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Anderson, Jeff – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Editing is a powerful tool for writers, but are our methods of teaching it really demonstrating that power for young adolescents? The author, frustrated with students' inability to edit, blames his own approach and, beginning with a grocery store epiphany, works to develop a more effective system. Elements of his successful approach include time…
Descriptors: Editing, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
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Hynds, Susan – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Declaring that "public education is at a crossroads where the future of our world could not be more precariously poised," the author addresses the challenges facing middle school teachers, such as the narrowing of curriculum due to high-stakes assessments. She argues that students should not leave middle school without the "interpretive skills"…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Interpretive Skills, Public Education
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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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Minnick, J. Bradley; Mergil, Fernando – Voices from the Middle, 2008
This article expands upon Jeffrey Wilhelm's and Brian Edmiston's (1998) concept of a doubling of viewpoints by encouraging middle level students to use dramatization to take on multiple perspectives, to pose interpretive questions, and to enhance critical inquiry from inside and outside of texts. The doubling moment is both the activation of…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Poetry, Middle School Students, Drama
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Carter, Stephanie Power; Damico, James S.; Kumasi-Johnson, Kafi – Voices from the Middle, 2008
This article explores our work with African American youth in an after-school community literacy program. We examine how a group of these students used a set of Internet-based technology tools to evaluate whether or not a group of colleges would affirm their cultural identity and help them succeed. What we learned from the students has caused us…
Descriptors: African American Students, Literacy, Youth, After School Programs
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Wilhelm, Jeff, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
With a staggering number of students dropping out of school, widespread below-grade reading proficiency, and PISA results showing a demoralizing lag internationally in math, science, and general problem solving, teachers need to exercise all the control available to them to engage students in meaningful learning. Wilhelm suggests six steps…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Literacy Education, Problem Solving, Educational Improvement
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Kittle, Penny, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Understanding the reality of students who aren't engaged in literacy, Kittle proposes nothing less than revolution. She asks you to evaluate whether your students read enough, write enough, and rewrite enough, then challenges: If not, what would you have to change to make that happen? She shares examples from her classroom, and leaves us with a…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Student Motivation
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Ford, Kim, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Friendship lies at the very heart of the middle school experience. Here are books to help students navigate those waters, recognize what (and who) has value, and determine what kind of friend they want to be.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Friendship, Adolescent Literature, Reading Material Selection
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Hayes, Sandy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
With the misleading descriptor of "toy for generating word clouds," Wordle can be a powerful classroom tool, says Hayes. She outlines how its use for reading skills (predicting, summarizing, and comparing) and writing skills (prewriting, revising, generating poetry, expanding multimodal literacies) can engage students and develop creative and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Writing Skills, Reading Skills, Poetry
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Hall, Katrina Willard – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Certainly a major bump in the literacy road today is the apparent conflict between school literacies and the preferred literacy activities of students outside of school. After family conversation about a nephew who was getting poor grades in language arts, Hall shares her thinking on the dilemmas of what constitutes literacy, how literacies kids…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Adolescent Literature, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Wilde, Sandra – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Teachers are so often caught in between the proverbial rock and hard place when it comes to spelling. Parents, administrators, and test-scorers all want to see accurate spelling, but no one wants you to spend much time on it. And you shouldn't. Wilde offers here a treasure chest of specific lessons to use with whole classes or individual weaker…
Descriptors: Spelling, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods
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Henkin, Roxanne; Harmon, Janis; Pate, Elizabeth; Moorman, Honor – Voices from the Middle, 2008
In this article, the coeditors of "Voices from the Middle" present an interview with James Maguire, author of "The American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds." During the interview, Maguire talked about his experiences with the National Spelling Bee to provide some insight to middle-level teachers and students. Maguire…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Spelling, Interviews, Middle School Students
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Meyer, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2008
The stereotypical view of English spelling as an awesome mess is no longer widely held by linguists. That view assumes that spelling should represent pronunciation directly and simply. Instead, spelling is currently understood as representing a more abstract level of language as well as reflecting etymology. Examples from a middle school spelling…
Descriptors: English, Spelling, Vowels, Etymology
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Gainer, Jesse – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Gainer talks about the importance of connecting students' background knowledge, experiences, and interests to curricular goals. He highlights the voice of DeAndre, an eighth-grade boy in special education classes, whose participation in an after-school club led to the creation of a video. According to Gainer, "[W]hen given the opportunity to…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Literacy Education, Videotape Recordings, Relevance (Education)
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Hill, K. Dara – Voices from the Middle, 2008
This study examines unintended consequences during a 6th-grade book club discussion of Bette Bao Lord's (1984) In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. The participants modeled a book club discussion, otherwise known as the fish bowl, for a newly enrolled student. Unintended consequences occurred within the realm of deviating from the rules of…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Clubs, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 6
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