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Bintz, William P.; Moran, Petra Pienkosky; Berndt, Rochelle; Ritz, Elizabeth; Skilton, Julie A.; Bircher, Lisa S. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Today, increasing numbers of teachers at all grade levels are recognizing that inference is a powerful way of thinking and an important 21st century skill for all students to use and develop across the curriculum. Increasing numbers of teachers are also recognizing that developing and implementing integrative curriculum is important at all grade…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inferences, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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Reissman, Rose Cherie – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article focuses on middle school students analyzing product labels. The labels were analyzed in terms of which facts they purported to impart and to what extent these so-called facts tallied with actual data and scientific/health analyses of the products. Students then reworded the labels to include only documented facts. They also shared the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Merchandise Information, Consumer Economics
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Nelson, Trudi J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The potential benefits of collaboration often become overwhelmed with complaints of "freeloaders"--students who do not do their share of the work in the group but get the same grade. However, a survey of gifted students shows that they are likely to take on the bulk of the group's work, a situation that may not encourage group members to get…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Overachievement, Cooperative Learning, Surveys
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Batchelor, Katherine – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article describes one middle school teacher's use of literature circles using heterogeneous grouping. It begins with a brief rationale for using literature circles in the language arts classroom. Next, it describes techniques to form literature circles. Then, it shares how to build and establish a supportive environment within each group. It…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Heterogeneous Grouping, Middle School Teachers, Cooperative Learning
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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As both a teacher and a parent, Ranck-Buhr knows a little something about working with students and keeping them engaged in the reading and writing processes... even recalling a son who was a reluctant book-report writer until he was offered some choice of reading material. She suggests practical ways to implement two vital elements in the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Writing Processes, Reading Motivation, Reading
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Rush-Levine, Christy L. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This is an introduction to a high school student's perspective on what the ideal language arts classroom should look like. It is based on a middle school language arts classroom structured around a Nancie Atwell style workshop model. The workshop model in the classroom was grounded in real life literacy experiences, allowed for choice in writing…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Arts, Workshops, Middle Schools
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
According to Wilhelm, a teacher's power lies in learning to work "with" students, starting with listening. He recommends setting up conditions and mechanisms that help you learn from your students what they are learning, what challenges they are facing, and how best to teach them. Through inquiry, the classroom can become a vital and engaging…
Descriptors: Literary Styles, Listening Skills, Teacher Student Relationship, Cooperation
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Shanklin, Nancy; Gaynor, Paige – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Pursuing student voice in your design of curriculum helps students take more ownership of their learning. Gaynor and Shanklin developed an open-ended survey to gather information about students' growing understandings of the purposes for reading and writing and to solicit feedback about the year's activities. The survey is presented here, along…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Reading Achievement, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Johnston, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In the summer of 2009, this author devised a Saturday program with an emphasis on writing for publication targeting three students as his nucleus. One of the students, Mariano, was the only one of the three to accept the invitation. This was a strong indication of his passion for writing. Thus, three weeks before school began, the author and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Reading Skills, Student Writing Models, Writing for Publication
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Chiaravalloti, Laura A. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
There is a relationship between the structural supports teachers set in place to foster academic discourse in their classrooms and the quality of learning that is realized by their students. Research suggests that students who are given frequent and equitable opportunities for academic talk will be more likely to make academic gains. In this…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Academic Discourse, Group Discussion, Second Language Learning
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Johnson, Danielle – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Attempting discussions about social justice issues in a junior high classroom can be a daunting but critical task. Uncertainty about how to get conversations started, along with fear about where such talk might lead, can make the task easy to dismiss. In this paper, one teacher tells her story of inviting rich discussion about a variety of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Reading Improvement, Grade 9, Gender Bias
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Styslinger, Mary E.; Pollock, Timothy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This collaborative inquiry answers the following questions: 1) What is the nature of talk during Socratic Circles? 2) What is student response to talk? 3) How might knowing more about student response to talk and the nature of talk improve teaching during Socratic Circles? The article first describes the process of implementing Socratic Circles,…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Communication, Feedback (Response)
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Wilhelm offers us a definition of "third spaces" as "more democratic and dialogic spaces than a classroom, as well as a metaphor for a space in which new, hybrid, and challenging discourses and real-world knowledge and applications are created." With helpful background and examples, he urges us to create such spaces for our students, adamant that…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Dialogs (Language), Middle Schools, Learning
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Shanklin understands the value of civil, public discourse in a democratic society and the need to impart that to our students. She tells us that "when students enter a community where their use of growing literacy abilities is both respected and expected, they are more likely to use what they do know, and even to push themselves further, to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Gilles, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Research supports what many teachers have long known: talk is a valuable tool for learning. But how can we incorporate talk and still keep students on task, thinking collectively and deeply? Gillis offers a solid theoretical foundation for incorporating talk throughout the curriculum, and then provides practical help for implementing it, with…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship
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