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Schechter, Amy; Denmon, Jennifer M. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many teachers find it difficult to encourage their students to write in class, yet writing is becoming increasingly important in academic and workplace settings. Students are already writing through cell phone texting, gaming systems, and social networking sites every day, but these resources go largely untapped in many English language arts…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Content Area Writing, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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Gallo, Don – Voices from the Middle, 2010
From a 40-year perspective, Don Gallo examines the field of young adult literature, comparing it to ice cream--its various flavors and levels of richness. The article proclaims the profundity of the field and the quality of its writers, summarizes historical highlights, defends it against its detractors, and explains the importance of helping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Authors, Reading Material Selection
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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, 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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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Many teachers, especially novice teachers, believe that teaching vocabulary is among their easier duties, but Shanklin makes a convincing argument that high-quality vocabulary teaching requires thoughtful preparation. Here she offers several sound techniques for engaging students with vocabulary in meaningful ways.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Vocabulary Development, Secondary School Students, English (Second Language)
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Fu, Danling – Voices from the Middle, 2004
Fu highlights the large percentage of students in our classrooms for whom English is a second language and recommends strategies for helping them to adjust and to succeed in mainstream situations. Advice such as "Just teach from where they are," "Diversify instruction," and "Recognize that oral language development is essential," among others,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education