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Ward, Cheryl James – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Programs to help middle school students deal with racism and hate have been in place for some years, yet almost monthly we hear of students committing suicide or killing other students due to issues of isolation or harassment. Within the confines of a safe classroom, doctoral students in Educational Leadership addressed issues of stereotypes and…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Language Proficiency, School Culture, Stereotypes
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Berg, Margaret – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article argues that teachers in the twenty-first century need to incorporate queer theory into their teaching practice and their discussions about individual differences in order to advocate for those students most likely to be bullied in schools. It provides a brief background on queer theory, gives an introduction to central ideas of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Individual Differences, Homosexuality, Social Justice
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Tarrant, Cindy; Godwin, Kathryn; Daniel, Stacey; Bolton, Dawn – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In a perfect world, diversity would abound in people's daily lives, promoting friendships across racial, ethnic, and religious lines. When that is not possible and students learn in a more segregated setting, wikis provide a tool to reach beyond the school walls, find a diverse audience, and create meaningful discourse. This article narrates an…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Cooperation, Jews, Empathy
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Bintz, William P.; Moran, Petra Pienkosky; Berndt, Rochelle; Ritz, Elizabeth; Skilton, Julie A.; Bircher, Lisa S. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Today, increasing numbers of teachers at all grade levels are recognizing that inference is a powerful way of thinking and an important 21st century skill for all students to use and develop across the curriculum. Increasing numbers of teachers are also recognizing that developing and implementing integrative curriculum is important at all grade…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inferences, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
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Gabriel, Rachael; Allington, Richard; Billen, Monica – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Can students read difficult but self-selected texts--and if so, how? In this article we describe what we learned about middle school students' use of background knowledge and specific vocabulary from interviews and surveys in our longitudinal study of magazine reading habits. Then we discuss the implications of these findings for structuring…
Descriptors: Literacy, Periodicals, Reading Habits, Independent Reading
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Ranck-Buhr, Wendy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
As both a teacher and a parent, Ranck-Buhr knows a little something about working with students and keeping them engaged in the reading and writing processes... even recalling a son who was a reluctant book-report writer until he was offered some choice of reading material. She suggests practical ways to implement two vital elements in the…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Writing Processes, Reading Motivation, Reading
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Lacina, Jan; Block, Cathy Collins – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many recent publications describe writing as the neglected "r"; however, there is very little data on what writing instruction looks like in schools, especially in grades 4-6. The purpose of this article is to describe large urban school district literacy leaders' views on the state of writing instruction within their districts--and their…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Grade 4, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Costello, Adrienne – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Young adolescents are immersed in 21st century literacies in their daily lives, and they bring into schools a level of appreciation and expertise that often goes untapped. This article presents an eighth-grade English classroom's experience with digital video composing and informal classroom drama as multimodal literacy practices. Students in this…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Drama, Teaching Methods, Adolescents
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Ivey, Gay – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Based on her experiences with the transformation of 8th-grade reading in one school, Ivey advocates for a substantial shift in what students read in English class and what is available to them in school. Middle school classrooms are in dire need of a book makeover, and this should be the first order of business when considering what to do for…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Intervention, Reading Interests, Books
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Meyer, Richard – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The first part of this article is a discussion of the present contexts in which middle level teachers, students, and researchers learn and teach; it's a rather dismal portrait constrained by legislation and policies. The second part, in which hope begins to present itself, introduces readers to some middle level students, their teacher, and a…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Researchers, Progressive Education, Adolescents
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Shanklin understands the value of civil, public discourse in a democratic society and the need to impart that to our students. She tells us that "when students enter a community where their use of growing literacy abilities is both respected and expected, they are more likely to use what they do know, and even to push themselves further, to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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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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Groenke, Susan; Maples, Joellen; Henderson, Jill – Voices from the Middle, 2010
While young adult literature increases adolescents' motivation to read, and adolescents choose to read young adult novels over more canonical works when given opportunities to choose, the authors present yet another reason for teaching young adult literature in the middle school classroom: it provides a medium through which adolescents and their…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Adolescents, Novels
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Hayes, Sandy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
When the National Gallery of Writing opens to the public on October 20, Hayes is hoping to hear from every profession, every socioeconomic group, every race, and ... your students. Hayes offers ideas for the many forms that writing might take, as well as a list of resources to help make writing for the gallery a unique experience for each writer.
Descriptors: Students, Adolescents, Editing, Multimedia Materials
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Kittle, Penny – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Andrew is among the forgotten, the written-off, the hopeless...at least to many of the adults in his life--police, teachers, even family. But when you see that glimmer, that potential, you can't turn your back. Andrew stands as a person, but also a metaphor for believing that each student has a chance to succeed.
Descriptors: At Risk Students, High School Students, Adolescents, Delinquency
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