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Brock, Cynthia H.; Boyd, Fenice B. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article takes us inside two urban middle school classrooms where the majority of students speak African American English. In addition to exploring the nature of literacy instruction inside Mrs. Baird's and Ms. Lawson's classrooms, we examine both teachers' underlying beliefs with respect to language, literacy, and learning. This inquiry…
Descriptors: Literacy, North American English, Teaching Methods, Beliefs
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Parsons, Seth; Williams, Baxter; Burrowbridge, Sarah; Mauk, Gary – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The authors present adaptability as an important component of reading teacher effectiveness. They demonstrate recent conceptions of teacher effectiveness that value the complexity and unpredictability of classroom instruction. Using an example from a middle grades classroom, they illustrate how effective teachers adapt their instruction to enhance…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Reading Teachers, Media Adaptation, Literacy
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Roser, Nancy; Martinez, Miriam; Fowler-Amato, Michelle – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This piece explores the instructional possibilities of picturebooks in middle grade classrooms, illustrating the central tenets of how to effectively introduce these resources to middle grade students. Through today's multiplicity of illustrated texts, students can discover the finest uses of language, as well as encounter images that inform,…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Picture Books, Middle School Students, Language Usage
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Schaefer, Mary Beth – Voices from the Middle, 2011
One seventh-grade English language arts teacher engaged in teacher research in order to become a more understanding, responsive, and confident instructor. Systematic inquiry into her own practice revealed a conflict between what students perceived as their literacy needs and desires (discrete reading skills) with what she perceived to be important…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Language Arts, Reading Skills, Teacher Researchers
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Wilson, Melissa B.; Blady, Shannon; Kumar, Tracey; Moorman, Honor; Prior, Lori; Willson, Angeli – Voices from the Middle, 2011
As educators who have been strongly influenced by this journal, the authors decided to do a content analysis of the "voices" from "Voices from the Middle," from its inception to today. They listened closely to who is talking, what the authors are (and are not) discussing, the educational contexts of these conversations, and how the dialogue has…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Content Analysis, Literacy Education, Cooperation
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Johnston, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Middle Section member Johnston traces the history of the Middle Section, from the growing acknowledgment that middle level teachers had specific needs and concerns that had to be addressed to voting for the Section's establishment to presenting at the NCTE Annual Convention with a student who had once considered himself to be a non-reader. He…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Middle School Teachers, Reading Achievement, Reading Difficulties
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Meyer, Richard – Voices from the Middle, 2011
The first part of this article is a discussion of the present contexts in which middle level teachers, students, and researchers learn and teach; it's a rather dismal portrait constrained by legislation and policies. The second part, in which hope begins to present itself, introduces readers to some middle level students, their teacher, and a…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Researchers, Progressive Education, Adolescents
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Assaf, Lori Czop; Ash, Gwynne Ellen; Saunders, Jane – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In this article, the authors describe how Jenae, a seventh-grade English language arts teacher, modified I-Charts (Hoffman, 1992; Randall, 1996) and I-Search papers (Macrorie, 1988) to support the needs of her adolescent English Language Learners (ELLs). They highlight how she improved upon two timeless instructional practices by integrating…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Wickens, Corrine M.; Wedwick, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Looking backwards, discussions around sexual orientation and sexual identity have been noticeably absent at the middle grades. As a result, middle grade teachers may find it difficult to know how to effectively select age-appropriate materials that include LGBTQ issues and content. To move the field forward, the authors specifically highlight four…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Consciousness Raising, Educational Environment, Reading Material Selection
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Christensen, Linda – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Christensen discusses why teachers need to teach students "voice" in its social and political context, to show the intersection of voice and power, to encourage students to ask, "Whose voices get heard? Whose are marginalized?" As Christensen writes, "Once students begin to understand that Standard English is one language among many, we can help…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Language Role, English Instruction, Student Empowerment
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Rush-Levine, Christy L. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This is an introduction to a high school student's perspective on what the ideal language arts classroom should look like. It is based on a middle school language arts classroom structured around a Nancie Atwell style workshop model. The workshop model in the classroom was grounded in real life literacy experiences, allowed for choice in writing…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Arts, Workshops, Middle Schools
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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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Shanklin, Nancy; Gaynor, Paige – Voices from the Middle, 2011
Pursuing student voice in your design of curriculum helps students take more ownership of their learning. Gaynor and Shanklin developed an open-ended survey to gather information about students' growing understandings of the purposes for reading and writing and to solicit feedback about the year's activities. The survey is presented here, along…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Reading Achievement, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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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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Johnston, Jim – Voices from the Middle, 2011
In the summer of 2009, this author devised a Saturday program with an emphasis on writing for publication targeting three students as his nucleus. One of the students, Mariano, was the only one of the three to accept the invitation. This was a strong indication of his passion for writing. Thus, three weeks before school began, the author and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Reading Skills, Student Writing Models, Writing for Publication
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