Big Mouth Gives Insight on Puberty

Talking about puberty with a middle schooler is no easy task. When approached, their most common response is to hide their faces and call out, “Awkward!” Most of the time they just try to run away. It’s understandable. Experiencing major changes in their body and emotions is confusing. It’s normal for middle schoolers to feel […]

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December Unit Rounds Out Critical Thinking Based Learning

middle schoolers and teacher reading philosophy

When I ask people what they remember learning in middle school, they often reminisce about specific activities they did, like the time they burned a gummy bear to see how many calories it contained.  They remember specific moments that struck them as fun or inspiring. Most people can’t remember the reasons for these lessons or […]

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The Value of Field Trips

a middle schooler talking to a duck

When you think back on your school days, I would venture a guess that some of your most prominent memories involve school trips. I can barely remember my second grade teacher’s name, but I still recall in vivid detail the half day excursion we took to the police station. Unfortunately field trips are quickly becoming […]

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Teaching Feminism with a Forge

middle schoolers working in a forge

One of the best things about Arthur Morgan School’s academics is our ability to include current events in our classes. Forging and Feminism is the perfect example. In this core class, students have been exploring their own power in the forge while discovering the voices of powerful women past and present. The course combines history […]

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What is a Middle Schooler?

Middle schoolers hanging out

When I ask friends and parents what they remember about being in middle school, they almost all say the same thing, “Being a middle schooler was hard.” They rarely say it was fun or enjoyable. They mostly just remember the emotional roller coaster all of us felt as we took those first steps from childhood […]

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Benefits of Healthy School Lunches

middle schoolers eating lunch

In 1946, President Truman stated, “The well-nourished school child is a better student. He is healthier and more alert. He is developing good food habits which will benefit him for the rest of his life.” Although Truman’s message was problematic in his solitary use of male pronouns, his message was right on. The benefits of healthy […]

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Teaching Kindness to Middle Schoolers

middle schooler showing off a walking stick he received as a gift

In mid October, middle schoolers at Arthur Morgan School rush to school each morning. They burst through the front door and make a bee line for the school cubbies. Some of them are in stealth mode, checking behind their backs to make sure no one is watching. Others cannot contain their expectant excitement.  It’s Menitos […]

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Teaching Consent to Middle Schoolers

middle school by and girl talking

Middle schoolers today live in a very confusing time. The me too. movement is about to celebrate the one year mark since it went viral. The Ford-Kavanaugh sexual assault hearings are bringing sexual abuse center stage. All the while, the media continues to bombard teenagers with images of women being off-handedly objectified and marginalized by […]

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