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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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O'Roark, Jason Lee – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
After serving as a high school math teacher in Maryland for three years, the author moved to teaching sixth-grade math. His high school background led him to differentiate differently than his colleagues. The article discusses his observations and his conclusions and offers a plan to implement changes in the way mathematics is taught through…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools
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Schifter, Catherine C.; Ketelhut, Diane Jass; Nelson, Brian C. – Educational Technology & Society, 2012
Technology offers many opportunities for educators to support teaching, learning and assessment. This paper introduces a project to design and implement a virtual environment (SAVE Science) intended to assess (not teach) middle school students' knowledge and use of scientific inquiry through two modules developed around curriculum taught in middle…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Virtual Classrooms, Developmental Stages, Content Analysis
Prata, David Nadler; Baker, Ryan S. J. d.; Costa, Evandro d. B.; Rose, Carolyn P.; Cui, Yue; de Carvalho, Adriana M. J. B. – International Working Group on Educational Data Mining, 2009
This paper presents a model which can automatically detect a variety of student speech acts as students collaborate within a computer supported collaborative learning environment. In addition, an analysis is presented which gives substantial insight as to how students' learning is associated with students' speech acts, knowledge that will…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Speech Acts
Breiner, Beth – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
In eastern Pennsylvania, middle schoolers are teaching the teachers how to use technology effectively in the classroom. This article describes the Technology Wizards program which was developed by the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit's Department of Instructional Innovation. It is a radical departure from traditional educational professional…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Innovation, Teachers, Professional Development
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Kokolis, Luanne L. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
There are those in the school community who believe that the anxious feelings and heightened sense of anxiety experienced by sixth graders as they transition from elementary to junior high school constitute a rite of passage. Teachers and school administrators in the Indiana Area Junior High School in Pennsylvania believed differently. During the…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Grade 6, Educational Environment, Junior High Schools
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Brown, Dave F.; Canniff, Mary – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
One of the most challenging daily experiences of teaching young adolescents is helping them transition from Piaget's concrete to the formal operational stage of cognitive development during the middle school years. Students who have reached formal operations can design and test hypotheses, engage in deductive reasoning, use flexible thinking,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Curriculum Design, Cognitive Processes, Adolescent Development
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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
Amos, Jason, Ed. – Alliance for Excellent Education, 2005
"Straight A's: Public Education Policy and Progress" is a biweekly newsletter that focuses on education news and events both in Washington, DC and around the country. The following articles are included in this issue: (1) Show Me the Money: Alliance Analysis Finds That States Could Generate Millions More in Wages by Raising High School…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Reading Programs, Dropouts
Lare, Douglas – Schools in the Middle, 1993
A group of reading teachers at a Pennsylvania middle school was charged with developing a uniform reading program and selecting reading materials to meet their students' needs. This article describes the committee's work, focusing on the selection and adaption of a whole-language basal-reading program that incorporates writing and other language…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Basal Reading, Grade 5, Grade 6