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Hubbard, Janet – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When the author offered the option of writing an article for "Voices from the Middle" to her seventh- and eighth-grade language arts classes, some students were unwavering in their preference to stay on the steady, familiar ground of writing a letter to a peer about a book they had read and loved. Noah McCord, Tobin Feldman-Fitzthum, and…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Teacher Role, Grade 8, Grade 7
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Bell, Athene; Ewaida, Marriam; Lynch, Megan R.; Zenkov, Kristien – Voices from the Middle, 2011
This article reports on the findings of a photography and literacy project ("Through Students' Eyes") the authors conducted with middle level English language learners and alternative high school youth from a mid-Atlantic (US) ex-urban area. In order to bridge middle and high school settings, the authors used multimodal and photo…
Descriptors: High Schools, Urban Areas, Photography, Video Technology
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Rose, Suzanne M. – Voices from the Middle, 2011
When asked to discuss their middle school language arts classes, talented eighth graders identified concerns and made suggestions for their teachers. Students voiced desire for choices in selecting reading materials, writing topics and genre. They preferred having extended periods of time to engage in reading and writing activities, rather than…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Grade 8, Middle Schools, Middle School Students
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Labbo, Linda D.; Place, Karen – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article provides practical ideas for integrating technologies into the classroom in ways that honor students' out-of-school technology funds of knowledge. The challenges and unintended consequences of integrating technology into the classroom and the role that video gaming can play in helping students find agency and the ability to think…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Oldaker, Adam – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article describes the author's experience co-facilitating a project for which seventh-grade students designed and created original video games based on Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time". The author provides an overview of recent literature on video game implementation in the classroom and explains how the project was designed and…
Descriptors: Video Games, Middle School Students, Language Arts, Teaching Methods
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Stuart, Denise H. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
There is a need to integrate into classroom learning the out-of-school technologies that students interact with every day. We know that reader response approaches to the study of literature engage learners, and we also know that both students and teachers have mixed attitudes about the study of poetry. In this article, a response activity with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reader Response, Poetry, Teacher Attitudes
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Ranker, Jason – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This article presents the inquiry and literacy processes of two fifth-grade students as they created a digital video about African American history for a school project. During this process, the students gained experience in researching (both on the Web and in books) and writing, with the overall goal of creating a digital documentary video about…
Descriptors: African American History, Grade 5, Internet, Civil Rights
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Wilhelm is a vocal advocate for the substantive integration of technology into language arts classes in ways that support the "critical" use of technologies and the learning of new concepts and procedures for reading and composing. He makes the case that no one can be considered fully literate without a familiarity with and appreciation for our…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Technology Integration
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Shanklin knows it can be hard for new teachers to incorporate all they know about technology with the realities of a classroom. She suggests setting incremental, monthly technology goals; investing in equipment; assessing students' grasp of the technology at their disposal and their use of it in classroom projects; searching purposefully for…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Beginning Teachers, Internet, Computer Uses in Education
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Chiaravalloti, Laura A. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
There is a relationship between the structural supports teachers set in place to foster academic discourse in their classrooms and the quality of learning that is realized by their students. Research suggests that students who are given frequent and equitable opportunities for academic talk will be more likely to make academic gains. In this…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Academic Discourse, Group Discussion, Second Language Learning
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Johnson, Danielle – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Attempting discussions about social justice issues in a junior high classroom can be a daunting but critical task. Uncertainty about how to get conversations started, along with fear about where such talk might lead, can make the task easy to dismiss. In this paper, one teacher tells her story of inviting rich discussion about a variety of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Reading Improvement, Grade 9, Gender Bias
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Styslinger, Mary E.; Pollock, Timothy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This collaborative inquiry answers the following questions: 1) What is the nature of talk during Socratic Circles? 2) What is student response to talk? 3) How might knowing more about student response to talk and the nature of talk improve teaching during Socratic Circles? The article first describes the process of implementing Socratic Circles,…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Communication, Feedback (Response)
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Trousdale, Ann; Bach, Jacqueline; Willis, Elizabeth – Voices from the Middle, 2010
This qualitative study of sixth graders in a language arts classroom explores how interpreting poems for choral reading deepened, enriched, and expanded their interpretations of poetry. Key factors in the process included students' sense of freedom to interpret poetry in multiple ways, listening to their own and others' voices speaking the lines…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Grade 6, Poetry, Small Group Instruction
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Wilhelm offers us a definition of "third spaces" as "more democratic and dialogic spaces than a classroom, as well as a metaphor for a space in which new, hybrid, and challenging discourses and real-world knowledge and applications are created." With helpful background and examples, he urges us to create such spaces for our students, adamant that…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Dialogs (Language), Middle Schools, Learning
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2010
Shanklin understands the value of civil, public discourse in a democratic society and the need to impart that to our students. She tells us that "when students enter a community where their use of growing literacy abilities is both respected and expected, they are more likely to use what they do know, and even to push themselves further, to…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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