What would you tell at 13-year-old who asks you what she or he should be sure to learn about to have the widest career options going forward?
posted by ranebo on Apr 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Great cooking show for Middle School kids

Can you suggest a great cooking show to entertain and inspire my middle school 'foods' class? No fake reality TV... [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Feb 20, 2014 - 25 answers

Step right up! Oh wait, you're taller than I am...

I'm looking for fundraiser carnival game ideas for middle school kids (ages 11-14). The carnival will be held in the spring, with a Color Festival theme. We will have a color run; we're looking for booth games, as well. These kids have been playing the ring toss/ cakewalk/ bouncy castle circuit for years, so we're looking to make it more appealing to them now that they're older. Some popular ideas so far have been a football toss and outdoor twister. Do you have more? [Gotta shoot you down on the teacher pie-tossing/ dunking booth ideas, though. I'd like to keep enforcing respect for the teachers, especially since their average age is about 24.]
posted by Jane Austen on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I get my preteen son out of his head?

I have a bright, funny middle schooler who now has little interest in anything or anybody. He has no behavioral problems but can't focus on anything or connect with anyone, and it's affecting his home, school, and social life. If he was happy to live in his head, I could understand that, but he is frequently bored and lonely, and he seems incapable of making connections, both to other people and to new ideas. Can anyone give me some strategies or guidelines for working with him? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Oct 28, 2013 - 47 answers

What's "in" for 6th-8th graders this year?

I'm a single dad and my son will be entering the sixth grade in Ohio this year. What's cool for kids his age (11-12) through and up to 8th grade (13-14)? Looking for suggestions, anecdotes, first-hand experience on fads, trends, clothes, talk, etc.
posted by playmobil on Aug 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Web resources for real science data for use in kids' science classes?

I am a science teacher creating a professional development workshop for other science teachers. The topic is along the lines of "getting real scientific data and measurements from the web for your students to work with". The goal is to find "real" scientific data from the world beyond the classroom, that might make for more compelling classroom activities and investigations in high school and middle school science classes, such as biology/ecology, earth sciences, astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc. The data can be in the form of videos or images to be measured and analyzed, or raw numbers to crunch, or whatever. The data needs to be freely available on the web. Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Jul 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Need a game idea for a game programming workshop for young teens

I've got 5 three-hour sessions (over a week) to introduce a group of 11-17 year-olds to game development. I need some ideas for a game we could create in this workshop. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Trying to create a list of jobs in a hospital, with small descriptions

I am a technology teacher who is starting a careers project with my middle schoolers next month. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jan 11, 2013 - 15 answers

On observing middle school misfits

How to be a thoughtful observer during a friend's teaching of middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Nov 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Classroom management advice plz

I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
posted by marcusesses on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school?

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school? How? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Sep 19, 2012 - 32 answers

Brain based learning research and social studies classrooms.

Where can I find more academic information online about brain-based learning research? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Sep 12, 2012 - 6 answers

What should I do about a stubborn 13 year old who doesn't care about doing well in school?

What should I do about a stubborn 13 year old who doesn't care about doing well in school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 - 50 answers

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies?

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Modifying Instruction for an advanced student

Chemistry research ideas for an 8th grader? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Mar 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Is teaching a calling?

How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Nov 17, 2011 - 15 answers

how to get middle schoolers to be quiet

[TeacherFilter] Advice needed on getting these inner city middle schoolers to be quiet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 - 37 answers

Do you have any advice/tips for managing groups of middle school students in an after school program?

Do you have any advice/tips for managing groups of middle school students in an after school program? Activity suggestions are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by lovecricket on Sep 14, 2011 - 6 answers

This is your body. Let's talk.

I want to become a sex educator someday, and I'd really like to help develop a long-lasting comprehensive sex education curriculum that builds foundational emotional/interpersonal/respectful knowledge in the younger grades, and more concrete, biological/functional/logistical knowledge towards the end of high school. What's in store for me? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jul 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Plays for 8th-9th graders?

Can anyone recommend plays for performance by 8th-9th graders? I need to cast an entire class of 16-20 kids, and I'm looking for something generally gender balanced. [more inside]
posted by Greenie on Apr 28, 2011 - 20 answers

American grammar textbooks

Are there grammar textbooks at the middle school and high school (or even elementary school) levels that incorporate any of the developments in understanding of English grammar that have been made in the past several decades? [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars on Oct 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Alternatives to Starcraft?

What's the single most interesting argument, discovery, phenomenon, or historical change in your field, hobby, or other area of interest... that the average 7th grade student could comprehend and appreciate? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 2, 2010 - 28 answers

D'oh! It's all Greek to me.

Good editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey for a 12-year-old? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jun 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me show that science can be cool...

What kinds of simple, safe chemical reactions can I do to really wow a group of 6th graders? [more inside]
posted by kro on Feb 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Help me make personal finance fun for middle schoolers.

Help me make personal finance fun for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by oceano on May 14, 2009 - 14 answers

Good Plays to Do With Eighth Graders?

What are some great plays to read aloud with eighth graders? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Feb 10, 2009 - 26 answers

How to keep kids from falling asleep during an assembly...

I am looking for motivational anecdotes or stories that would appeal to students in Grades 6-8. [more inside]
posted by ms.v. on Jan 7, 2009 - 2 answers

help my kid drop acid (on plants)

ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me find a podcast for my students!

I have some middle school students who need to hear a podcast. Hit me with your favorite podcasts! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Oct 6, 2008 - 22 answers

And a hecatomb of sheep for you...

Do you know any epithets that are used commonly for celebrities? [more inside]
posted by aetg on Sep 13, 2008 - 18 answers

How to survive secondary school?

Share your tips and lessons learned -- how to help a 12-year old survive, make friends, and be happy in secondary school? [more inside]
posted by parilous on Jul 30, 2008 - 33 answers

Educational Spanish rap/chant from middle school. How does it go?

In 7th grade (1990-ish) Spanish class, in Dallas, TX, we "memorized" the capitols of the countries in Central (and maybe South) America, using a cheesy yet hypnotic rap/chant that our teacher played from a cassette tape. Can someone tell me how it went? I only remember the very beginning. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Jun 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me design a science competition!

I have been given the task of designing questions for the biology portion of an 8th grade science competition. Unfortunately I don't know what today's 8th graders are learning in biology, and the people running the competition aren't being much help. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Nov 14, 2007 - 6 answers

What's on the syllabus?

What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale on May 23, 2007 - 24 answers

Help me help this kid get a 3.5 GPA

How do I teach study skills to an eighth grader? [more inside]
posted by Kronoss on May 10, 2007 - 6 answers

How to teach e e cummings to middle schoolers

Poets and poetry enthusiasts: how to read aloud and analyze an e e cummings poem for middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by AV on Apr 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Gift for a 12 year old that's about to grieve her dog.

Good ideas for a genuine token of sympathy for a 12(ish) year old girl who is about to lose her dog? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Good Spelling Software Titles?

What are good software titles, appropriate for middle school aged kids, that will help kids learn spelling? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jun 7, 2006 - 5 answers

I'm looking for a good usability study and feature comparison for popular GIS packages, especially ArcView.

I'm looking for a good usability study and feature comparison for popular GIS packages. Particularly, I am interested in ArcView for classroom (middle and high school) use. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by badstone on Jan 13, 2004 - 5 answers

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