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Gainer, Jesse – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Gainer talks about the importance of connecting students' background knowledge, experiences, and interests to curricular goals. He highlights the voice of DeAndre, an eighth-grade boy in special education classes, whose participation in an after-school club led to the creation of a video. According to Gainer, "[W]hen given the opportunity to…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Literacy Education, Videotape Recordings, Relevance (Education)
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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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Lacina, Jan; Newman, Tara – Voices from the Middle, 2005
East Texas, home to a large English language learner (ELL) population, is the setting for a successful program that offers students support for both language development and subject-matter learning. In this article, the authors examine why East Texas is so successful in closing the achievement gap of its minority students. The authors also…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods