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Curry, Jennifer R.; Belser, Christopher T.; Binns, Ian C. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2013
Middle grades educators may wonder how they can impact students' progress toward postsecondary success and career readiness. They may feel inadequately prepared to foster the knowledge and skill development students need to prepare for postsecondary success in the 21st century, especially for at-risk students (Legum & Hoare, 2004). In…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Morgan, Denise N.; Williams, Jeffrey L.; Clark, Barbara; Hatteberg, Scott; Hauptman, Gayle Marek; Kozel, Claudia; Paris, Joe – Middle School Journal (J1), 2013
Guided reading is an instructional practice commonly used in primary and intermediate grades (Ford & Opitz, 2008; Fountas & Pinnell, 2001). It is used less in middle grades settings (Allen, 2000) where "one size-fits-all instruction" prevails (Allington, 2012). While teachers can read about the principles of guided reading in…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Reading Instruction
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Beane, James A. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2013
Many policymakers, curriculum specialists, teachers and administrators, bloggers and other commentators have raised serious questions about the Common Core State Standards. One set of questions asks whether states and districts have the money for professional development, curriculum materials, planning time, and other logistics that would be…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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Knox, Jeffrey A.; Anfara, Vincent A., Jr. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2013
There is a direct correlation between the variables of teacher job satisfaction and student academic achievement (Brookover & Lezotte, 1979; Mertler, 2002; Wynne, 1980). One would assume that schools that are not making AYP are doing everything possible to be removed from this status. One may also hypothesize that teacher job satisfaction is…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), School Administration, Supervision, Feedback (Response)
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Zenkov, Kristien; Ewaida, Marriam; Bell, Athene; Lynch, Megan – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
The authors have learned that using image-based methods to "ask" young adolescents about their relationships to school--instead of only "telling" them about school's importance--helps them to appreciate the writing tasks in which the authors ask them to engage. In this article, the authors discuss the positive effects these photo elicitation…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Photography, Pictorial Stimuli, Teaching Methods
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Downes, John M.; Bishop, Penny – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
Advocates of the middle school concept have long espoused the importance of being developmentally responsive to the unique nature and needs of young adolescents (National Middle School Association, 2010). As middle level schools strive to respond to the developmental needs of young adolescents, they should view students' technologies as an…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Adolescents, Technology Integration, Middle Schools
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Caldwell, Martha – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
In Inquiry into Identity: Race, Class, and Gender (RCG), an eighth grade social studies class, the students' stories serve as springboards for higher-order learning. Through sharing personal experiences and listening to one another respectfully, students form a learning community in which deep, critical thinking naturally emerges. They gain…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Grade 8
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Adams, Jill – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
Technological advances have created amazing opportunities for people throughout the world to access and share information. These opportunities have helped to create a generation of young adolescents who want to make the most of each minute of the day, seizing opportunities to seek information and communicate at the same time. This generation is…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Technological Advancement, Influence of Technology, Critical Thinking
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Andrews, Colin; Bishop, Penny – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
Transitions into and out of the middle grades can be challenging for many reasons. Students need to acclimate to new policies, practices, and buildings; teachers require accurate data about their new students' capacities; and families must navigate relationships with new personnel. All school transitions present different and, at times, puzzling…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Middle School Students
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Longo, Christopher M. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
Mr. Smith and Ms. D'Amico are two veteran science teachers in a well-performing school district. Both teachers use weekly lab exercises and experiments as formative assessments. In their middle school classrooms, children are engaged and eager to learn. As students walk into Mr. Smith's classroom, a prescribed, step-by-step procedure of the day's…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Science Teachers, Inquiry, Science Activities
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Brinda, Wayne – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
Many students struggle with reading as they transition from the elementary to the middle grades and the literature becomes more complex. Many students may also have personal experiences that interfere with them seeing any importance, value, or enjoyment in reading literature, especially books assigned in school. As a result, "struggling readers…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Grade 6, Reading Instruction, Reading Attitudes
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Lachuk, Amy S. Johnson; Gomez, Mary Louise – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
Culture and community are considered key aspects of effective middle level education. Effective schools for young adolescents are inviting, inclusive, and supportive; are staffed with adults who support youths' academic and personal development; and affirm the important role that families play in educating youth. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Minority Group Children, Personal Narratives
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Finnan, Christine; Kombe, Dennis – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
When students struggle in the elementary and middle grades, the likelihood that they will drop out of high school increases dramatically. Although most dropout prevention resources have focused on high schools in a last-ditch effort to keep students in school, earlier interventions in elementary and middle grades provide a better opportunity to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Grades (Scholastic), Dropout Prevention, Acceleration (Education)
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Dreon, Oliver; Kerper, Richard M.; Landis, Jon – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
Say the phrase "Charlie bit my finger," and just about every human being with Internet access visualizes the viral video clip of baby Charlie precociously biting the finger of his brother. With almost 200 million views, this video represents just one of thousands of viral videos that form a core component of modern entertainment, news,…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Adolescent Literature, Teacher Education Programs, Student Interests
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Curry, Jennifer R.; Choate, Laura H. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2010
This article was meant to familiarize readers with ways in which the media and popular culture sexualize and stereotype girls and women and to raise awareness about the extent to which girls in the middle graders may be impacted by the sexualized media content they view. By framing the problem and its consequences through self-objectification…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Females, Early Adolescents, Mass Media
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