This guide for middle level educators is intended to aid teachers in finding valuable online resources, including videos, lesson plans, curriculum and professional development and peer-networking.
General Education and Association Resources
•Association for Middle Level Education Established in 1973 as the National Middle School Association, the AMLE is the only national organization dedicated solely to middle level education. Their homepage offers a large number of resources, including publications, professional development and preparation, research, networking and classroom management. Also check out AMLE on Facebook, AMLE on Twitter and AMLE on Linkedin.
•Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) This member-organization and its website offers resources for teachers aimed at developing programs, curriculum and initiatives to keep education current and effective.
•National Education Association
The Tools and Ideas section of this site offers lesson plans, classroom management.
•National Association of State Boards of Education Founded in 1958, the NASBE represents state boards of education on the national level.
•National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform An alliance of teachers, national associations, professional organizations and researchers, this site is dedicated to forward thinking in the classroom.
•Edutopia.org: Grade Level 6-8 In conjunction with the George Lucas Educational Foundation, this site shares learning strategies, teacher resources and professional development.
•MiddleWeb.com The site offers resource links, guest posting, book reviews and interviews.
•Middleschool.net Established by a grant from the ASCD, this site is for teachers by teachers, offering curriculum resources by subject, reference materials, lesson plans and information on professional development.
•Teachers.Net: Middle School Lesson Plans A collection of lesson plans in a wide variety of subjects.
•Share My Lesson.com: Middle School Portal Provides more than 50,000 resources, such as worksheets, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles and ideas. These resources are also grouped by subject.
•Annenberg Learner This site offers multimedia resources including video workshops, lesson plans and interactives. See Grades 6-8 Resources, Grades 6-8 Lesson Plans and Grades 6-8 Interactives.
•Discovery Education: Free 6-8 Teacher Resources Resources include lesson plans, worksheets, professional development tools and instructional services.
•Lesson Plans Page Sponsored by Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, this site is a free resource of lesson plans created by teachers. Teachers can search for lesson plans and share their own. Listings are searchable by subject and grade.
•Lesson Planet Searchable database with more than 400,000 online lesson plans, worksheets, videos and presentations.
Math and Science Education Resources
•Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways Funded by the National Science Foundation, this site is an online social network for math and science educators.
•National Council for Teachers of Mathematics: Middle School Resources Offers publications and other resources, including activities, guides and curriculum.
•Finding Dulcinea: Teaching Resources for Middle School Math Online resources for teaching pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.
•The Science Spot Resources for both middle school teachers and students.
•Middle School Chemistry This site offered through the American Chemical Society contains lesson plans and multimedia presentations for students, as well as information on upcoming workshops for educators.
•American Association for the Advancement of Science:Center for Curriculum Materials in Science In conjunction with the National Science Foundation, this site is a forum of educators, administrators and research dedicated to the development of instructional materials in science education.
Language Arts Education Resources
•Dream in Color: A Resource Guide for Middle School Teachers Provided by the Poetry Foundation, this PDF is a resource guide for teaching African American poetry.
•Ocean County Library: Resources for Middle School Teachers Includes information on Young Adult authors, literature, book discussion guides, lesson plans and practice tests.
•Houghton Mifflin English Grades 6-8 This site offers lesson plans for language, including reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing.
•National Council of Teachers of English: Middle Level Section This site promotes the advancement of adolescent literacy and language arts education in the classroom.
Social Studies Education Resources
•National Council for the Social Studies This site offers resources for social studies teachers and including, publications, databases and social networking. Other resources for NCSS members include:Middle Level Learning An online publication, published 3 times a year.
NCSS Teachers Library Collection: U.S. History A searchable database, filtered by historical period and grade level.
Get Connected A networking portal for social studies teachers lists discussions, shared resources and blogs.
•Teaching History: Quick Links for Middle School Teachers Tools for middle school history teachers.
•Kids in the House Links and PDF files for teaching the structure of the United States government.
•Academy Curricular Exchange for Social Studies A large list of lesson plans and ideas.
•World History of All of Us History and geography resources provided on the San Diego State University website.
•A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust Activities, lesson plans and ideas for teaching the Holocaust at the middle level.
Art and Music Education Resources
•The Teaching Palette This site by teachers Hillary Andrik and Theresa McGeeoffers offers art-related topics, including classroom management, teacher-authored product reviews and music and art integration.
•National Art Education Association Resources, networking and professional development for educators of the visual arts.
•National Association for Music Education A large resource for music education, including lesson plans, programs, news, events and community forums.
•Arts Education Teacher Handbook Offered through the Public Schools of North Carolina website, this resource contains music lesson plans.
•PBS Great Performances: Culture and Art Lesson Plans for Teachers A resource for teachers that includes multimedia presentations, composer biographies and lesson plans, searchable by grade level and program.
Technology and Computer Science Education Resources
•Apps in Education This tech blog provides information and links for educational iPad apps.
•Association for Educational Communications and Technology Dedicated to the improvement of teaching through the use of new technological achievements, this site offers publications, forums and information on conferences, research initiatives and the latest news.
•Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education Publications, a digital library and information on conferences, networking and events.
•Tech Tips for Tech Teachers: Middle School Computer Lessons A blog offering tips and ideas for computer science teachers.
