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Turner, Steven L. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2014
The focus on grades and what they represent happens in every middle grades classroom--some students completely understand the concepts when reviewed, but perform poorly on the quiz; some gifted students score high on tests but appear bored in class. With the current emphasis on school accountability by standardized test scores, middle level…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Scores
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White, Jesse – Middle School Journal (J3), 2014
The recipe for success of Strive Preparatory Charter School (formerly West Denver Preparatory Charter School) is not a secret. This summer program, turned four-campus, middle level phenomenon, is proving to satisfy the appetite of parents hungry for a change in their children's educational opportunities. The intent of this article is to share a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Summer Programs
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Barnes, Nicole C.; Urbankowski, Daniel – Middle School Journal (J3), 2014
As young adolescents, middle grades students experience a wide variety of changes related to their cognitive capabilities, social and emotional well-being, and use of self-regulation strategies. Authentic performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to realistic problems to create products or performances--consistent…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Learning Activities
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Nitzkin, Karen; Katzir, Tami; Shulkind, Sarah – Middle School Journal (J3), 2014
This article tells the story of a group of seventh grade teachers and administrators in one Los Angeles middle school who have grappled for years with the poor reading skills of their middle school students. Discouraged by the reading scores on standardized tests and frustrated with the limits of their readers, this group struggled to improve…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Middle School Teachers, Reading Skills
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Senn, Gary J.; McMurtrie, Deborah H.; Coleman, Bridget K. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article explores using the RAFT strategy (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) for writing in science classes. The framework of the RAFT strategy will be explained, and connections with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy will be discussed. Finally, there will be a discussion of a professional learning experience for teachers in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Writing Skills, Writing Across the Curriculum
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Gilles, Carol; Wang, Yang; Smith, Joanne; Johnson, Danielle – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article describes Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that teach literacy strategies to all content teachers in the U.S. It describes how three Social Studies teachers from three middle schools incorporated literacy strategies into their content areas and exposed their reading strategies. These teachers were asked to identify and write down…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Professional Development, State Standards, Literacy
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Pytash, Kristine E.; Morgan, Denise N. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
In this article, the authors provide an overview of the unit of study framework for teaching writing and explain how it sets the stage for developing "academic momentum" in students (Strahan, 2008, p. 4). To help readers understand the unit of study framework in action, the authors describe how a unit unfolds in one subject area,…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Writing Instruction, Units of Study
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Powell, Rebecca; Cantrell, Susan Chambers; Rightmyer, Elizabeth – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article presents a model for culturally responsive instruction (CRI) that represents a synthesis of research on effective literacy and content instruction for diverse middle grades learners.The article discusses the various elements of the Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol (CRIOP) model. It then examines these elements by…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Middle School Students, Language Arts
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Cruz, Heather L.; Zambo, Debby – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
Every day in classrooms across the country teachers are using district, state, and federal standards and assessments to prove their effectiveness, monitor students' progress, and understand students' strengths and needs. Jobs depend on student achievement, and in today's age of accountability, assessment scores define what students…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Teacher Effectiveness, State Standards, Academic Standards
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Batchelor, Katherine E.; Bintz, William P. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
Middle level educators around the country aim to create a classroom environment and a way of teaching that is developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable for every student. One way to ensure this is to include instruction that promotes creativity. This article offers guiding principles and shares instructional lessons that…
Descriptors: Creativity, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods, Language Arts
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Salas, Spencer; Jones, Jeanneine P.; Perez, Theresa; Fitchett, Paul G.; Kissau, Scott – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
Culture plays a critical role in the most effective middle schools (NMSA, 2010), and the Education Department at University of North Carolina at Charlotte considers transnational children of immigration to be a great wealth, a rich blessing. This Department works tirelessly to equip today's middle grades teachers to serve this group of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Bilingual Students, Middle School Teachers, Student Diversity
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Howell, Penny B.; Carpenter, Jan; Jones, Jeanneine P. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article describes how three universities approach middle level teacher preparation through partnerships and clinical experiences. The authors share the structures of their programs and the role of their partnerships in the clinical preparation of their candidates. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education Programs, College School Cooperation, Practicums
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Edwards, Susan – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article describes the middle grades teacher preparation program at Augusta State University in Georgia. It describes the negotiation between the middle school concept and the standardized testing culture of the local schools as the faculty redesigned the undergraduate middle grades program to adequately address both. Ways in which new…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Program Descriptions, Standardized Tests
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Previts, Joanne L.; Kleine, Karynne L. M.; Mizelle, Nancy B. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article describes the middle grades program at Georgia College's John H. Lounsbury College of Education, which educates and trains middle school teachers. It describes the school's field-based teacher preparation program in which a mentor leader guides the candidates. The middle grades education program is a two-year, field-intensive…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Mentors
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L'Esperance, Mark E.; Lenker, Ethan; Bullock, Ann; Lockamy, Becky; Mason, Cathy – Middle School Journal (J3), 2013
This article offers an overview of the framework that Sampson County Public Schools (North Carolina) used to critically reflect on the current state of their middle grades schools. The article also highlights the changes that resulted from the district-wide analysis and the ways in which these changes led to a significant increase in the academic…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Academic Achievement
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