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!
Looking for resources of clever puns, one-liners and dad jokes that will make middle school students think and laugh. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Can you suggest a great cooking show to entertain and inspire my middle school 'foods' class? No fake reality TV... [more inside]
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.]
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]
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.
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]
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]
I am a technology teacher who is starting a careers project with my middle schoolers next month. [more inside]
How to be a thoughtful observer during a friend's teaching of middle schoolers? [more inside]
I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school? How? [more inside]
Where can I find more academic information online about brain-based learning research? [more inside]
What should I do about a stubborn 13 year old who doesn't care about doing well in school? [more inside]
How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
Chemistry research ideas for an 8th grader? [more inside]
How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
[TeacherFilter] Advice needed on getting these inner city middle schoolers to be quiet. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Good editions of the Iliad and the Odyssey for a 12-year-old? [more inside]
What kinds of simple, safe chemical reactions can I do to really wow a group of 6th graders? [more inside]
Help me make personal finance fun for middle schoolers. [more inside]
What are some great plays to read aloud with eighth graders? [more inside]
I am looking for motivational anecdotes or stories that would appeal to students in Grades 6-8. [more inside]
ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
I have some middle school students who need to hear a podcast. Hit me with your favorite podcasts! [more inside]
Do you know any epithets that are used commonly for celebrities? [more inside]
Share your tips and lessons learned -- how to help a 12-year old survive, make friends, and be happy in secondary school? [more inside]
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]
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]
What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
How do I teach study skills to an eighth grader? [more inside]
Poets and poetry enthusiasts: how to read aloud and analyze an e e cummings poem for middle schoolers? [more inside]
Good ideas for a genuine token of sympathy for a 12(ish) year old girl who is about to lose her dog? [more inside]
What are good software titles, appropriate for middle school aged kids, that will help kids learn spelling? [more inside]
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]