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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: Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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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: Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, Middle School Teachers, Trauma
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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: Communicable Diseases, World Problems, Global Approach, Early Adolescents
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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, Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, Public Health
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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: Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, Distance Education, Teaching Methods
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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: Communicable Diseases, Disease Control, Middle School Teachers, Distance Education
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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, Communicable Diseases
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Alverson, Ryan; DiCicco, Mike; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris – Middle Grades Review, 2019
For more than 100 years, education communities have debated how best to educate the young adolescent. Proponents of both the junior high school model and the current middle school model have advocated for a specialized approach to educating adolescents that emphasizes the developmental needs of students. To accomplish this, various organizational…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Models, Middle School Teachers, Principals
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Godbey, Samantha; Gordon, Howard R. D. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
In this essay, we discuss issues related to the integration of career exploration in our nation's middle schools. We discuss the theoretical and empirical basis for career exploration at the middle school level and identify selected barriers to its effective implementation, namely with regards to career advising and parent involvement. We also…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Middle School Students, Barriers, Program Implementation
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Farley, Jennifer – Middle Grades Review, 2019
This paper presents a multi-case study of teacher candidates in a pre-service middle grades social studies methods course. The study aimed to understand how middle grades teacher candidates viewed their future as upstanders with agency in middle grades settings. The focus of the research was on heuristic representations that the teacher candidates…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Social Studies
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Huss, John A. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
An often-overlooked component of a middle school website is the necessity for that website to be accessible to those with disabilities, while following the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act. In support of the belief that support the belief that inclusive education and…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Compliance (Legal), Accessibility (for Disabled), Civil Rights Legislation
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Lewis, Rebecca K.; Sembiante, Sabrina F. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
In this essay, our purposes are to inspire particular avenues of future research addressing Transgender students, in middle school in particular, and to inform the professional development of teachers in support of these Transgender youth. In relation to the ways in which research can more authentically represent Transgender identity, we argue for…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, LGBTQ People, Sexual Identity, Advocacy
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