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Cordi, Kevin; Masturzo, Kimberly – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Determined to shift the balance by providing a venue for students' voices, Cordi and Masturzo reclaimed and remade a Web space to address bullying using digital storytelling (Ohler, 2009). Using "Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories", they guided their undergraduate students on a valuable journey of self-exploration, reflection, and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Video Technology, Reflection
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Gutzmer, Cara; Wilder, Phillip – Voices from the Middle, 2012
If we listen to them, the words of our students can provide a road map for instructional responses that meet their diverse literacy needs. In this article, Cara Gutzmer, a middle school literacy coach, and Phil Wilder, a teacher collaborator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discuss how a responsive teaching framework guided their…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Writing Processes, Poetry, Writing Improvement
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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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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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Meixner, Emily S. – Voices from the Middle, 2006
This professor of preservice teachers challenges her students to expand their understanding of "culture" beyond racially specific contexts and into the many roles people play within the communities to which they belong. To provide her students with support as they work to teach literature in ways that are relational as well as context-specific,…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Community Education
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this essay, the author explains not only how she came to write her classic text "Literature as Exploration," but she also describes the path of her own professional journey. A conviction about the difference between "literary" and other reading led to her writing "Literature as Exploration" in the first place. In this book, she argued that…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Liberal Arts, English Instruction, Literature
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Rosenblatt, Louise M. – Voices from the Middle, 2005
This article contains excerpts from the author's two seminal texts: "Literature as Exploration (New York: MLA, 1938) and "The Reader, the Text, the Poem" (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1978). In "Literature as Exploration," the author first presented her transactional theory of reading as she explored the personal, social,…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Literature, Educational Philosophy
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O'Flahavan, John; Wallis, Judy – Voices from the Middle, 2005
In this article, the authors discuss how Louise Rosenblatt's work influenced many teachers' teaching and learning practices. Rosenblatt was known for helping readers find their rightful place in the act of reading. Louise argued in the 1930s (and steadfastly maintained until her recent death) that the act of reading was a dynamic transaction…
Descriptors: Democracy, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Context Effect
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Bednar, Maryanne R. – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Sifting through the myriad "idea" technologies (such as multiple intelligence theories or Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development) and "product" technologies (such as PowerPoint or digital cameras) can be overwhelming, but Bednar persuades us that it's not about having the most recent technology, it's about using what works for "your" students in…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Instructional Materials, Instructional Effectiveness, Cognitive Development
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Page, Michelle L. – Voices from the Middle, 2004
It's not enough to present students with multicultural literature. The potential impact of such literature stems from honest and deep discussion, and that can only take place in a room where respectful, trusting relationships have been built. The author offers principles and strategies for establishing those relationships, nurturing those…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, English, Language Arts, Classroom Environment