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Wilburne, Jane M.; Kulbacki, Ashley – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014
This article describes how a sixth-grade teacher's "missing word" task uncovered higher-level thinking and engaged her students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The role and selection of the task promotes higher-level thinking and connects to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The task required students to apply…
Descriptors: State Standards, Task Analysis, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods
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Stoner, Melissa A.; Stuby, Kristin T.; Szczepanski, Susan – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2013
Recent research suggests that high-impact activities in science and math classes promote positive attitudinal shifts in students. By implementing high-impact activities, such as designing a school and a skate park, mathematical thinking can be linked to the engineering design process. This hands-on approach, when possible, to demonstrate or…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Structural Elements (Construction)
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Chandler, Prentice T.; Buck, Kathy; Ferguson, Debra – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2011
This article provides an overview of the use of service learning in the middle schools as a way to instill and foster civic responsibility and citizenship in students. In addition to a discussion about service learning's major aspects, the authors provide concrete examples of how to implement service learning across the curriculum in middle school…
Descriptors: Social Responsibility, Service Learning, Middle Schools, Citizenship
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Yecke, Cheri Pierson – Educational Leadership, 2006
Several schools that eschewed the middle school model and remained K-8 discovered anecdotally that their students showed fewer behavioral problems and higher academic achievement than many students enrolled in middle schools. On the basis of studies that verified these observations, school district leaders in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Philadelphia…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Behavior Problems, Academic Achievement, Grade 6
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Dreon, Oliver, Jr. – Physics Teacher, 2005
Physics First has gained momentum across the country. Providing a radically different paradigm to teaching science at the high school level, the Physics First movement inverts the traditional science sequence by teaching physics to ninth grade students. One of the benefits of this change, supporters claim, is that it provides a foundation to teach…
Descriptors: Physics, Grade 9, Science Education, Educational Practices