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Shanklin, Nancy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2008
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a term we hear more often these days, and it applies largely to students who fall under the purview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Shanklin urges us to consider three questions: What students are we talking about? Whose responsibility are these students? What interventions might be helpful,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, At Risk Students, Intervention, Federal Legislation
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Harste, Jerome C.; Leland, Christine – Voices from the Middle, 2007
In this article, the authors present reasons why it is easy to get lost when it comes to teaching literacy. Instead of a "best practices" approach in which educators are advised to implement programs because they worked for others, the authors advocate a teacher-researcher paradigm that provides a set of social practices for outgrowing our current…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Literacy, Inquiry, Teacher Researchers
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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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Clausen-Grace, Nicki; Kelley, Michelle – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Clausen-Grace and Kelley believe that when it comes to independent reading, the question is not whether to use it, but rather how we can implement it to get the most benefit for our students. Here, they discuss the supporting research, defuse potential problems, identify characteristics of effective SSR programs, and outline their own action…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Action Research, Recreational Reading, Individualized Instruction
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Lain, Sheryl – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Students who engage in the writing process learn to write. Period. And yet many teachers, including Lain when she was a beginning teacher, don't know how to make the time for it, how to structure it, and how to evaluate it. Here, Lain offers us the help we need by focusing on the teaching tools for introducing students to this format, the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Poetry, Writing Workshops, Writing Processes
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Daniels, Erika – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The "Literacy Cafe," a celebration of genre study and student writing, offers students (and visitors!) a positive environment in which to engage in reading and discussion of writing without self-consciousness or fear of criticism. It works because students learn to recognize writing as a learning tool and a relevant, authentic skill in the real…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Middle School Students, Literary Genres, Writing Instruction
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Hayes, Sandy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Technology training usually suffers from a two-pronged problem. First, the demonstration content is so simple that when we use the new technology in our classrooms and something goes wrong (and it will), we abandon it, blaming the technology. Second, no one teaches us how to troubleshoot those inevitable glitches. Hayes offers some practical tips…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education
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Cuero, Kimberley K.; Dworin, Joel E. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
This article draws attention to the ever-increasing population of middle level students who come from bilingual education programs and find themselves in our classrooms still learning to use English for academic purposes without the benefit of ESL or primary language supports. Authors Cuero and Dworin advocate for curriculum and teaching that…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Recognizing the challenge of individualizing instruction, Wilhelm reminds us of some specific areas teachers must focus on: developing apprenticeship and inquiry settings in which student difference is a resource; connecting students to their reading and writing; honoring and using students' first languages; situating instruction in real or…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Multicultural Education, Teaching (Occupation), Individualized Instruction
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Allington, Richard L. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
School districts have come to think of intervention for struggling readers as something accomplished in a session outside the classroom, one period long, taught by someone other than that student's usual teacher. This often leaves struggling readers in a learning environment where no theory or empirical evidence would predict substantial learning.…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies
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McGinnis, Theresa – Voices from the Middle, 2007
McGinnis draws on the idea of engaged learning as critical and illustrates how school literacy practices do not provide urban Khmer youth (and by extension, other groups whose backgrounds are linguistically or socioculturally distinct) with deep levels of engagement in literacy activities. By looking at the types of writing experiences these youth…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Literacy, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
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Hedrick, Wanda, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
Fluency is another concept whose many definitions lead to widely differing practices. It is easy to understand that reading words on a page does not make a person fluent if they don't take away meaning from that reading. Hedrick asks that teachers and administrators examine policies that let speed and accuracy in reading substitute for meaning…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Fluency, Language Fluency, Reading Comprehension
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Shanklin, Nancy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
If student learning is to increase, coaching requires the development of a reciprocal relationship of trust between a teacher and a coach. To help relieve the potential for apprehension, Shanklin describes what happens in quality coaching sessions and specific steps teachers can take to work well with a literacy coach. (Contains 1 figure and 4…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Literacy Education, Classroom Observation Techniques, Tutors
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Fisher, Peter; Blachowicz, Camille – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The authors address the need to teach students to become more word aware by focusing on metasemantic awareness, alongside morphological and syntactic awareness, as a basis for developing metacognition about words. They extend the concept of a definition map to other forms of vocabulary learning and provide several helpful graphic organizers.…
Descriptors: Syntax, Semantics, Metacognition, Metalinguistics
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Hedrick, Wanda B. – Voices from the Middle, 2007
The behaviorist theory encourages educators to use rewards as teaching strategies. Extrinsic rewards eventually reduce intrinsic motivation, cheapen value and love of learning, give the wrong messages, and create an escalating no-win game. Three significant principles of motivation particularly important in fostering internal motivation for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Rewards, Motivation, Interpersonal Relationship
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