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Mertens, Gillian E.; Mundorf, Jon; Bainter, Taylor; Bourn, John; Kohnen, Angela M. – Middle School Journal, 2021
In this article, we describe a collaboratively developed information literacy curriculum that was embedded into three core 8th grade subjects: Algebra, American History, and English Language Arts. The curriculum was rooted in the concept of generalist literacy and supported students as they developed their curiosity, skepticism, commitment to…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Information Literacy, Interdisciplinary Approach, Curriculum Development
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Wellenreiter, Benjamin R. – Middle School Journal, 2021
Hallways, cafeterias, buses, bathrooms, locker rooms, and other spaces in and around school property serve as venues for positive and negative social processes. Middle school educators can gain important insights into the adolescent world by exploring student perspectives of these spaces vital to middle school social experiences. Often unseen or…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Student Experience
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Terantino, Joe; Donovan, Sarah – Middle School Journal, 2021
This article presents a protocol for utilizing conferring strategies for reading conferences with English Language Learners (ELLs) as a means to support their reading comprehension skills and develop content area vocabulary in middle level education. The Conferring with English Language Learners (CELL) Protocol emphasizes ELLs' conversational…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Porath, Suzanne; Hagerman, Dana – Middle School Journal, 2021
Drawing from different orientations, personalized, learner-centered environments and connected learning are two frameworks that work well together to renew classrooms and schools to focus on the needs and interests of the learner and make connections between experience, content standards, disciplines, and the community. This case study describes…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Middle School Students, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods
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Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Sheldon, Steven; Clark, Emily – Middle School Journal, 2021
District leaders have invested widely in the creation of parent portals, but have paid less attention to ensuring that they are achieving their purpose in providing information that parents can use in supporting their children's academic success. This study, based on qualitative field note data from a larger four-year study of a continuous…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Web Sites, Communication Strategies
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Yoon, Bogum – Middle School Journal, 2021
The purpose of this article is to present a brief synopsis of major theoretical orientations of second language acquisition (SLA) processes and offer practical implications for middle school teachers who work with English language learners (ELLs). ELLs' academic needs in middle school settings are particularly unique. Compared to younger children,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Literacy Education
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Protacio, Maria Selena; Piazza, Susan V.; David, Virginia – Middle School Journal, 2021
At the middle school level, active family engagement is difficult enough with native English speaking families but even more so with parents of English learners (ELs). Using a funds of knowledge approach in this article, we position families as knowledgeable participants with strengths who contribute significantly to their adolescent's academic…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation
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Epstein, Joyce L.; Mac Iver, Douglas J.; Mac Iver, Martha A.; Sheldon, Steven B. – Middle School Journal, 2021
Middle grades teachers want early adolescents to take responsibility for their own learning and success in school. One way to encourage this is with "interactive homework," which enables students to lead conversations with a parent or family partner about something interesting they are learning in class. An exploratory study tested…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Walls, Jeff – Middle School Journal, 2021
Educators' efforts at fostering social and emotional learning are grounded in, and closely related to caring: a belief that developing social and emotional skills will help students to flourish both personally and academically. Yet, research has shown that many middle grades students do not feel cared for in school and find educators' efforts at…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Emotional Development, Social Development, Middle School Students
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King Lund, Magdalena; Hillis, Autumn; Green, Jill; Mofield, Emily – Middle School Journal, 2021
Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) offer a positive approach to discipline while also providing middle school students opportunities to develop social-emotional skills (conflict resolution and self-management). RJP contrasts sharply with traditional, punitive, zero-tolerance discipline models which perpetuate systemic inequity in schools,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Beliefs, Attitude Change, Discipline Policy
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Duane, Addison; Casimir, Arlène E.; Mims, Lauren C.; Kaler-Jones, Cierra; Simmons, Dena – Middle School Journal, 2021
As the research on mindfulness expands to include school-based interventions, middle school educators across the country have implemented mindfulness in the classroom. However, similar to other social-emotional learning approaches, when implemented in the absence of cultural context and trauma-informed care, mindfulness can be weaponized. In this…
Descriptors: Trauma, Culturally Relevant Education, Middle School Teachers, Intervention
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Linder, Roberta – Middle School Journal, 2021
This article provides a research basis and practical applications for the inclusion of multicultural literature as a component of SEL programming. Multicultural text selections not only allow young adolescents to see themselves and others through the characters, but they also provide students with the opportunity to take part in activities and…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Childrens Literature, Social Emotional Learning, Awards
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Mims, Lauren C.; Kaler-Jones, Cierra – Middle School Journal, 2020
Black girls have been at the forefront of educational change as leaders who "run the show" throughout history yet their unique contributions are missing from books and classroom materials, and their perspectives excluded from definitions of leadership. To address these deficits, we interviewed 21 Black girls enrolled in a summer program…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Females, African American Leadership
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Davis, Camea L.; Hall, Lauren M. – Middle School Journal, 2020
This study explored how middle-level teachers can combine a public platform for student voice, content related to the American Dream, and pedagogy informed by Tatum's racial identity development to prompt students to: explore their racial and civic identities; engage in critical, inclusive dialogue; complicate traditional narratives about America;…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Activism, Poetry, Culturally Relevant Education
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Nojan, Saugher – Middle School Journal, 2020
The rising percentage of nonwhite students in the U.S. public school system accompanied by persistent educational debt and racial inequities presents an opportunity gap for many marginalized students. Scholars suggest that teaching ethnic studies curriculum with critical race pedagogy can help address the opportunity gap. Ethnic Studies centers on…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Consciousness Raising, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents
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