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Fredricksen, James E. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Few would argue that teaching in community--sharing ideas, constructively critiquing, talking out decisions--expands our knowledge, our experience, and our sense of support. There are some important differences, however, between talking with our teaching colleagues and talking to other stakeholders. Fredricksen urges us to hold these discussions…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teaching (Occupation), Teachers, Interprofessional Relationship
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Teachers are busy. And sometimes that results in putting off valuable professional development. But the face of professional development is changing, as are our need for it and our options for getting it. Shanklin makes a case for PD starting early in any teaching career and suggests several outlets for ongoing, in-depth PD that can make a strong…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Professional Associations
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Hedrick, Wanda B. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
If reading teachers are letting struggling readers do minimal writing in reading classes, then this practice falls under iatrogenic teaching practices, i.e., practices based on good intentions that produce unintended negative consequences. The problem arises when reading teachers believe their students' writing should take place under the purview…
Descriptors: Reading Teachers, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
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Friese, Elizabeth E. G.; Nixon, Jenna – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Two educators and a classroom of fifth grade students integrated poetry writing into social studies curriculum focusing on World War II. Several strategies and approaches to writing poetry are highlighted including list poems, writing from photographs and artifacts, and two voice poems. The study culminated in a poetry reading and the creation of…
Descriptors: War, Anthologies, Grade 5, Poetry
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Glickman, Carl; Thompson, Katherine – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Educators are seeing a ray of hope as policymakers across political lines acknowledge that prescriptive education is not working and as educators find success in involving students actively in real work and meaningful goals within their communities. Glickman and Thompson define service-learning, offer successful examples from real classrooms, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Service Learning, Educational Policy, Middle School Students
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
"Now seems an opportune time to turn our attention back to the question of how our education system is going to contribute to helping our children become thoughtful, ethical, caring, and contributing democratic citizens." Wilhelm documents the fact that students "crave the doing of significant work," and posits that this is what we are teaching…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Service Learning, Citizen Role
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Kittle, Penny, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
As teachers, our most important mission is to turn our students into readers. It sounds so simple, but it's hard work, and we're all on a deadline. Kittle describes a class in which her own expectations that students would become readers combined with a few impassioned strategies succeeded ... at least with a young man named Alan.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Recreational Reading, Educational Strategies, Secondary School Students
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The benefits of service-learning are numerous, and some are hard to come by any other way. Service-learning projects help teachers and students come together in new ways, demonstrate how language skills can help accomplish real-life tasks, and engage students in a way that spurs them to learn more thoroughly and quickly. The lessons can last a…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Language Arts, Teacher Student Relationship, Learner Engagement
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Hayes, Sandy, Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
When the National Gallery of Writing opens to the public on October 20, Hayes is hoping to hear from every profession, every socioeconomic group, every race, and ... your students. Hayes offers ideas for the many forms that writing might take, as well as a list of resources to help make writing for the gallery a unique experience for each writer.
Descriptors: Students, Adolescents, Editing, Multimedia Materials
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Chant, Richard H. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
The role of content-area teachers in reading instruction has long been a subject of debate. Chant, a social studies teacher educator, reasons through the argument that content-area teachers should also be reading teachers while balancing that with the demands on content-area teachers and the complex training required to be a skilled reading…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Reading Teachers, Reading Instruction, Teacher Educators
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Lewison, Mitzi; Heffernan, Lee – Voices from the Middle, 2009
This study focuses on ways that sixth graders reacted to the question of book awards and awards in general, positioning themselves as reflective inquirers as they engaged in the regular sixth-grade beginning-of-the-year curriculum--reading books that have been nominated for the state book award. The authors focus on four dispositions of critical…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Awards, Grade 6, Middle Schools
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D., Ed. – Voices from the Middle, 2009
While developing critical literacy in our students is a priority for all of us, Wilhelm believes that we must develop a critical literacy of teaching, as well. He asserts that this can best be achieved by 1) teaching through an inquiry context, and 2) taking on a teacher-researcher stance to think both reflectively and reflexively about our…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Literary Criticism, Inquiry, Teachers
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Kittle, Penny – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Andrew is among the forgotten, the written-off, the hopeless...at least to many of the adults in his life--police, teachers, even family. But when you see that glimmer, that potential, you can't turn your back. Andrew stands as a person, but also a metaphor for believing that each student has a chance to succeed.
Descriptors: At Risk Students, High School Students, Adolescents, Delinquency
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Shanklin, Nancy – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Shanklin knows that as school populations become more culturally and linguistically diverse, perspectives such as critical literacy become of interest to students themselves and act as keys to their engagement. Critical literacy marks an exciting shift in thinking toward English/language arts, global education, English language learners, and ways…
Descriptors: Global Education, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Critical Reading
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White, John Wesley – Voices from the Middle, 2009
White acknowledges that critical literacy is central to literacy instruction today, but warns that asking those untrained in critical literacy to "teach" critical literacy could have undesirable consequences. He suggests three potentially undesirable outcomes and offers advice for preventing them.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Critical Reading, Outcomes of Education
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