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Wilhelm, Jeff, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This commentary explores how teachers can create a culture of tolerance by promoting reflectivity and reflexivity, and considers classroom processes and activities for doing so. "Reflectivity" is considered to be the use of personal values, experiences, and habits to make meaning and is a central tenet of inquiry approaches: to build…
Descriptors: Values, Conceptual Tempo, Reflective Teaching, Reflection
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This column provides an overview of the Common Core text exemplars and gives examples of ways teachers can group text exemplars and other trade books in ways that will support middle graders' understanding of complex texts. Building background by supplementing text exemplars with other titles is particularly emphasized. Suggestions for grouping…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Academic Standards, State Standards, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
The development of academic literacy requires students to think critically about multiple text types. Picturebooks can be rich and varied resources on which to base well-designed instruction that will facilitate thinking, discussions, connections, and problem solving in multiple content areas. From the Holocaust to ecology to grammar, picturebooks…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Teaching Methods
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Recognizing the importance of vocabulary for comprehension, Wilhelm asks two key questions: "which words do I teach and how should I teach them?" Through years of trial and error, Wilhelm has adopted these principles to answer "which words": teach "important" words students will see and use again; words necessary to conceptual understanding; words…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Vocabulary Development, Middle Schools
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Moss, Barbara, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In this column, the author reviews books and other resources that address issues related to teaching tolerance for those of other religions, races, gender orientations, and cultures. It reviews titles related to Jewish oppression, including Doreen Rappaport's (2012) "Beyond Courage, the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Jews, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Wilhelm asks, "But are new literacies just fun?" Then he immediately answers, "Absolutely not--if we as teachers provide the right context and conditions of their use." Offering research-based advice on incorporating technology to increase motivation and deepen learning, Wilhelm boils it down to this bottom line: it's engaged, substantive,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Reflection, Literacy
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McMahon, Susan I. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The authors adopt the stance that, even though strategy use should be taught to help learners monitor their comprehension, such instruction is not sufficient to insure transfer or ownership. Further, such instruction often emphasizes only literal recall, limiting students' understanding. Therefore, the author argues that teachers should consider…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Middle School Students, Recall (Psychology), Learning Strategies
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Henkin, Roxanne; Harmon, Janis; Pate, Elizabeth; Moorman, Honor – Voices from the Middle, 2008
In this article, the coeditors of "Voices from the Middle" present an interview with James Maguire, author of "The American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds." During the interview, Maguire talked about his experiences with the National Spelling Bee to provide some insight to middle-level teachers and students. Maguire…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Spelling, Interviews, Middle School Students
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Meyer, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The stereotypical view of English spelling as an awesome mess is no longer widely held by linguists. That view assumes that spelling should represent pronunciation directly and simply. Instead, spelling is currently understood as representing a more abstract level of language as well as reflecting etymology. Examples from a middle school spelling…
Descriptors: English, Spelling, Vowels, Etymology
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Harste, Jerome C.; Leland, Christine – Voices from the Middle, 2007
In this article, the authors present reasons why it is easy to get lost when it comes to teaching literacy. Instead of a "best practices" approach in which educators are advised to implement programs because they worked for others, the authors advocate a teacher-researcher paradigm that provides a set of social practices for outgrowing our current…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literacy, Inquiry, Teacher Researchers
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Reflection and revision are the result of knowledge, experience, and the willingness to risk; they are essential, says Wilhelm, to "play[ing] out the big possibilities" in "something as complex and intensely human as teaching." Even as a contributor to the national standards project, various literature anthologies, and reading and composition…
Descriptors: Anthologies, National Standards, Reader Text Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Recognizing the challenge of individualizing instruction, Wilhelm reminds us of some specific areas teachers must focus on: developing apprenticeship and inquiry settings in which student difference is a resource; connecting students to their reading and writing; honoring and using students' first languages; situating instruction in real or…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Multicultural Education, Teaching (Occupation), Individualized Instruction
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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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Bomer, Randy – Voices from the Middle, 2006
Bomer challenges the logic and effectiveness of current educational policy, noting that just as educational practice was becoming interdisciplinary and promoting holistic growth, philanthropic organizations pulled away from the effort with the expectation that government and other funding entities would pick up the responsibility. They didn't.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Literacy Education
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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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