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Frabasilio, Angela Marie – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
Ever try to captivate students with real-world applications only to discover that they live in a very different world? Assigning an Extreme Word Problem activity to students alleviates this dilemma by placing the authorship of a problem squarely into the hands of learners. Rather than trying to be hip and finding word problems that resonate with…
Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Imagination, Problem Solving
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Blanco, Megan – State Education Standard, 2019
A number of states have taken steps toward promoting student wellness, with many of their state boards of education in the middle of the action. This article contains some examples of states leading on student wellness by addressing physical fitness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mental health supports. The Every Student Succeeds Act…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Physical Fitness, Social Development
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Solomon, Suzanne; Schaefer, Mary Beth – Middle School Journal, 2019
Providing authentic college experiences for students in the middle grades through a partnership with a local college can improve college readiness skills and leave students with a positive view of post-secondary possibilities and opportunities. This article describes a college immersion program--a weeklong college experience provided to all…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning
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Trout, Joseph Jude; Murphy, Casey; Vukicevich, Morgan – Physics Teacher, 2019
Active learning techniques are generally considered to be any classroom activities in which students become an active participant in learning, instead of a passive listener to a lecture. Service learning activities are generally experiential (real life) and reflective problem-based learning activities in which students enrolled in an academic…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Service Learning, Physics, Calculus
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Stephan, Michelle; Smith, Jennifer – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
Engaging in argumentation can lead to an increase in the development of critical-thinking skills, not to mention academic achievement, emotional maturity, and academic and communication skills. If argumentation is such an effective format for developing rigorous academic ideas, how might it be used in discussion-oriented classrooms to engage…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Mathematics
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Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
The article uses vignettes to illustrate a small group of of grade 5 students who worked on different types of temperature problems (Wessman-Enzinger and Tobias 2015). The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) recommends including contexts, such as temperature, paired with the introduction to integers in grade 6 and integer…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Vignettes, Sentences
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Maguth, Brad M.; Tomer, Andrea; Apanius, Avery – Social Studies, 2019
This manuscript considers Berman's (1990) "Despair to Empowerment Curricular Curve" as a possible guiding curricular framework in global education. The authors describe how this curricular curve was used by teachers to enhance a seventh-grade world history unit on the Black Death to move middle-level learners away from despair and toward…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Global Education, World History, Grade 7
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Ahmadpour, Fatemeh; Reid, David; Reza Fadaee, Mohammad – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2019
We present a model for describing the growth of students' understandings when reading a proof. The model is composed of two main paths. One is focused on becoming aware of the deductive structure of the proof, in other words, understanding the proof at a semantic level. Generalization, abstraction, and formalization are the most important…
Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Validity, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
Bishop, Penny A.; Downes, John M.; Farber, Katy – Harvard Education Press, 2019
"Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades" shows how teachers in grades 5--8 can leverage the use of personalized learning plans (PLPs) to increase student agency and engagement, helping youth to establish learning goals aligned with their interests and assess their own learning--particularly around essential skills that cut across…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Carter, Kate – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2019
Teaching middle school mathematics, I have found that classroom dynamics have a profound impact on the quality of mathematical discussion. Wanting to improve classroom discussion in order to better facilitate both small-group and student-driven learning, I started the school year by randomly grouping students every week for their small groups. I…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Communication, Educational Quality
New York State Education Department, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides federal funds to improve elementary and secondary education in the nation's schools. ESSA requires states and Local Educational Agencies (i.e., school districts and charter schools) to take a variety of actions to ensure that all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, disability…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality
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McNeill, Katherine; Reiser, Brian J. – Learning Professional, 2018
More than 60% of U.S. school children are being educated in states in which Next Generation Science Standards or other framework-derived standards have been adopted. This vision demands a central role for students to engage in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas, rather than solely learning about the science others…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Learner Engagement, Science Education
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Etherington, Matthew – Art Education, 2018
In this article Matthew Etherington shares his experiences, successes, and challenges in implementing a 7th-grade fashion design unit in which he attempts to realize his curricular vision through critical visual culture pedagogy and role-playing. During the 4-week lesson period, Etherington's instructional checkpoints were broken into three main…
Descriptors: Clothing, Role Playing, Grade 7, Art Education
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Sanders-Bustle, Lynn – Art Education, 2018
In this article, Sanders-Bustle recounts what happened when university art education students created socially engaged art (SEA), "Project Unway" and "Project Unity," in the hallways of a middle school. The events represented in this article stem from activities that took place in a secondary art education curriculum course…
Descriptors: Art Education, College Students, Middle School Students, Grade 6
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Hainsworth, Mark; Hainsworth, Laura – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In this article the authors describe an Integrative Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Design-Based Learning (I-STEM ED DBL) activity that invites students to delve into the science, technology, and engineering related to the production of Ötzi's copper axe and to speculate about the circumstances surrounding his…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Activities, Metallurgy, Summer Programs
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