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Fair, Ginni; Florell, Dan – Middle School Journal, 2019
Despite the use of various anti-bullying programs, bullying continues to plague middle schools. However, there is an approach to bullying that complements other programs and can be easily integrated into course curriculum. This approach uses young adult novels to encourage adolescents to use perspective taking and empathy building through…
Descriptors: Bullying, Audiences, Prosocial Behavior, Young Adults
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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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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet; Thornton, Bill – Middle School Journal, 2019
The culture of a school is a critical component of school improvement efforts. However, changing the culture of a school is no easy feat. In this qualitative, single case study, we describe the perceptions held and strategies employed by one female principal newly assigned to a middle school in an urban setting. We examined the principal's…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Administrator Attitudes, Principals, Discipline
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Falco, Lia D. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Findings from recent studies suggest that students' pathways into mathematics-related careers begin as early as middle school when students are forming lasting self-perceptions of their academic abilities. Middle school is also a time when students begin making choices about future coursework in math, science, and technology that will have…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Self Concept, Self Efficacy, Middle School Students
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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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Andrews, P. Gayle; Moulton, Matthew J.; Hughes, Hilary E. – Middle School Journal, 2018
In middle grades teacher education, the literature regarding issues of diversity, equity, and social justice practices is exceptionally sparse. In keeping with recent arguments about the state of middle grades education, we contend that middle grades teacher education programs, including ours, are not where they need to be in preparing teachers to…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teacher Certification, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Linsky, Arielle C. V.; Hatchimonji, Danielle R.; Kruzik, Claudia L.; Kifer, Samantha; Franza, Nina; McClain, Kellie; Nayman, Samuel J.; Elias, Maurice J. – Middle School Journal, 2018
Teaching character virtues and social-emotional skills in isolation of social-political context is incomplete at best. Further, racial and ethnic inequity in social action and political influence spans from youth to adults and must be addressed (Kahne & Middaugh, 2008b). Middle school is a crucial developmental time to cultivate students'…
Descriptors: Social Action, Urban Areas, Middle School Students, Social Change
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Crosby, Shantel D.; Howell, Penny; Thomas, Shelley – Middle School Journal, 2018
Students in the middle grades experience tremendous development in various domains. However, childhood trauma can significantly impede this development, further exacerbating the functioning of our most vulnerable student populations. This article aims to describe the use of trauma-informed teaching as a form of middle-level, social justice…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Trauma, Middle School Students, Classroom Techniques
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Ciecierski, Lisa M.; Bintz, William P. – Middle School Journal, 2018
This article shares aspects to consider when designing and implementing content area instruction through the study of people. It begins with a description of an inquiry that investigated students' learning with the use of authentic literature and meaningful writing in social studies, and then extends to a discussion of how to apply these same…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Centered Curriculum, Content Area Writing, Educational Principles
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Bennett, Cory A.; Martin, Kathryn – Middle School Journal, 2018
Exemplary middle schools have a variety of programs that support students' needs and help them adjust socially and emotionally; advisory programs can be one structure to effectively provide some of this support. This article shares the story of how a group of middle level teachers and teacher leaders within a culturally diverse school reclaimed…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Faculty Advisers, Counseling Services, Cultural Relevance
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Rodríguez-Castro, Mónica; Salas, Spencer; Benson, Tracey – Middle School Journal, 2018
LaRocque, Kleiman, and Darling (2011) characterized parental involvement as the "missing link" in school achievement. For this reason, especially, middle grades teachers and teacher leaders want very much to reach out to newcomer Latino families--and they do. Although Google Translate™ has emerged as a go-to tool for many teachers and…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Courseware, Translation, Language Skills
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Sansone, Anna – Middle School Journal, 2018
Next Generation Science Standards encourage science instruction that offers not only opportunities for inquiry but also the diverse social and cognitive processes involved in scientific thinking and communication. This article gives an introduction to Lave and Wenger's (1991) communities of practice framework as a potential way of viewing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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Wellenreiter, Benjamin R. – Middle School Journal, 2018
Non-classroom school spaces such as cafeterias, hallways, and locker rooms have complex structures that require analysis to maintain or improve school climate. Middle level educators are encouraged to observe, question, and evaluate rules and procedures to ensure these spaces are safe and socially just. Educators should work to view these spaces…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Middle School Students, Educational Environment, Middle School Teachers
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Lesseig, Kristin; Slavit, David; Nelson, Tamara Holmlund – Middle School Journal, 2017
Given the current emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and its key attributes, middle school is an optimal time to implement STEM-based curricula. However, the interdisciplinary and open-ended nature of STEM projects often makes implementation difficult. In this article, we describe a professional development…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Netcoh, Steven; Olofson, Mark W.; Downes, John M.; Bishop, Penny A. – Middle School Journal, 2017
This article illustrates how action research can be used as a model for professional development with middle grades educators in rapidly changing and technology-intensive schools. Drawing upon ten years of using this model, the authors present three examples of educator action research to highlight five characteristics of effective projects: (1)…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Action Research, Teaching Models, Middle School Students
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