All By Myself – A Tribute to Stay Back

middle school teacher working in garden by themselves

This week the students and staff of Arthur Morgan School are visiting Cape Romain.  They are having a wonderful time learning about coastal ecology, participating in service work, and playing on the beach. This blog post isn’t about them though.  I will write about their adventures next week making sure to include plenty of student […]

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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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How to Deal with Bullies in Middle School

depressed teen

I was bullied in middle school. It’s not a story I tell many people, but around seventh grade, I was at an all time low. I was being beat up relentlessly in my classes. Kids teased me about my clothes, the way I talked and even how I walked.  I felt constantly watched and always […]

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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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How to Manage Teenage Rebellion and Turn it into Growth

a teenager rebelling against a teacher

Leaf season is always a special time. Thousands of people flock to the Blue Ridge Parkway in these few precious weeks of October to see the mountains transform in a collage of canary yellow, sunburnt orange, and rusty red.  It’s an annual cycle that lets us know the final harvest is here and it’s time […]

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Internships as a Middle School Science Curriculum

Middle school students disecting turkeys

Creating a science curriculum for middle schoolers can be a challenging experience. Much of the material available to teachers is either directed at the elementary or high school levels. Teachers must either choose between childish introductory activities or heavy texts that get too complicated. Middle schoolers require a different methodology of teaching. In the National […]

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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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Reasons to Send Your Child to Boarding School

middle school students picking grapes

When parents decide to send their child to boarding school, many of them cite the following usual reasons: smaller class sizes, more extracurricular activities and trips, improved life skills, better teachers, and better preparation for college. These are all great reasons, but there are also so many more! Boarding school isn’t just about placing your […]

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Social and Emotional Learning through Outdoor Trips

middle schoolers on a backpacking trip posing on a fence post

“Ahhhhh, George*, stop being such an idiot,” the rain soaked, 13 year old girl in front of me screamed as she threw down her heavy back. George halted, mumbling the last few words of the song he was singing loudly only a second before. The rest of the group stopped mid-step. They stared at Stephanie […]

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Helping Students Find their Passion

middle schoolers posing on the sand

I’m really weird. I know it and I love it. People often ask me how I ended up like this: a bilingual southerner with a passion for cultural exchange, an arsenal of fun facts, and a growing list of bizarre, yet hilarious true stories. My answer is always this: I wasn’t really not born in […]

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How to Teach Students Decision Making

Students making decisions

Lots of educators get excited about the concept of a student-run school. They picture an academic utopia in which students demonstrate both passion and responsibility for their education. The students would plan activities and classes. They would discuss school policies in small committee meetings and set up norms and rules that would be advantageous to […]

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