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Virtue, David C. – Middle Grades Review, 2023
The author contends the most prominent challenges and conditions facing middle level education now and in the near future point to three imperatives for the field: middle level education must be relevant, resilient, and robust. After conceptualizing the field of middle level education as an interdisciplinary, applied field of study concerned with…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Personal Narratives, Middle School Teachers, Relevance (Education)
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Ozturk, Burcu; Miller, Christina R.; McLeod, David A.; Dickerson, David – Middle Grades Review, 2023
Early adolescence is a time marked by upheaval and change. Youth are navigating increased social pressures from constant connection with peers. Youth have access to 24 hours of social connection via technology, but they increasingly report feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression (Keles et al., 2020). They are also entering a world with…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship
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Kristie Smith – Middle Grades Review, 2023
Middle level scholars and educators have begun to examine dominant narratives and conceptual traditions around middle level history and philosophy with careful attention to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) (Harrison et al., 2018). Across these critical shifts in focus for middle grades education, myriad questions have arisen about…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Environment, Social Justice, Inclusion
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Matt Moulton – Middle Grades Review, 2023
In middle grades education, advisory programs are structured, intentional, and supportive environments that assign 10 to 20 students to an adult advisor (most often a teacher) who serves as a mentor, advocate, and guide throughout their middle school years. Advisory programs promote community and personalized support in middle schools. In addition…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Advising, Middle Schools, Equal Education
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Gayle Andrews – Middle Grades Review, 2023
Fostering a sense of belonging is fundamental to recommended organizational structures in middle grades schools including interdisciplinary teams, advisory relationships, flexible instructional schedules, and heterogeneous grouping. Middle grades educators must ensure that organizational structures support a sense of belonging and also…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers, Equal Education, Organizational Culture
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Katherine M. Main; Dana Pomykal Franz; Kristina N. Falbe; Cheryl Ellerbrock – Middle Grades Review, 2023
In 2018 we published a chapter entitled "Middle Grades Schools and Structures" (Ellerbrock et al., 2018a) in "Literature Reviews in Support of the Middle Level Education Research Agenda" (Mertens et al., 2013). Building on the earlier work of Ellerbrock et al. (2018a), this chapter reviewed literature between 2000 and 2018 that…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Foreign Countries, Organizational Culture, Social Structure
Dave Brown – Middle Grades Review, 2023
As a reviewer of middle level schools, their programs, policies, curricula, mission statements, instructional behaviors, assessment processes, and student-oriented community the author offers observations that can promote better student equity. He suggests: (1) "Producing Equity Belief Statements." Mission, Equity, or Inclusion…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Culture, Organizational Culture, Social Structure
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Haslam, Rebecca E. – Middle Grades Review, 2022
Critical representation in literature and curricula requires an emancipatory agenda and examination of the ways in which people of diverse racial, cultural, linguistic, and other socially marginalized identities are portrayed, an assessment of how relevant, affirming, and accurate those representations are, and a consideration of the impact on a…
Descriptors: Students, Well Being, Group Membership, Critical Race Theory
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Caldarella, Paul; Moya, Malka S. – Middle Grades Review, 2022
Middle school is a time of adjustments in youth: physical, intellectual, and social changes often result in stress. Middle school students are vulnerable to academic, behavioral, and mental health problems. Yoga is an Indian discipline practiced for health and relaxation. School-based yoga programs are becoming increasingly common given their…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Metacognition, Physical Activities, Mental Health
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Chandler, Caleb; Wegrzyn, Kaitlin – Middle Grades Review, 2022
This paper draws on Bakhtin's (1981) notions of discourse and ideological becoming to investigate how adolescents' experiences with young adult literature and other texts might inform their thinking around issues of social justice. We engaged in a number of activities with the young adolescent participants: thought maps, illustrations of poignant…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Literature, Social Justice
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Daniels, Erika – Middle Grades Review, 2022
Middle school students are in even more need of social and emotional support due to the cognitive, social, and emotional changes occurring at this stage of their development (Caskey & Anfara, 2014), and their teachers are key players in providing what is needed. Unfortunately, there are few Institutions of Higher Education that offer programs…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Middle School Teachers, Student Needs
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Griendling, Lindsay M.; VanUitert, Victoria J.; McDonald, Sean D. – Middle Grades Review, 2022
Self-determination theory (SDT) posits that three basic psychological needs (i.e., autonomy, competence, and relatedness) must be fulfilled to promote positive outcomes among individuals participating in social environments. Teachers can provide supports to fulfill these needs within classroom environments to help them become autonomously…
Descriptors: Psychological Needs, Distance Education, Self Determination, Personal Autonomy
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Cambra-Faraci, Veronica – Middle Grades Review, 2022
This autoethnographic study represents a reflection of my experiences as a parent of middle school children, doctoral student, and mathematics high school teacher through the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Navigating all three identities simultaneously presented many challenges, including fear, isolation, and exhaustion; however, it also…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Identification (Psychology), Parents
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Rogers, Leslie; Hyson, Dan – Middle Grades Review, 2022
Teachers are masters of content and of creating connections (e.g., students-content, students-students, teacher-students, teacher-parents). Both impact one's ability to create and sustain brave and productive learning environments. Teachers connect students to the content, and to each other. At the top of the list of important connections are…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship
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Edosomwan, Kristian; Young, Jamaal; Young, Jemimah; Tholen, Alana – Middle Grades Review, 2022
High school calculus has become indispensable for students seeking a college degree in a STEM field. However, in the present study, we argue that the mathematics opportunities that students seize (when afforded) in middle grades are the key to earning calculus credit in high school. To take calculus in high school, students usually need to take…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus
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