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Senn, Gary; McMurtrie, Deborah; Coleman, Bridget – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
With increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and STEAM, educators are looking for ways to integrate disciplines. Planning content around a common theme is an avenue for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning in the middle grades. Middle grade educators must find ways to relate content to their…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Educational Planning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Integrated Curriculum
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Carnes, Nathan – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
Shifting demographics among racial and ethnic groups within the United States are reflected in the diversity of the middle grade student population, as they are members of longstanding racial groups or members of biracial or multiracial groups that have emerged. These diversities are causes for celebrations, but at the same time offer challenges…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Cultural Awareness
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Vawter, David – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
A question asked by many teachers, is "How do we motivate the unmotivated kid?" There are many theories about motivation in the classroom and in order for these theories to work, they must become actionable strategies. These theories can be organized into five different categories: Enthusiasm, Empowerment, Encouragement, Emotions and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Expectation, Positive Reinforcement
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Childress, Glynnis – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
This study explores the types of professional learning teachers report when participating in an interdisciplinary team at the high school level. Most research on interdisciplinary teaming focuses on the middle school level, and it is unclear whether the benefits of teaming can be realized at the high school level. Analyzing teachers' reported…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teamwork, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Ruppert, Nancy B. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
The author is past-president of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and past-president of the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE). She is also the chair of the education department at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville). Her current areas of interest are in advocating for…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Faculty Development, Web Sites, Teacher Education Programs
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Wall, Amanda – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2019
In an introductory middle grades course, teacher candidates synthesize and apply the concepts from key middle level documents through their coursework. Along with a popular middle grades text (Brown & Knowles, 2014), teacher candidates read "This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents" (National Middle School Association,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Standards, Course Descriptions, Teaching Methods
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Hurd, Ellis; Weilbacher, Gary – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2018
Middle level educational frameworks have historically used collaborative forms of teaching. Exemplary middle schools use interdisciplinary teaming which often involves some level of co-planning, co-teaching, and co-assessing. In addition to this collaborative foundation, federal mandates for supporting students have led to frequent co-teaching…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Middle Schools, Models
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Paliwal, Veena – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2018
Manipulatives have been found to be effective in increasing mathematics achievement when they are put to good use (Canny, 1984; Clements & Battista, 1990; Clements, 1999; Sowell, 1989; Suydam, 1984), but their use in mathematics instruction is not clear and it is often debated to be effective (Ball, 1992; McNeil & Jarvin, 2007). The…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Comprehension
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Mannion, Caitlin M.; Davis, Jonathan Ryan – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2018
This study used a mixed methods approach to examine why teacher candidates choose to teach in a middle school. The study analyzed two populations of pre-service teachers in The College of New Jersey's (TCNJ) Secondary Education department: (a) students completing their first field experience in a middle school and (b) students who were part of…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Preservice Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Career Choice
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Sowell, Marsha – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2018
Recognized as the leader of the school, the middle school principal is expected to continually facilitate student success and school improvement. One such way principals can lead school improvement is through building supportive, trusting relationships with teachers. This qualitative case study explored the ways in which five middle school…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Educational Improvement, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Wall, Amanda; Leckie, Alisa – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2017
Curriculum integration is a tenet of middle level education. "This We Believe," the position paper of the Association for Middle Level Education, advocates for curriculum that is exploratory, relevant, integrative, and meaningful for young adolescents. Teachers can integrate curriculum across content areas by anchoring units of study in…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students
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Kahn, Brian – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2017
One of the major challenges facing middle level social studies teachers is to help young adolescents understand the relevance of the past in the present day. As middle level learners are primed to develop their cognitive abilities and to view people and events from the past from multiple perspectives, it is imperative that teachers go beyond the…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents
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Ruppert, Nancy; Adcock, Lee T.; Crave, Jared – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2017
Using five themes associated with a diversity intensive undergraduate course, preservice teachers in an upper level introduction to middle grade course described their knowledge of cultural competence using digital storytelling as the tool. Findings suggest digital storytelling provides a tool to explore and describe how cultural competence is…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle Schools, Cultural Awareness, Story Telling
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Farber, Katherine A. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2017
Does service learning impact the personal growth of middle grades students in grades 4-8? If so, in what ways? A review of the literature indicates that it does, in terms of the development of empathy, responsibility, civic engagement, and self-efficacy. In addition, findings include growth in students' communication with parents and teachers. In…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Individual Development, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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Walker, Juan; Langan, Elise – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2016
The process of teaching world religions is fraught with dispositional and pedagogical concerns for pre-service teachers. To address these issues, middle grades pre-service teachers were asked to integrate an inquiry-based approach while considering their own histlexia, which we define as an inability to articulate positions. The findings of this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Social Studies, Religion Studies
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