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Fisher, Douglas; Fey, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The increased focus on reading strategies has had a number of unintended consequences, including the creation of strategy worksheets and isolated strategy instruction. We explore these unintended consequences and provide examples of how middle school teachers can engage students in authentic reading comprehension instruction that results in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Fisher, Douglas – Voices from the Middle, 2005
Over a two-year period, the teachers at John Adams Middle School wrote and administered eight common assessments across content areas and met to discuss the results of each. By linking standards, assessments, and instruction, teachers were able to identify areas of need for specific students and address those needs. Educators across the country…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Instructional Effectiveness
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas; Hernandez, Ted – Voices from the Middle, 2003
The ability to write tight, concise, and accurate summaries of texts is often a struggle for our students. With specific focus on precis writing, the authors used the GIST (Generating Interaction between Schemata and Text) learning strategy to increase comprehension of expository texts. By breaking down texts into logical sections and writing…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Strategies, Writing Instruction, Middle Schools