•Computer Teacher Resources A large list of resources, lesson plans, programming and professional organizations for computer educators.
Publications, Journals and Newsletters
•Middle School Journal Refereed journal available to AMLE members, published five times a year.
•Research in Middle Level Education Online An international peer-reviewed journal published by the AMLE, providing research studies and results.
•Middle E-Connections Published monthly during the school year, this e-newsletter is for AMLE members, discussing trends and issues in middle level education.
•Middle Level Insider Articles, education news, videos and other resources specific to middle level education.
•Classroom Connections Useful tips and ideas for AMLE members from other teachers and administrators.
•Middleweb SmartBrief Twice weekly e-newsletter offered through Middleweb.com offers news and resources for middle level educators.
•Education Week A useful source of information published by Editorial Projects in Education.
•Teachers.Net Gazette A collaborative e-newsletter with articles and other resources.
•Bridging Differences Authored by teacher Deborah Meier, this Education Week blog discusses issues affecting students, teachers and schools.
•OpEducation A round-table opinion blog for educators, improving dialogue among educators for the advancement of education nationwide.
•Blogs at Edutopia.org Searchable by topics, such as Brain-Based Learning, Game-Based Learning, New-Teacher Support, Social and Emotional Learning, Student Engagement and Technology Integration.
•Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo This blog authored by teacher Larry Ferlazzo answers questions on a variety of educational topics.
•Scholastic.com Teacher Blogs A daily blog by teachers with an extensive searchable blog archive, offering lesson ideas, classroom strategies, book lists and videos.
•TweenTeacher.com Authored by Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a middle school teacher who was the California Regional Teacher of the year in 2004 and the San Gabriel Valley Outstanding Computer Using Educator in 2009.
•Cossondra George A middle school teacher, Cossondra George discusses her experiences and offers resources for other middle school teachers. Her award-winning blog was voted Top 30 blogs for Teachers in 2012 and won the 2011 Fascination Award for Top 100 blogs.
•Learner Log Offered by the Annenberg Learner, this blog furthers the mission of excellence in education.
Education Resources on Pinterest
•Middle School Teacher Resources by Katelyn Black 45 pins of teaching resources, including tutorials, ideas, classroom management with an emphasis on art education.
•Science Resources for Middle School Teachers 53 pins relating to science education in middle school.
•Middle School Math 153 pins dealing with math-relating teaching resources.
•Teachers Pay Teachers Middle School/Junior High Teacher Resources
334 pins of resources, ideas and teacher-made products found on Teachers Pay Teachers.
•Middle School Science by Fun Homeschool Mom 34 pins relating to science, including videos, website links, lesson plans and recommendations.
•Spanish Teachers: Resources for Middle School Spanish by Marlene McLellan 133 pins relating to Spanish education for middle schools, including posters, lesson plans and videos.
•Middle School/Junior High Teaching Tools by Learn with Watts 1349 pins of resources for a variety of subjects.
•Middle School Speed, Agility & Quickness Physical Education by Matt Pomeroy 25 pins with videos and resources regarding physical education at the middle level.
•Middle School Lesson Plan by Whitney Murray 51 pins with activities, ideas and lesson plans for middle level art education.
•Middle School Lesson Plan Resource by Anita C. 75 pins with resources of lesson plans, website links and templates for educators.
•French Middle School Lesson Plans by Sherry Schermerhorn 25 pins with resources and ideas for French language education.
•Be Bully Free Middle School Lesson Plans by Debbie Dunn 20 pins with slideshows and lesson plans for teaching anti-bullying in middle schools.
•Middle School ideas, lesson plans and Activities by Faten Abdallah 140 pins with ideas and lesson plans covering a wide array of subjects.
•Middle School General Music by Lauren 87 pins of resources for music at the middle level.
Education Resources on Facebook
•Middle School Teachers Rock! An open-member group has more than 500 members sharing and collaborating.
•Middle School Teachers A place for sharing lesson plans and ideas.
•Middle School Math Teachers A meeting place for math teachers for sharing ideas.
Education Resources on Twitter
Education Resource Videos and YouTube Channels
•Teaching Channel Videos talking about all aspects of teaching, including lesson plans, behavior, engagement, collaboration, common core and theories in practice.
•Common Sense Educators
A YouTube channel offering curriculum, tips and professional development for educators.
•Google in Education
This page features a collection of YouTube video channels for educators. Featured channels include YouTube Teachers, Google Science Fair, Scientific American Space Lab and Chromebook Classroom
•Ignite Learning Educational media for children in grades 4-8.
•Facing the Future Educational media dedicated to education about sustainable energy and green solutions.
•Morgan Lemmon Videos for Special Education at the Middle School Level.
•New Teacher Center Dedicated to the advancement of students by providing resources for teachers, including mentoring and professional development programs.
Resources for Professional Education and Development
•50 States Certification Requirements Clickable menu listed by state offered through the University of Kentucky, providing teachers with state-by-state certification requirements.
•Middle School Teacher: Requirements to Teach Middle School A resource for understanding the requirements for current and soon-to-be teachers.
•Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education In conjunction with the National Science Foundation, this grant is for graduate education students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
•Teachers-College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, Postdoctoral Awards
This resource list compiled by Francisco Alberto Tomei provides information for funding the education and professional development for educators