Instructional Strategies for Teaching Endorsements

Posted by Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Nov 19, 2019 10:28:15 AM

My first experience in talking to middle school students about endorsements was more complex than I had anticipated. I may have assumed way too much about their prior knowledge, so it didn’t take long before I had blank faces staring back at me.

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, Endorsements, Educators

Using the Family Guide to Engage Middle School Parents and Guardians

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jennifer Sullivan on Sep 27, 2019 11:59:06 AM

As educators, we know that having buy-in at home is imperative when it comes to college and career readiness. Parents and guardians have enormous influence when it comes to deadlines, timelines, and planning for the future.

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

The Best Tools for Middle School Advisory

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Aug 27, 2019 1:33:23 PM

I hear two clear-cut positions from educators when I talk to them about Advisory Period. Some educators view advisory as a confusing and frustrating period that creates extra work. Other educators have conquered the advisory period challenge, and view it as a productive time in the school day to reach out to students on a deeper level.  

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Movers and Shakers in Texas Middle Schools

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 20, 2019 12:56:15 PM

Earlier this summer, we welcomed a new cohort of leader fellows into the ranks of Texas OnCourse. This is a group of movers and shakers in college and career readiness who demonstrate a commitment to their students and professional development every single day. We’d like you to meet a few of our Texas middle school counselors and educators who are making a difference in their educational communities.

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Topics: Middle School, Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum

College and Career Readiness and Community Engagement Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 6, 2019 3:08:24 PM

When you ask educators why they decided to enter the field, you’re likely to hear something akin to the following: a love of children, a sense of helping others and doing good, a feeling of making a difference in the world. Among all of these answers, a common thread runs – relationships and building connections are important to educators, inspiring and animating them.

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Middle School Lesson Plans for College and Career Readiness

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Dyann Wilson on Jul 30, 2019 1:55:22 PM

Questions that keep me on my toes as a middle school counselor day after day:

“How can I engage students?

How can I keep their attention for the entire class period?

How can I do this while teaching them about college and career readiness?”

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Get Your Secondary Classroom Tools in Formation with Texas OnCourse

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jenny Patrick on Jul 16, 2019 12:32:58 PM

Backpacks are on the shelves, and some stores are even stocking holiday merchandise. Say it isn’t so! Despite our best efforts to keep pool floaties inflated, the mind can’t help but wander toward what is to come in August. 

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, College Planning

A Former Teacher’s Favorite Summer Recommendations for Inspiration and Preparation

It’s July! Time to relax and forget the stresses from this last school year. One of my favorite parts about these summer months is that they enable me to reflect on and visualize how I can refresh and energize my teaching practice in the upcoming school year – not only for my students, but for myself, as well. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

What Do Superheroes Do on Vacation?

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jun 3, 2019 5:13:06 PM

Some people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but we know the truth. For educators, SUMMER is the most wonderful time of year! Several consecutive weeks off, with a lot more freedom than usual. Educators still spend time preparing for the next school year, but they are (hopefully) able to sleep in a little bit later, travel, spend time with their families, and enjoy any number of activities that might otherwise be too hectic to partake in during the school year. Talk about a much-deserved break!

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Topics: Insider, Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum