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Vawter, David H.; McMurtrie, Deborah H. – Middle School Journal, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to online learning brings new challenges in meeting the unique social and emotional needs of young adolescents. Furthermore, the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated deep inequities in our society. The crisis highlights the growing racial and economic disparities that occur when students do not have the online…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Student Needs, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents
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Mizell, Jason D. – Middle School Journal, 2022
This paper explores how LatCrit and testimonios were used to explore and make sense of one Afro-Latino adolescent's immigration story. Picturebooks written by those emic to a community have long been acknowledged as providing a site where children of color can find a space that not only validates their lived experiences but also provides a…
Descriptors: Picture Books, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Adolescents
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Shiver, Janet; Klosterman, Peter – Middle School Journal, 2022
One of the greatest conceptual difficulties faced by middle level mathematics students is developing a rich understanding of irrational numbers that includes recognizing that irrational numbers are truly real numbers with an exact value and an exact place on the number line. Developing a deep conceptual understanding of irrational numbers is…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction
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Maunakea, Summer P.; Simanu, Crystal; Suluai-Mahuka, Sabrina – Middle School Journal, 2022
This study takes a transnational and collaborative approach to explore how Pacific Island educators are using web 2.0 technology to enhance instruction and facilitate culturally sustaining learning opportunities for emergent bilingual and multilingual students. It is also an analysis of the digital divide for young adolescent users due to…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Web 2.0 Technologies, Technology Uses in Education, Samoan Americans
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Hughes, Hilary E.; Benson, Kelsey; Brody, Dylan; Murphy, Amy; Ranschaert, Rachel – Middle School Journal, 2022
In spring 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic collided with a national reckoning on racial injustice and ruptured our country's core. The effects of this collision necessitated something other than business as usual in school leadership: it called for the kind of courageous leadership rooted in equity and justice we describe in this paper. In this…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Cooperation, Equal Education, Social Justice
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Brackins, Harold Wade – Middle School Journal, 2022
Numerous studies have contributed to the theoretical, empirical, and practical understanding of teacher empathy, but few have captured the voices of middle school students to understand their lived experiences; no studies have explored the topic in Christian academies. Grounded in Rogers' theory of self and subsequent theories about…
Descriptors: Christianity, Empathy, Middle School Students, Religious Schools
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Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Vomvoridi-Ivanovic, Eugenia – Middle School Journal, 2022
This qualitative case study highlights the ways a novice middle school mathematics teacher established an adolescent-centered community of care that set the stage for responsive middle level mathematics teaching (RMLMT). Findings revealed that fostering caring school-based relationships supports the establishment of a responsive classroom…
Descriptors: Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Caring, Culturally Relevant Education
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Monem, Ruba; Cramer, Elizabeth D. – Middle School Journal, 2022
Action research is an evidence-based practice that is highly applicable to middle school teaching and learning. Middle school teachers can empower themselves and their students by participating in immersive, meaningful activities that are designed to improve educational outcomes. Action research is purposeful and beneficial for teachers, students,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Middle Schools, Evidence Based Practice, Middle School Teachers
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Falbe, Kristina N.; Smith, Kristie W. – Middle School Journal, 2022
As middle grades teacher educators, we carry a responsibility to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of practice ahead in their real-world classrooms. Similarly, middle school instructional coaches and specialists support in-service practitioners within the authentic context of their real world, real time experiences as teachers. In the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Practices, Inquiry
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Bintz, William P.; Ciecierski-Madara, Lisa M. – Middle School Journal, 2022
This article adds picturebooks to the rich landscape of middle grades readings. It begins with a vignette that inspired this article, followed by an introduction to the changing definitions picturebooks. Next, it provides a brief overview of the different relationships between text and illustrations. Then, it discusses the value of picturebooks…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Instruction, Picture Books, Definitions
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Dolet, Tia C.; Salas, Spencer – Middle School Journal, 2021
Leveraging the momentum of the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements as a call for change, this piece focuses on how middle grades communities can better support and protect their Black female students. Coming together as middle grades teacher leaders, we took up "The Bluest Eye" as the starting point for a discussion of these issues.…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, Middle School Students, Educational Environment
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VanValkenburgh, Jessica; Putnam, Jennifer; Porter, Mitch – Middle School Journal, 2021
This article aims to explore the parent involvement perceptions of teachers and parents of middle school students. The study is grounded in Epstein et al.'s theory of overlapping spheres of influence and six typologies of parent involvement. Qualitative data were collected through short-response surveys at three different middle school sites to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes
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Brunskill, Pamela; Strong, John Z. – Middle School Journal, 2021
Critical thinking is one of the most highly sought skills in education, yet questions remain about instilling students with this elusive set of skills and dispositions. Is it generalizable or discipline-specific? How should it be taught? This article describes an approach by two middle school teachers who developed and taught an in-person and…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Humanities
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Ghasemi, Farshad; Karimi, Mohammad Nabi – Middle School Journal, 2021
In all educational settings, teachers are likely to encounter learners with different emotional and cognitive characteristics, particularly learners who are demotivated or disengaged and as a result misbehave in the classroom. Learned helplessness (LH) is associated with such emotional and motivational deficits in academic performance. This study…
Descriptors: Helplessness, Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Intervention
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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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