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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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Carnes, Nathan – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
Shifting demographics among racial and ethnic groups within the United States are reflected in the diversity of the middle grade student population, as they are members of longstanding racial groups or members of biracial or multiracial groups that have emerged. These diversities are causes for celebrations, but at the same time offer challenges…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Cultural Awareness
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Wall, Amanda – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
In an introductory middle grades course, teacher candidates synthesize and apply the concepts from key middle level documents through their coursework. Along with a popular middle grades text (Brown & Knowles, 2014), teacher candidates read "This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents" (National Middle School Association,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Standards, Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods
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Dean, Natalie L.; Ewan, Corrina; Braden, Douglas; McIndoe, J. Scott – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Comprehension of the 3D structure of objects usually represented in 2D is a critical part of understanding molecular geometries. The frequency with which students actually get hands-on with 3D molecular structures is often limited to a singular laboratory session. We sought to develop a set of molecular shapes that were inexpensive enough not only…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Science Laboratories
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Dani, Danielle – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article discusses how a place-based approach to middle-level science teacher education prepares middle grades teacher candidates to leverage local culture and community to create interdisciplinary and relevant curriculum for all middle grades students. The article describes evidence-based strategies that capitalize on local place and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Place Based Education, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Logan, Kimberly R.; Hauver, Jennifer; Burkholdt, Sebastian – School-University Partnerships, 2018
In June 2016, a state university partnered with a local school district to integrate college of education summer courses with a community camp for K-8 students. We reflect upon the benefits and challenges found within this partnership; how the course/camp integration informed our evolving views as teacher educators; and how the camp clinical…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Schools of Education
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Silverman, Jamie; Mee, Molly – Education Sciences, 2018
Recent news on school safety and efforts to improve school climate underscores the importance of building positive student relationships and resolving conflict in our nation's classrooms. Restorative practices are currently gaining credibility and popularity as a means to build classroom and peer relationships. Through a descriptive study, we…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Seminars, Peer Relationship
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Khasnabis, Debi; Reischl, Catherine H. – TESOL Journal, 2018
In this article we report on a three-staged teacher education model, designed to support the development of culturally responsive teaching practice in teacher candidates who are preparing to work with multilingual learners. The creative focus of this model is most pronounced in our effort to enable teacher candidates to "get out of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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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
Chaney, Philip L.; Doukopoulos, Lindsay – Geography Teacher, 2018
Sustainability is an important topic of discussion in geography as society faces increasing challenges from depletion of natural resources and degradation of the natural environment (Yates 2012; Goudie 2013). A primary goal of educators is to prepare students to address complex issues such as these in their personal lives and professional careers.…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Geography Instruction, Active Learning, Water
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Poling, Lisa L.; Naresh, Nirmala; Goodson-Espy, Tracy – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
The authors explore how one teacher uses play and enacts the Effective Teaching Practices as a way to increase student engagement and autonomy and to meet learning goals when teaching mathematics with interactive simulations.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Personal Autonomy
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Cengiz, Nesrin; Rathouz, Margaret – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
A framework using contexts, language, and representations can support middle school students' justifications. This article introduces classroom tasks and student work to provide a vision of framework implementation in classroom settings. Although the students in this article are future elementary and middle school teachers, the framework tasks and…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Cutucache, Christine; Boham, Taylor; Luhr, Jamie; Sommers, Amie; Stevenson, Nikolaus; Sointu, Erkko; Mäkitalo-Siegl, Kati; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Valtonen, Teemu; Grandgenett, Neal; Tapprich, William – Cogent Education, 2018
Afterschool interventions in STEM are linked to learning gains during the school day. These opportunities engage and excite students about STEM concepts since they observe a more hands-on, project-oriented approach. Often these opportunities for afterschool interventions are infrequent in nature and leave gaps for students in their maturation and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Intervention, After School Programs, Middle School Students
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Caltabiano, Marie; Errington, Ed; Ireland, Lynette; Sorin, Reesa; Nickson, Amanda – Asian Journal of University Education, 2018
This paper reports on the use of role-play as a scenario-based learning approach in the teaching of counselling skills, client assessment and diagnostic interviewing within psychological training. While role-play is not a new technique in teaching such skills, its use is generally reserved for the training of higher level students. This paper…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study, Counselor Training
Seeskin, Alex; Nagaoka, Jenny; Mahaffie, Shelby – University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, 2018
A successful freshman year of high school lays the foundation for the path to college: ninth-grade grades are powerful indicators of high school graduation, college access, and college degree attainment. However, the transition from eighth to ninth grade is a time when students' academic performance often declines. This report explores how Chicago…
Descriptors: Risk, Grade Point Average, College Preparation, College Freshmen
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