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Elliott-Johns, Susan E.; Booth, David; Rowsell, Jennifer; Puig, Enrique; Paterson, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2012
A collaborative team of five international teacher educators/researchers examine the importance of student voice for authentic discourse and instructional design in contemporary classrooms. Excerpts from their perspectives on teaching, research, and innovative programs are woven together and include suggested Actions/Reflections for the reader.…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Instructional Design, Teacher Educators, Researchers
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Leland, Chris; Ociepka, Anne; Kuonen, Kate – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As adolescents spend more and more time engaging in various on line activities, teachers are questioning the role that language arts curricula might play in helping them become savvy technology users. In this study, an eighth-grade teacher responded to her students' unauthorized participation on MySpace[TM] by initiating an inquiry into social…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Literacy Education, Social Networks, Early Adolescents
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Teng, Allen – Voices from the Middle, 2012
A middle school language arts teacher reflects on his experience in utilizing a school-housed online social network to create avenues for authentic audience, purpose, and response to student writing. With many technology proponents advocating a 21st century education, the fact that interacting with the Web 2.0 environment is essentially a reading…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Writing Exercises, Writing Teachers, Educational Technology
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Brock, Cynthia H.; Boyd, Fenice B. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article takes us inside two urban middle school classrooms where the majority of students speak African American English. In addition to exploring the nature of literacy instruction inside Mrs. Baird's and Ms. Lawson's classrooms, we examine both teachers' underlying beliefs with respect to language, literacy, and learning. This inquiry…
Descriptors: Literacy, North American English, Teaching Methods, Beliefs
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Roser, Nancy; Martinez, Miriam; Fowler-Amato, Michelle – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This piece explores the instructional possibilities of picturebooks in middle grade classrooms, illustrating the central tenets of how to effectively introduce these resources to middle grade students. Through today's multiplicity of illustrated texts, students can discover the finest uses of language, as well as encounter images that inform,…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Picture Books, Middle School Students, Language Usage
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Wilson, Melissa B.; Blady, Shannon; Kumar, Tracey; Moorman, Honor; Prior, Lori; Willson, Angeli – Voices from the Middle, 2011
As educators who have been strongly influenced by this journal, the authors decided to do a content analysis of the "voices" from "Voices from the Middle," from its inception to today. They listened closely to who is talking, what the authors are (and are not) discussing, the educational contexts of these conversations, and how the dialogue has…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Content Analysis, Literacy Education, Cooperation
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Shanklin, Nancy; Gaynor, Paige – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Pursuing student voice in your design of curriculum helps students take more ownership of their learning. Gaynor and Shanklin developed an open-ended survey to gather information about students' growing understandings of the purposes for reading and writing and to solicit feedback about the year's activities. The survey is presented here, along…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Reading Achievement, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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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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Trousdale, Ann; Bach, Jacqueline; Willis, Elizabeth – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This qualitative study of sixth graders in a language arts classroom explores how interpreting poems for choral reading deepened, enriched, and expanded their interpretations of poetry. Key factors in the process included students' sense of freedom to interpret poetry in multiple ways, listening to their own and others' voices speaking the lines…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Grade 6, Poetry, Small Group Instruction
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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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Sailors, Misty; Makalela, Leketi; Hoffman, James V. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Our lead article explores the impact the authors witnessed when they helped South African teachers create culturally relevant books written in their students' languages. Through participation in the Ithuba Writing Project, these teachers were able to relate transformative stories about their lives through books that they subsequently shared in the…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, African Languages
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Maltese, Denise; Naughter, Kate – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article explores collaboration between a rural school in upstate New York and an international school in Amman, Jordan. The authors describe how they provided their students with real audiences for their writing, and, over time, built an international community of writers. Classroom walls were blurred as the authors "team-taught"…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, International Cooperation
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Wall, Amanda; Edmunds, J. Spencer – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This paper explores the ways one school continues to enhance both literacy and service-learning through the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Over the course of their middle-school years, young adolescents at Canterbury School visit a range of sites in the community. They also explore service-learning at home and around the world by…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, School Visitation, Experiential Learning, Grade 7
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Fisher, Douglas; Fey, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The increased focus on reading strategies has had a number of unintended consequences, including the creation of strategy worksheets and isolated strategy instruction. We explore these unintended consequences and provide examples of how middle school teachers can engage students in authentic reading comprehension instruction that results in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Cramer, Susan; Cramer, Steven – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Online classes are a viable option in today's educational landscape, but are they right for your school and students? This article reviews the status of online education, 21st century skills, best practices in online education, and online classes as experienced by a middle school student and parent. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Middle Schools
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