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Writing in Middle Grades Mathematics

Research Summary

Current educational reform calls for middle grades students who have the foundational skills to be "high school" ready (Williams, Rosin & Kirst, 2011). The Common Core State Standards Initiative (2010) echoes this...
Author: Amélie Schinck-Mikel, David K. Pugalee
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An Experiment in Flipping

An Experiment in Flipping

Lack of time for hands-on learning prompted a classroom flip.

Class time was just too limited. Research suggests that teachers should systematically and explicitly teach students to craft essays, yet I struggled with finding the time to do it all: teach my students the skills...
Author: Pooja Patel
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Topics: Teaching
Reconciling Common Core State Standards

Reconciling Common Core State Standards

The balanced literacy model helps all students achieve in the face of the Common Core demands.

Common Core State Standards advocates contend that the standards provide consistent, clear targets of what students should learn. The standards, they say, are robust and relevant to the real world, with the ultimate...
Author: Darlene Schoenly
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Bending Over Backward

Bending Over Backward

Teaching about Idioms

Have you ever told a student she "dropped the ball" on an assignment? Do you encourage your students by telling them to "reach for the stars" or "go for the gold"? Your native English-speaking students likely...
Author: Melanie W. Greene
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Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum

Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.

Daniel (a pseudonym) had benefitted greatly from the idea that students can creatively represent their ideas in a content area in ways other than traditional spoken and written responses. He was a preservice...

Students as Experts: Supporting Writing Instruction

It was March; the snow had melted early, and it was trying to rain. Smoke-gray fog and cold pattering wetness defined the day. Or maybe we choose to remember it that way. Regardless, it was the day our approach to...
Author: Cory McMillen and Kara Boyer
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Using Writing to Improve Math Learning

"Writing in mathematics gives me a window into my students' thoughts that I don't normally get when they just compute problems. It shows me their roadblocks, and it also gives me, as a teacher, a roadmap," says Maggie...
Author: Vicki Urquhart
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Integrated Reading and Language Arts Instruction

The goal of the middle school organization is to create a learning environment that matches the developmental abilities and needs of young adolescents. This research attempts to operationalize that goal by integrating...
Author: Robert J. Stevens
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Writing to Learn: Using Poetry in Two Voices

In his 1985 book Joyful Noises, Paul Fleischman compared the life of a queen bee and a worker bee, and poetry in two voices was born. Many teachers since then have taught students to read and write poems in two...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A unit of study can provide a framework that fosters student engagement with writing tasks.

Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook. At the center of students' non-academic writing are their day-to-day thoughts, stories, and...
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