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Pumpian, Ian – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Tolerance must be conceptualized based on the diversity that exists in our world, our communities, and our schools. The author posits that dealing with diversity is a 21st-century skill set and that tolerance of difference is a rudimentary element of that set. The diversity of experiences and situations that confront middle school students and…
Descriptors: Empathy, Student Diversity, Middle School Students, Models
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Pytash, Kristine E.; Morgan, Denise N.; Batchelor, Katherine E. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article summarizes preservice teachers' experiences in a book club that read young adult literature focused on issues related to bullying. Preservice teachers learned to recognize various incidents of bullying in the books. They also began to consider how they might handle incidents of bullying in their future classrooms. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Students
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Cordi, Kevin; Masturzo, Kimberly – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Determined to shift the balance by providing a venue for students' voices, Cordi and Masturzo reclaimed and remade a Web space to address bullying using digital storytelling (Ohler, 2009). Using "Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories", they guided their undergraduate students on a valuable journey of self-exploration, reflection, and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Video Technology, Reflection
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Ward, Cheryl James – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Programs to help middle school students deal with racism and hate have been in place for some years, yet almost monthly we hear of students committing suicide or killing other students due to issues of isolation or harassment. Within the confines of a safe classroom, doctoral students in Educational Leadership addressed issues of stereotypes and…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Language Proficiency, School Culture, Stereotypes
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Berg, Margaret – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article argues that teachers in the twenty-first century need to incorporate queer theory into their teaching practice and their discussions about individual differences in order to advocate for those students most likely to be bullied in schools. It provides a brief background on queer theory, gives an introduction to central ideas of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Individual Differences, Homosexuality, Social Justice
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Khasnabis, Debi; Upton, Kevin – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Advances in technology have aggravated the generations-old problem of bullying in schools. In this article, the authors attend to the impact of social media on bullying and advocate an approach to teaching anti-bullying that incorporates a project-based learning approach for young adolescents. Process drama as a model of learning and the use of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Intervention, Teaching Methods, Bullying
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Tarrant, Cindy; Godwin, Kathryn; Daniel, Stacey; Bolton, Dawn – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In a perfect world, diversity would abound in people's daily lives, promoting friendships across racial, ethnic, and religious lines. When that is not possible and students learn in a more segregated setting, wikis provide a tool to reach beyond the school walls, find a diverse audience, and create meaningful discourse. This article narrates an…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Cooperation, Jews, Empathy
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Hill, Dara – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article informs us about the need for facilitating code-switching pedagogies that call for teacher-led scaffolding of students' home languages to negotiate informal and formal contexts for writing and speaking. Varied strategies are guided by three mentor texts the author has conceptualized or enacted in practice and research among middle…
Descriptors: Mentors, Code Switching (Language), Instruction, Middle School Students
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Rubinstein-Avila, Eliane – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Students who are reclassified from English Language Learners (ELLs) to Fluent English Proficient (FEPs) do not necessarily developed the complex linguistic competencies to succeed across content areas. Through vivid snapshots of two middle school lessons (Science and Reading), the author points out that content area teachers can (and should)…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Achievement Rating
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Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly; Smith, Kathy Horak – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In this article, the authors explore ways in which they have worked together in understanding the complexities of academic language within the science classroom and discuss strategies they have used to teach academic language to young adolescent English Language Learners (ELLs) within inquiry-based science lessons. They discuss strategies they use…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, English Language Learners
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Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The authors examined the strength of literature circles in developing background knowledge--an acknowledged sticking point in the development of understanding for middle graders--with a special focus on the literature circle role of "investigator," where it is student initiative and not teacher direction that guides comprehension. Observing…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Bintz, William P.; Moran, Petra Pienkosky; Berndt, Rochelle; Ritz, Elizabeth; Skilton, Julie A.; Bircher, Lisa S. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Today, increasing numbers of teachers at all grade levels are recognizing that inference is a powerful way of thinking and an important 21st century skill for all students to use and develop across the curriculum. Increasing numbers of teachers are also recognizing that developing and implementing integrative curriculum is important at all grade…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inferences, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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Davis, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In any content area, teachers have opportunities to help their students develop more robust vocabularies; however, many content area teachers "know relatively little about effective instructional practices for vocabulary development" (Fisher & Frey, 2008). This article offers content area teachers three examples of rich opportunities for word…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Middle School Students, Science Instruction
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Smith, Antony T.; Angotti, Robin L. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Vocabulary presents a challenge to students in content area classes, making it difficult to understand new concepts and make connections to background knowledge. This article describes the 5 Cs, a tool developed to help content area teachers consider vocabulary as part of lesson planning. By selecting a set of key words for instruction, teachers…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Teacher Role, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods
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Gabriel, Rachael; Allington, Richard; Billen, Monica – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Can students read difficult but self-selected texts--and if so, how? In this article we describe what we learned about middle school students' use of background knowledge and specific vocabulary from interviews and surveys in our longitudinal study of magazine reading habits. Then we discuss the implications of these findings for structuring…
Descriptors: Literacy, Periodicals, Reading Habits, Independent Reading
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