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Wilhelm, Jeff; Smith, Michael W. – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Motivation is key to engaging students in meaningful and productive work. Identifying individual students' interests would be ideal, but in the real world, we need to create and sustain "situational interest." Smith and Wilhelm reference their own research as well as other research that is contextually very different to show how the same…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Student Interests, Context Effect, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Michael W.; Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2006
The authors offer research studies and other documented evidence that teaching grammar without a meaningful context does not improve student writing, largely because that approach does not address the root causes of errors. Several resources that support this position and offer more productive strategies are summarized, including the authors'…
Descriptors: Grammar, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Error Patterns
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Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Discusses text features that tended to engage boys, and describes their desire to use literacy to share and socialize. Finds that boys were more different than alike, and that very particular conditions in the social context were more important than preexisting interests. Offers brief descriptions of 11 books the author has found to be appealing…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Males
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Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2001
Argues that schools and teachers underestimate the demands that particular texts place on readers, especially as students reach middle school. Describes how the author uses think-alouds as one particular technique to actively give contextualized strategic knowledge over to students. Shows how this helps readers overcome their struggles to develop…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Content Area Reading, Educational Practices, Educational Principles
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Wilhelm, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2000
Explains why being able to use the latest electronic technologies has everything to do with being literate. Argues that hypermedia design has particular strengths that help to support student literacy development. Shows how hypermedia design is easily adaptable into current school structures and constraints. Describes how students in a design…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Hypermedia