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Ranschaert, Rachel – Middle Grades Review, 2021
This paper forwards discourse analysis as a productive way to consider the ways in which the possibilities available for middle grades preservice teachers in justice-oriented teacher education programs are complicated by larger discourses relating to teacher neutrality and teacher education as a transformational narrative. To illustrate this,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Discourse Analysis, Social Justice
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Case, Anny F. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
In addition to the typical ups and downs of middle school (MS), many English language learners (ELLs) in the middle grades also grapple with learning English, straddling multiple cultures, and adapting to the realities of immigration. While school systems tend to focus on linguistic and academic development, MS ELLs exercise agency, creativity,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language)
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Cunningham, Emma; Jesson, Rebecca – Middle Grades Review, 2021
This qualitative study examined the interplay between home and school environments across the transition from Primary School (Year 8) to High School (Year 9) for 10 high-achieving Pasifika students and their families. Interview data from the students revealed the important role that their parents played in their education. Drawings completed by…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Middle School Students, High School Students, Pacific Islanders
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Baker, Abigail H.; Kassimer, Jennifer L. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
In this essay, we discuss how a Connected Learning (CL) approach to education can offer students and teachers a democratic framework to follow when designing instruction, especially with the recent shift to online and hybrid instruction due to the global pandemic. We present literature on the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to online…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Democracy, Electronic Learning, Instructional Design
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Moulton, Matthew J. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
In this essay, I use the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 to define homelessness and describe its prevalence in United States public schools. I present readers with statistics about student homelessness and situate Gorski's equity literacy within the progressive, equity-oriented foundations of the middle school…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Incidence, Public Schools
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Mukhopadhyay, Saurav; Al-Ararah, Rakez – Middle Grades Review, 2020
The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore how middle school science teachers enact the practice of using technology to support collaborative argumentation in their science classroom. This study employs qualitative case study and drew on data sources of interviews and observations. This study identifies two themes. Six teachers regard…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction
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Kesson, Kathleen – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Families who unschool, or home school (at least 2 million kids in the US) usually reach this decision after much deliberation, and after weighing innumerable factors: available time and energy, capacity, desire, and finances. Now, overnight there are hundreds of thousands of young people with no school to go to - compulsory unschooling. While some…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Student Interests
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Eisenbach, Brooke B.; Greathouse, Paula; Acquaviva, Caroline – Middle Grades Review, 2020
COVID-19 challenged teacher educators and teacher candidates in ways we could have never imagined. Colloquialisms regarding the move from educator preparation to practice shifted from common truths to dynamic considerations in light of the pandemic and transition to emergency remote teaching and learning. In this essay, we share our experiences…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Technology
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Crosby, Shantel D.; Howell, Penny B.; Thomas, Shelley – Middle Grades Review, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on education and the ways in which teachers engage their students. Given the individual and collective traumatic nature and impact of this global health crisis, we provide specific strategies for addressing the needs of young adolescents while teaching remotely. Specifically, we posit that…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Middle School Teachers, Trauma, Teaching Methods
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Yoon, Bogum – Middle Grades Review, 2020
The purpose of this essay is to offer middle grades educators with suggestions on promoting students' global perspectives by using the international pandemic as a main topic during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The outbreak of the coronavirus has affected individuals' lives and education around the world including the United States. This…
Descriptors: World Problems, Global Approach, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students
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Smith, Kristie W.; Falbe, Kristina N. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
When we envision the ideals of middle school, we so often think about the importance of physical setting. Physical setting helps to create a material space for so many of the tenets of the middle school mindset. For example, "A successful (middle) school for young adolescents is an inviting, supportive, and safe place -- a joyful community…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Disease Control, Public Health, Disease Incidence
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Schaefer, Mary Beth; Abrams, Sandra Schamroth; Kurpis, Molly; Abrams, Madeline; Abrams, Charlotte – Middle Grades Review, 2020
This child-parent research is a student-led inquiry into three adolescent girls' experiences of learning during the age of COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandate. In this collaborative autoethnography, a research team of five (three adolescent researchers--two of whom are sisters--and their respective mothers) met via videoconference to engage in five…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Distance Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Haverback, Heather Rogers – Middle Grades Review, 2020
During COVID-19, almost all schools have been transformed into something unlike what they were before. Teaching that was done in person is now done virtually, with little to no preparation. Middle level teachers may have been confident in how to teach their content in the classroom; however, this confidence may differ when teaching virtually.…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Middle School Teachers, Distance Education, Educational Technology
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Hodges, Tracey S.; Kerch, Cailin; Fowler, Melisa – Middle Grades Review, 2020
As COVID-19 has suddenly transformed the landscape of learning in the United States, teachers are doing what they do best: figuring out how to effectively respond to support their students on their own. However, by creating digital networks that include university-school-family partnerships, the reach of teachers and teacher educators can…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education, Middle School Students, Trauma
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Virtue, David C.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Main, Katherine M. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Middle level education as a field of study has expanded during the last 30 years to include a growing, international knowledge base. The primary purpose of this review essay is to highlight trends in the extent to which refereed scholarship in the field of middle level education has reflected international content and perspectives during the last…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Middle Schools, Educational History, Educational Research
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