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Mee, Molly – National Middle School Association (NJ3), 2007
Many middle school students claim that their voices are ignored in the classroom, where the attitude is too often that the teacher holds the one right answer. Instead of this approach, teachers may wish to use the Socratic Seminar, which prompts students to examine issues and ideas through dialogue and actively involves and motivates them, giving…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Middle School Students, Student Participation
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Chinn, Pauline W. U. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2012
Maria Andree focuses on an immigrant student whose error in a laboratory activity leads to a novel, colorful outcome that she excitedly shares with peers. After engaging in class activities for a few weeks she returns to her earlier dislike of science, saying: "I hate science, particularly Chemistry." The classroom activity system…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Class Activities, Cultural Pluralism, Learning Theories
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McDougall, Hannah – Teaching History, 2013
McDougall found learning about Stephen and Matilda fascinating, was sure that her pupils would also and designed an enquiry to engage them in "the anarchy" of 1139-1153 AD. Pupils enjoyed exploring "the anarchy" and learning about it enhanced their knowledge and understanding of the medieval period considerably. However,…
Descriptors: Medieval History, History Instruction, Historical Interpretation, Instructional Development
Hoppe, Kelly M. – Library Media Connection, 2011
To gain a fresh perspective as a librarian, go back into the classroom for a year. In reality, this is not possible or even desirable for librarians. Library jobs are hard to come by, and no school would hold someone's position while they ventured off into the classroom. However, a year ago, the author found herself in exactly this situation. In…
Descriptors: Librarians, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Experience, School Libraries
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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
Burke, Jeremy; Cowen, Sheara; Fernandez, Sainza; Wesslen, Maria – Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, 2006
In this article, the authors talk about transformation geometry being treated as little more than a set of tricks rather than as a mathematically rigorous topic. This appears to lead to pupils seeing little point in studying "reflections, rotations and translations" as other than examinable items in some future test. Following the argument…
Descriptors: Transformations (Mathematics), Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 7
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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Bunch, George C. – Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 2006
In this article, I describe mainstream middle school classrooms designed to re-think the conditions under which language minority students who have lived in the United States for a number of years can develop English language skills while also gaining access to a rigorous curriculum. I describe a variety of transactions that students used to…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Grade 7, Language Skills, English (Second Language)
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Hunsberger, Phil – Reading Research Quarterly, 2007
The definition of literacy has become narrow, bounded, and associated predominantly with measurement of cognitive skills used to decode words. In this article, the author explores the absence in the literacy instruction of a clear, deliberate, and intentional focus upon "connectedness" between the reader and the text. The author maintains that…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Connected Discourse, Reader Text Relationship
Potenza, Susan Ade – Teaching Pre K-8, 2007
In this article, the author discusses a five-month interdisciplinary bird study that she designed for her seventh-grade students that combines life science, technology, writing, art, mathematics, social studies and literature. The driving force behind this yearly unit is the BirdSleuth eBird program (formerly the Cornell University Classroom…
Descriptors: Ornithology, Science Education, Student Interests, Integrated Curriculum
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Coggeshall, Kara; Doherty, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2004
The dilemma of promoting young adult literacy gripped the authors' seventh-grade class last year as never before. In an attempt to obliterate the students' reluctance to reading, the authors looked to technology to help motivate the students and break down their resistance to reading. This article describes the authors' successful integration of…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Adult Literacy, Reading Instruction, Grade 7
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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
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
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