Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 6-8

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Speaking the Same (S)Language

By Emily Johnson on Feb 10, 2022 7:54 PM

In a recent unit in my eighth grade language arts classes, my middle school students have been digging into word origins, meaning, and the evolution of language. We have discussed big questions like:
  • Who (what groups or individuals) influence and change the English language? How do they do this?
  • Why do dictionaries matter? How can they be helpful/useful for English speakers/readers/writers?
  • Will the English language ever stop evolving?
  • How has the English language changed over time? (consider inventions, geography, humanity, etc)
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Understanding the Middle School Brain

By Worthington Christian School on Aug 26, 2021 8:00 PM

One moment, our middle schooler makes a great choice and shows signs of maturity. The next moment, they do something so foolish it catches us off-guard and leaves us feeling frustrated and confused. Middle school is notoriously challenging. Teachers, parents, and students alike experience difficulty during this period of development. Understanding that your middle schooler is going through significant brain changes may help you relate better to them and empower you to care for them.

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Encouraging Your Middle Schooler as a Reader and Writer

By Emily Johnson on Nov 12, 2020 8:00 PM

As a seventh and eighth grade English teacher, I am both intrigued and disheartened by how many students enter my class who have already declared themselves "not a reader" or "not a writer." Certainly, writing a literary analysis in middle school language arts is different than writing an Instagram post or texting with friends, but we are all readers and writers. As parents, family members, and support system members of middle school students, we have a tremendous opportunity to encourage students as communicators.

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