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Pumpian, Ian – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Tolerance must be conceptualized based on the diversity that exists in our world, our communities, and our schools. The author posits that dealing with diversity is a 21st-century skill set and that tolerance of difference is a rudimentary element of that set. The diversity of experiences and situations that confront middle school students and…
Descriptors: Empathy, Student Diversity, Middle School Students, Models
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Pytash, Kristine E.; Morgan, Denise N.; Batchelor, Katherine E. – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article summarizes preservice teachers' experiences in a book club that read young adult literature focused on issues related to bullying. Preservice teachers learned to recognize various incidents of bullying in the books. They also began to consider how they might handle incidents of bullying in their future classrooms. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Students
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Cordi, Kevin; Masturzo, Kimberly – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Determined to shift the balance by providing a venue for students' voices, Cordi and Masturzo reclaimed and remade a Web space to address bullying using digital storytelling (Ohler, 2009). Using "Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories", they guided their undergraduate students on a valuable journey of self-exploration, reflection, and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Video Technology, Reflection
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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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Khasnabis, Debi; Upton, Kevin – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Advances in technology have aggravated the generations-old problem of bullying in schools. In this article, the authors attend to the impact of social media on bullying and advocate an approach to teaching anti-bullying that incorporates a project-based learning approach for young adolescents. Process drama as a model of learning and the use of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Intervention, Teaching Methods, Bullying
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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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Hill, Dara – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article informs us about the need for facilitating code-switching pedagogies that call for teacher-led scaffolding of students' home languages to negotiate informal and formal contexts for writing and speaking. Varied strategies are guided by three mentor texts the author has conceptualized or enacted in practice and research among middle…
Descriptors: Mentors, Code Switching (Language), Instruction, Middle School Students
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Larson, Lisa; Dixon, Temoca; Townsend, Dianna – Voices from the Middle, 2013
The purpose for this action research study was to answer the question: "How can we enhance students' active engagement with academic vocabulary in social studies classes?" In this article, the authors share the strategies they developed through their research that proved most effective in engaging middle school students with active academic…
Descriptors: Action Research, Social Studies, Vocabulary Development, Classroom Techniques
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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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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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Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The authors examined the strength of literature circles in developing background knowledge--an acknowledged sticking point in the development of understanding for middle graders--with a special focus on the literature circle role of "investigator," where it is student initiative and not teacher direction that guides comprehension. Observing…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Davis, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In any content area, teachers have opportunities to help their students develop more robust vocabularies; however, many content area teachers "know relatively little about effective instructional practices for vocabulary development" (Fisher & Frey, 2008). This article offers content area teachers three examples of rich opportunities for word…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Middle School Students, Science Instruction
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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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Reissman, Rose Cherie – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article focuses on middle school students analyzing product labels. The labels were analyzed in terms of which facts they purported to impart and to what extent these so-called facts tallied with actual data and scientific/health analyses of the products. Students then reworded the labels to include only documented facts. They also shared the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Merchandise Information, Consumer Economics
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Perry, Tonya B. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
In today's middle school classroom, grouping is an essential learning tool that enhances students' ability to collaborate with others and deepen their own thinking. Implementing group work effectively, though, can be a challenge, especially since groups tend to end their work at "ragged" or staggered times. Creating "anchor activities"--respectful…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Cooperative Learning
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