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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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Hagood, Margaret C. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
New literacies are affecting the ways that we choose to spend our time in teaching and learning. In this article, Hagood describes the work of nine middle grades teachers' explorations of new literacies, including digital technologies and pop culture, and their implementations in their content area instruction. She also highlights some of the…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Content Area Reading, Risk, Rewards
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Schechter, Amy; Denmon, Jennifer M. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Many teachers find it difficult to encourage their students to write in class, yet writing is becoming increasingly important in academic and workplace settings. Students are already writing through cell phone texting, gaming systems, and social networking sites every day, but these resources go largely untapped in many English language arts…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Content Area Writing, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques
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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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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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Gutzmer, Cara; Wilder, Phillip – Voices from the Middle, 2012
If we listen to them, the words of our students can provide a road map for instructional responses that meet their diverse literacy needs. In this article, Cara Gutzmer, a middle school literacy coach, and Phil Wilder, a teacher collaborator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discuss how a responsive teaching framework guided their…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Writing Processes, Poetry, Writing Improvement
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
According to Wilhelm, a teacher's power lies in learning to work "with" students, starting with listening. He recommends setting up conditions and mechanisms that help you learn from your students what they are learning, what challenges they are facing, and how best to teach them. Through inquiry, the classroom can become a vital and engaging…
Descriptors: Literary Styles, Listening Skills, Teacher Student Relationship, Cooperation
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Blady, Shannon – Voices from the Middle, 2011
A learning community includes all of the people who want to ensure that students are successful: (1) the teachers and their colleagues and administrators; (2) the parents; and (3) the students. Through sharing curriculum requirements and responsibilities for teaching, students in the author's class learned in-depth content knowledge, respect for…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Evaluation, Teachers, Students
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Gilles, Carol – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Research supports what many teachers have long known: talk is a valuable tool for learning. But how can we incorporate talk and still keep students on task, thinking collectively and deeply? Gillis offers a solid theoretical foundation for incorporating talk throughout the curriculum, and then provides practical help for implementing it, with…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The benefits of service-learning are numerous, and some are hard to come by any other way. Service-learning projects help teachers and students come together in new ways, demonstrate how language skills can help accomplish real-life tasks, and engage students in a way that spurs them to learn more thoroughly and quickly. The lessons can last a…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Language Arts, Teacher Student Relationship, Learner Engagement
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
While developing critical literacy in our students is a priority for all of us, Wilhelm believes that we must develop a critical literacy of teaching, as well. He asserts that this can best be achieved by 1) teaching through an inquiry context, and 2) taking on a teacher-researcher stance to think both reflectively and reflexively about our…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Literary Criticism, Inquiry, Teachers
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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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Radcliffe, Barbara – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Radcliffe describes how one middle school teacher works with her struggling eighth-grade readers to break the cycle of failure and begin new literacy lives. Five principles guided her over-age middle school students toward success after years of failure: accepting the challenge, building strong teacher-student relationships, creating literacy-rich…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Literacy, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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Probst, Robert – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Examines ideas about the literate and the illiterate, the tutored and the untutored in the poem "Answer," by Mary Oliver. Suggests that if educators want students to read carefully and analyze conscientiously, then the works they study have to matter to them. Discusses universal literacies, literacy in school and out, classroom discourse and real…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Literacy, Middle Schools, Poetry
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Ford, Kim – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Presents annotations of 12 novels for young adults. Encourages teachers to give their students books to read because it often makes a difference. (SG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection
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