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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Burke's own teacher-research has resulted in solutions for real classroom situations. In this, his last contribution as a column editor for "VM," he offers two more practical ideas for helping students achieve, and sends his readers off with advice to look to their own classrooms for solutions to the ever-present challenges of teaching. (Contains…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teaching Models, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Study Habits
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Jim Burke is a master at making pedagogical principles accessible with practical teaching aids, most notably graphic organizers. In this article, he asks two questions, "What can teachers do that makes a difference for all students, that meets them where they are and helps get them where they need to be as reader and writers--as students?" and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Presents the Main Idea Organizer (MIO) to help students who may struggle with writing, reading, and thinking--though in different ways and for different reasons. Describes many different ways the author uses the MIO. (SG)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Critical Thinking, Grade 7, Instructional Innovation
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Discusses the merits of three familiar classroom tools: overheads, whiteboards, and television monitors. Notes that each of these different tools offers a different means by which to introduce ideas and information, illustrate connections, and organize information. Concludes that using resources is important in the light of cutbacks many teachers…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Overhead Projectors
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers conversation one of the most useful tools in the author's teacher's toolbox. Features a sample sequence, complete with the handout he uses in class to achieve productive conversations. Outlines conversation guidelines. (SG)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Instructional Innovation, Middle Schools
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Describes how the author learned by watching low-achieving students play intricate card games such as "Magic" that they can learn, can remember, and certainly can master information. Realizes that these cards were advanced learning tools, multifaceted texts using color, symbols, images, texts, and metaphor to help create a world of…
Descriptors: Games, Learning Strategies, Low Achievement, Secondary Education
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Introduces notetaking tools used successfully with English-as-a-second-language students and low-achieving high school freshmen. Provides an overview of each tool and explains how students use them to take notes when reading textbooks and articles. Notes these tools and academic habits have helped students succeed in their mainstream academic…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), High Schools, Instructional Improvement, Low Achievement
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Discusses "textual intelligence": knowledge of how texts of all kinds work. Describes how the author uses grammar in his classroom to help students understand how to read and write better and how to think with greater clarity. Describes activities used before and after students read or write. Argues that grammar is a process that helps students…
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Grammar, Language Arts
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Burke, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2000
Suggests that teaching students to evaluate what they read on the Internet is critical: they need skills to determine validity, aesthetic or literary quality, accuracy, and authenticity. Offers web site evaluation questions for adult readers, and a web site evaluation form for students. (SR)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Evaluation Criteria, Internet