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Mitchell, Gloria; Hudson, Will; Barone, Melissa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2020
William Heard Kilpatrick's essay on "The Project Method," first published in 1918, argues for a method of education in which students' school activities are inspired by their own interests and guided by their own purposes. This article describes the project method as it is carried out in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at an…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Middle School Students, Private Schools, Cooperative Learning
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Katch, Jane; Harrow, Sheryl; Lockney, Jackie; Baffa, Nancy; Fuchs, Juliana; Peters, Heather; Whitney, Steve; Inman, Katy; Diller, Susan; Lewenberg, Anne – Schools: Studies in Education, 2019
Teachers at a, mostly white, independent school met monthly for a year, discussing how to talk with children from pre-K through eighth grade about race. They looked at interactions that arose spontaneously in the classroom, from younger children's comments about skin color to racially tinged remarks in the older classes. Faculty members, who all…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Mitchell, Gloria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2019
Any activity that involves making choices entails the risk of failure, and the more personally meaningful the choices are, the more deeply felt the failure will be. Drawing on my experiences in supervising the self-chosen, long-term projects of my eighth-grade students, I argue that it is neither possible nor desirable to prevent young people from…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Decision Making, Risk, Grade 8
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Ratner, Andrew – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
The author, a professor of English education, reads to his nine-year-old son nightly, and has for many years. The mutually cherished and fulfilling routine is strained to the breaking point because of the author's growing concern about his son's prospects for being admitted into a "good" public middle school. The narrative offers…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Middle Schools, Literacy Education, High Stakes Tests
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Rozich, Elizabeth S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This autoethnographic narrative explores the challenges and successes of employing critical pedagogy in an eighth-grade history classroom. Using the threads of teacher, scholar, and individual, the author shares the intellectual and emotional progression through hope, frustration, humility, and growth that this endeavor demanded. Further, this…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Ethnography, Educational Practices, History Instruction
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Locke, Richard M. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2006
Richard Locke began his first full-time job teaching seventh grade social studies at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago a quarter of a century before writing this article. Here he writes that as a young inexperienced teacher just out of college he was filled with enthusiasm and convinced that education could play a progressive role in society.…
Descriptors: Emotional Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Beginning Teachers