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Fair, Ginni; Florell, Dan – Middle School Journal, 2019
Despite the use of various anti-bullying programs, bullying continues to plague middle schools. However, there is an approach to bullying that complements other programs and can be easily integrated into course curriculum. This approach uses young adult novels to encourage adolescents to use perspective taking and empathy building through…
Descriptors: Bullying, Audiences, Prosocial Behavior, Young Adults
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Hart Barnett, Juliet E.; Fisher, Kim W.; O'Connell, Natasha; Franco, Kimberlee – Middle School Journal, 2019
There is growing national awareness of the negative and long-term consequences associated with bullying. The impact of childhood bullying can be substantial and include lowered self-esteem, heightened anxiety, greater levels of depression, fear, school refusal, isolation, and even suicide. While there is growing research on programs to address…
Descriptors: Bullying, Middle School Students, Student Behavior, Intervention
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Solomon, Suzanne; Schaefer, Mary Beth – Middle School Journal, 2019
Providing authentic college experiences for students in the middle grades through a partnership with a local college can improve college readiness skills and leave students with a positive view of post-secondary possibilities and opportunities. This article describes a college immersion program--a weeklong college experience provided to all…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning
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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet; Thornton, Bill – Middle School Journal, 2019
The culture of a school is a critical component of school improvement efforts. However, changing the culture of a school is no easy feat. In this qualitative, single case study, we describe the perceptions held and strategies employed by one female principal newly assigned to a middle school in an urban setting. We examined the principal's…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Administrator Attitudes, Principals, Discipline
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Moser, Kelly M.; Ivy, Jessica; Hopper, Peggy F. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Education for young adolescents must be challenging, relevant, integrative, and exploratory. Integrative teaching (e.g., interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, etc.) benefits middle-level learners as it potentially increases student engagement, motivation, and achievement. It provides learners with the opportunity to synthesize…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learner Engagement
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Summers, Ryan; Rodems, Kathy; Denos, Sharlene; Atkinson, Amy – Middle School Journal, 2019
The "Next Generation Science Standards" identifies argumentation as a central practice, and, subsequently, energizes teachers to develop students' capacity to write well-reasoned arguments and support their claims with relevant evidence. These skills now expected in the science classroom have long been central to instruction in…
Descriptors: Evidence, Astronomy, Biology, Reflection
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Falco, Lia D. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Findings from recent studies suggest that students' pathways into mathematics-related careers begin as early as middle school when students are forming lasting self-perceptions of their academic abilities. Middle school is also a time when students begin making choices about future coursework in math, science, and technology that will have…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Self Concept, Self Efficacy, Middle School Students
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Dani, Danielle – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article discusses how a place-based approach to middle-level science teacher education prepares middle grades teacher candidates to leverage local culture and community to create interdisciplinary and relevant curriculum for all middle grades students. The article describes evidence-based strategies that capitalize on local place and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Place Based Education, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Coffey, Heather; Fulton, Steve – Middle School Journal, 2018
This work explores the potential of using a critical service-learning project with middle grades English language arts students to facilitate development of a social justice mindset. Through The Responsible Change Project, a curriculum designed by classroom teachers, students identified social justice issues of concern within their communities,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Middle School Students, Language Arts, Social Justice
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Hagerman, Dana; Porath, Suzanne – Middle School Journal, 2018
Rolling Hills Middle School has begun the implementation of a personalized learning model with one house of 50 8th grade students. This personalized learning (PL) model promotes collaborative work among groups of students and supports student choice and agency as it fosters learner independence. This qualitative, interpretive case study used…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Public Schools, Social Justice
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Andrews, P. Gayle; Moulton, Matthew J.; Hughes, Hilary E. – Middle School Journal, 2018
In middle grades teacher education, the literature regarding issues of diversity, equity, and social justice practices is exceptionally sparse. In keeping with recent arguments about the state of middle grades education, we contend that middle grades teacher education programs, including ours, are not where they need to be in preparing teachers to…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teacher Certification, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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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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