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Santori, Diane; Smith, Carol A. – Middle School Journal, 2018
Educators and researchers are finding that students are more motivated and engaged when using mobile devices such as an iPad. Yet research describing powerful and effective iPad-mediated teaching and learning and how it supports the development of multiliteracies is limited. This article reports on a qualitative study that was designed to capture…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications
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Ciecierski, Lisa M.; Bintz, William P. – Middle School Journal, 2018
This article shares aspects to consider when designing and implementing content area instruction through the study of people. It begins with a description of an inquiry that investigated students' learning with the use of authentic literature and meaningful writing in social studies, and then extends to a discussion of how to apply these same…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Centered Curriculum, Content Area Writing, Educational Principles
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Bennett, Cory A.; Martin, Kathryn – Middle School Journal, 2018
Exemplary middle schools have a variety of programs that support students' needs and help them adjust socially and emotionally; advisory programs can be one structure to effectively provide some of this support. This article shares the story of how a group of middle level teachers and teacher leaders within a culturally diverse school reclaimed…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Faculty Advisers, Counseling Services, Cultural Relevance
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Kyzar, Kathleen; Jimerson, Jo Beth – Middle School Journal, 2018
Evidence around adolescent learning and development is clear: School-family partnerships matter. However, traditional methods for engaging families that narrowly define who is involved and what constitutes involvement fall short of promoting optimal outcomes. Meaningful family engagement practices involve reciprocal, two-way interactions between…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Family School Relationship, School Culture, Administrative Principles
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Bills, Patricia; Griebling, Susan; Waspe, Noah – Middle School Journal, 2018
While we have known about the benefits of project-based learning for decades, it has been difficult to maintain momentum in learning how to do it well, especially as the policy context in education turned toward high-stakes accountability measures in the early 2000s. Currently, many schools across the country are incorporating project-based…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 6, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Rodríguez-Castro, Mónica; Salas, Spencer; Benson, Tracey – Middle School Journal, 2018
LaRocque, Kleiman, and Darling (2011) characterized parental involvement as the "missing link" in school achievement. For this reason, especially, middle grades teachers and teacher leaders want very much to reach out to newcomer Latino families--and they do. Although Google Translate™ has emerged as a go-to tool for many teachers and…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Courseware, Translation, Language Skills
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Sansone, Anna – Middle School Journal, 2018
Next Generation Science Standards encourage science instruction that offers not only opportunities for inquiry but also the diverse social and cognitive processes involved in scientific thinking and communication. This article gives an introduction to Lave and Wenger's (1991) communities of practice framework as a potential way of viewing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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Wellenreiter, Benjamin R. – Middle School Journal, 2018
Non-classroom school spaces such as cafeterias, hallways, and locker rooms have complex structures that require analysis to maintain or improve school climate. Middle level educators are encouraged to observe, question, and evaluate rules and procedures to ensure these spaces are safe and socially just. Educators should work to view these spaces…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Middle School Students, Educational Environment, Middle School Teachers
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Johnson, Brian Walker; Batchelor, Melissa – Middle School Journal, 2018
How can middle-level educators improve reading achievement when digitized texts and tests manage their instruction? Experienced Osage Middle School reading teachers and school administrators addressed this question as they examined their Istation reading curriculum, and higher education faculty partners were invited to portray this work. Teaching…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Reading Achievement, College School Cooperation, Reading Improvement
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Aidman, Barry; Price, Peter – Middle School Journal, 2018
A key challenge for 21st-century schools, families, and communities is to develop knowledgeable, responsible, and caring students who are able to work well with others from diverse backgrounds in socially and emotionally skilled ways. This case study tells the story of one middle school's journey through the implementation of a social and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools
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Satterlee Vizenor, Amy; Matuska, Jill – Middle School Journal, 2018
A popular trend fusing regular and special education, co-teaching aims to combine the content expertise of a general education teacher with a special education teacher's understanding of meeting the needs of a range of learners for the good of all students. Co-teaching also serves as a vehicle for actualizing characteristics of successful schools…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Early Adolescents
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Bintz, William P.; Monobe, Gumiko – Middle School Journal, 2018
This article describes results from a research project in which graduate education students from multiple content areas used an instructional strategy, centered on poetry, to integrate reading and writing across the curriculum. It discusses the importance of integrated curriculum and highlights the metaphorical tug-of-war between interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Graduate Students, Poetry, Writing Across the Curriculum
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica – Middle School Journal, 2018
While many preservice teachers turn to teaching because they believe in the power of education in the pursuit of social justice, they also lack concrete ideas for how to bring social justice education into the middle-school classroom. With the goal of preparing social justice educators in mind, teacher educators must find ways to transform these…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers
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Linsky, Arielle C. V.; Hatchimonji, Danielle R.; Kruzik, Claudia L.; Kifer, Samantha; Franza, Nina; McClain, Kellie; Nayman, Samuel J.; Elias, Maurice J. – Middle School Journal, 2018
Teaching character virtues and social-emotional skills in isolation of social-political context is incomplete at best. Further, racial and ethnic inequity in social action and political influence spans from youth to adults and must be addressed (Kahne & Middaugh, 2008b). Middle school is a crucial developmental time to cultivate students'…
Descriptors: Social Action, Urban Areas, Middle School Students, Social Change
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Crosby, Shantel D.; Howell, Penny; Thomas, Shelley – Middle School Journal, 2018
Students in the middle grades experience tremendous development in various domains. However, childhood trauma can significantly impede this development, further exacerbating the functioning of our most vulnerable student populations. This article aims to describe the use of trauma-informed teaching as a form of middle-level, social justice…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Trauma, Middle School Students, Classroom Techniques
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