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Patterson, Joshua L.; Conolly, Mindy C.; Ritter, Shirley A. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2009
This article describes how the teachers in a sixth grade mathematics inclusion class used differentiated instruction to better meet the needs of all learners in the classroom. In an inclusion class with students of mixed abilities, differentiated instruction allows the teacher to meet the needs of every learner by providing students with multiple…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Grade 6, Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Morgan, Bruce; Odom, Deb – Educational Leadership, 2006
The authors of this article, 4th grade and 6th grade teachers at Castle Rock Elementary School in Colorado, describe their efforts to engage their students in learning. Morgan recounts a math lesson in which he confirmed that 4th graders sometimes need extensive preparation and support to translate their impressive insights into the written word.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Grade 4, Grade 6, Mathematics Instruction
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Schmidt, William H.; Burroughs, Nathan A. – Educational Leadership, 2013
The adoption of the Common Core State Standards by 46 states and the District of Columbia represents a dramatic departure in U.S. education. In the past, national efforts to improve education have been directed by the federal government and have emphasized resources or organizational structure. In contrast, the Common Core State Standards in math…
Descriptors: State Standards, Public Schools, Educational Change, Mathematics Education
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McMahon, Susan I. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The authors adopt the stance that, even though strategy use should be taught to help learners monitor their comprehension, such instruction is not sufficient to insure transfer or ownership. Further, such instruction often emphasizes only literal recall, limiting students' understanding. Therefore, the author argues that teachers should consider…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Middle School Students, Recall (Psychology), Learning Strategies
Umphrey, Jan – Principal Leadership, 2013
Laurie Barron, the principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan, GA, is the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year. This article presents a conversation with Barron on her passion for teaching and learning. She shares her biggest motivator as a school leader and how she motivates her students and staff members to fully…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Principals, Leadership Effectiveness, Motivation Techniques
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Mitsakos, Charles L.; Ackerman, Ann T. – Social Education, 2009
Schools in the late sixties and early seventies had many options and were engaged in implementing a variety of programs rooted in the social science disciplines with effective pedagogy drawn from social studies educators. With the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one can observe the drastic changes made in the way social…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Innovation, Scores
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Weaver, Paula E. – Childhood Education, 2004
As the effects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and its ensuing mandates for compliance are felt in classrooms across the United States, the issues of high-stakes testing and rigorous benchmark paradigms are becoming a daily challenge for teachers. NCLB mandates rigorous testing for every child in grades 3-8 in reading and math. Children…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests
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Cuero, Kimberley K.; Worthy, Jo; Rodriguez-Galindo, Alejandra – Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, 2009
Drawing on data collected during the second year of a longitudinal qualitative study that followed over 10 Latino/a bilingual students, this article foregrounds the experiences of participants during their sixth-grade year. The principle data sources included structured and unstructured interviews with teachers and students, school observations,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, School Choice, Neighborhood Schools, Magnet Schools
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Kinloch, Valerie F. – English Education, 2005
In this essay, the author argues for a democratized way of developing a consciousness of differences by describing two abbreviated creative writing classroom experiences with urban sixth grade middle school students during the 2002-2003 academic year. She draws on Tony Medina's (2001) claim that poetry and writing weave people and worlds together…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Poetry
Curriculum Review, 2007
When the award-winning journalist Eric Schlosser's groundbreaking book "Fast Food Nation" was published for adults, many called for his insights and research to be shared with young readers. And, when "Fast Food Nation" gained popularity as a fictional, yet factual motion picture, the buzz continued. Children, after all, are the fast-food…
Descriptors: Interviews, Food, Nutrition, Films
Mitchell, Bruce – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
Even though Joel lived a continent away, many sixth-graders at a Title I school in California could easily identify with his life of poverty. Their empathy motivated them to launch an ambitious charitable project, which, Mr. Mitchell argues, had far greater educational value than the relentless test preparation that is standard fare in most…
Descriptors: Empathy, Standardized Tests, Fund Raising, Private Financial Support
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Wilson, Amy Alexandra – Reading Teacher, 2008
Using a science lesson on lunar phases as a basis for discussion, the author suggests ways that teachers can provide literacy instruction on multimodal texts in science. The author asserts that multiple representations are central to the discipline of science, and that students require explicit instruction on how to critically read, evaluate, and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Scientific Literacy
Wingle, Jane – Teaching Pre K-8, 2006
In a religion class of 26 bright creative sixth graders, one student demonstrates the power of peer pressure. Part of the morning ritual is to say prayer petitions. Students seems to be calmed by their expressions of care for their families, friends, pets, their military troops, victims of natural disasters, the homeless, etc. However, one student…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Peer Influence, Group Dynamics, Student Behavior
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Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich; Gutierrez, Kris D. – Research in the Teaching of English, 2006
In our previous "At Last" essay, "The "Problem" of English Learners: Constructing Genres of Difference" (Gutierrez & Orellana, 2006), we identified a predictable genre that characterizes much research on English Learners. We noted how the genre may unwittingly perpetuate deficit constructions and keep us from identifying other issues for…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Limited English Speaking, Literacy, Student Surveys