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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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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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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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Cowan, Kay; Sandefur, Sarah – Voices from the Middle, 2013
This article discusses an exemplary EL program grounded in research-based literacy strategies. World War II and the Holocaust served as the backdrop for a program that stressed vocabulary and concept development, and then connected that understanding to reading and writing. The "five streams" used to address literacy competencies included reading…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Self Efficacy, Literacy, Novels
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Rubinstein-Avila, Eliane – Voices from the Middle, 2013
Students who are reclassified from English Language Learners (ELLs) to Fluent English Proficient (FEPs) do not necessarily developed the complex linguistic competencies to succeed across content areas. Through vivid snapshots of two middle school lessons (Science and Reading), the author points out that content area teachers can (and should)…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Achievement Rating
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Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly; Smith, Kathy Horak – Voices from the Middle, 2013
In this article, the authors explore ways in which they have worked together in understanding the complexities of academic language within the science classroom and discuss strategies they have used to teach academic language to young adolescent English Language Learners (ELLs) within inquiry-based science lessons. They discuss strategies they use…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, English Language Learners
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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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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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Newman, Beatrice Mendez – Voices from the Middle, 2012
The funds of knowledge concept serves as scaffolding for encouraging students to draw on background experiences and home language to generate authentic writing. This article describes and illustrates several classroom strategies, including 1) using culturally relevant mentor texts; 2) applying Nancie Atwell's writing territories concept; 3)…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mentors, Writing Instruction, Educational Strategies
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Marzano, Robert J. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Marzano offers a brief review of research in vocabulary instruction, focusing on the concept of "tiers" to describe words used with different contexts and purposes. He then suggests teaching tools that may work to help specific student populations learn and retain those words across the K-12 curriculum.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Vocabulary, Elementary Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development
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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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Smith, Antony T.; Angotti, Robin L. – Voices from the Middle, 2012
Vocabulary presents a challenge to students in content area classes, making it difficult to understand new concepts and make connections to background knowledge. This article describes the 5 Cs, a tool developed to help content area teachers consider vocabulary as part of lesson planning. By selecting a set of key words for instruction, teachers…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Teacher Role, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods
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Batchelor, Katherine – Voices from the Middle, 2012
This article describes one middle school teacher's use of literature circles using heterogeneous grouping. It begins with a brief rationale for using literature circles in the language arts classroom. Next, it describes techniques to form literature circles. Then, it shares how to build and establish a supportive environment within each group. It…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Heterogeneous Grouping, Middle School Teachers, Cooperative Learning
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