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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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Bell, Athene; Ewaida, Marriam; Lynch, Megan R.; Zenkov, Kristien – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article reports on the findings of a photography and literacy project ("Through Students' Eyes") the authors conducted with middle level English language learners and alternative high school youth from a mid-Atlantic (US) ex-urban area. In order to bridge middle and high school settings, the authors used multimodal and photo…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Areas, Photography, Video Technology
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Egawa, Kathryn A. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Borrowing her title from Parker Palmer's "Courage to Teach", Kathy Egawa revisits her own professional learning journey and contrasts traditional, one-size-fits-all professional development with her own more meaningful learning from teaching. Her stories and research from the field focus on 1) learning from students, 2) learning among colleagues,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teaching (Occupation), Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Whitney, Anne Elrod – Voices from the Middle, 2009
While publishing has not typically been part of the official job description of teachers in the same way it has been for university scholars, a significant portion of articles in journals like "Voices from the Middle" are written by practicing teachers. Writing about your teaching practice or classroom inquiry for an audience of fellow teachers…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Occupational Information, Periodicals, Teaching Methods
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Fredricksen, James E. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Few would argue that teaching in community--sharing ideas, constructively critiquing, talking out decisions--expands our knowledge, our experience, and our sense of support. There are some important differences, however, between talking with our teaching colleagues and talking to other stakeholders. Fredricksen urges us to hold these discussions…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teaching (Occupation), Teachers, Interprofessional Relationship
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Teachers are busy. And sometimes that results in putting off valuable professional development. But the face of professional development is changing, as are our need for it and our options for getting it. Shanklin makes a case for PD starting early in any teaching career and suggests several outlets for ongoing, in-depth PD that can make a strong…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Professional Associations
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Kittle, Penny, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
As teachers, our most important mission is to turn our students into readers. It sounds so simple, but it's hard work, and we're all on a deadline. Kittle describes a class in which her own expectations that students would become readers combined with a few impassioned strategies succeeded ... at least with a young man named Alan.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Recreational Reading, Educational Strategies, Secondary School Students
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Kittle, Penny – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Andrew is among the forgotten, the written-off, the hopeless...at least to many of the adults in his life--police, teachers, even family. But when you see that glimmer, that potential, you can't turn your back. Andrew stands as a person, but also a metaphor for believing that each student has a chance to succeed.
Descriptors: At Risk Students, High School Students, Adolescents, Delinquency
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Kittle, Penny, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Understanding the reality of students who aren't engaged in literacy, Kittle proposes nothing less than revolution. She asks you to evaluate whether your students read enough, write enough, and rewrite enough, then challenges: If not, what would you have to change to make that happen? She shares examples from her classroom, and leaves us with a…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Student Motivation
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Stephens, Liz C.; Radcliffe, Rich; Schaefer, Jan – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Because approximately two-thirds of the nation's middle school students are writing and reading below the proficient level (NCREL, 2005), researchers warn that we may be facing a literacy crisis in the next decade unless schools commit to creating a culture that promotes college or other postsecondary education. The authors endorse the position…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Literacy
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Crutcher, Chris – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Crutcher, an advocate for children above all else, revisits a few of the most urgent issues facing teachers--Censorship, "No Child Left Without Life Threatening Test Anxiety," Zero Tolerance, to name a few--and an encouraging word about addressing them. He believes teachers "have the toughest job in our culture," and urges them to "rise up . . .…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, Child Rearing, Zero Tolerance Policy, Public Education
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Read, Sylvia – Voices from the Middle, 2006
In an effort to use adolescents' enthusiasm about blogging to design more effective writing experiences, Read analyzed its appeal and found that blogging satisfied two of Maslow's "hierarchy of needs": relatedness needs and growth needs. By studying the blogs of 6 adolescents, Read also discovered that the process of writing in blogs helps…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Adolescents, Student Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication