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Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

Making a Difference through Student Advocacy

The students needed me to make a difference, and they couldn’t wait another year for me to figure it out. The disciplinary referrals were piling up in the manila folder on my desk. Their pink, yellow and white...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Directions for Literacy Leaders to Support Underachieving Middle Level Students’ Reading Achievement

Research Summary

The purpose of this research summary revolves around the collection of empirical work published within the last decade that focuses on middle level students most in need of support for their reading achievement....
Author: Mary F. Roe, Maria Goff
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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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Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

There's no getting around it—we teach who we are. By our presence in a classroom, it is inevitable that students learn about us. We teach who we are, so who we are matters. Who we are becomes evident through...
Author: Sara Davis Powell
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Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Awareness and Strategies for Teachers

On January 2 1997, 14-year old Robbie Kirkland committed suicide after a four-year struggle to accept and find peace with his homosexuality. Robbie’s family loved, accepted, and supported him, but that...
Author: Norma J. Bailey
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Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Value of Talk at the Middle Level

Why is talk important for learning? It helps us articulate what we know and believe and gives us the chance to try out different ideas to see if they have credibility under scrutiny from others. If we can learn to...
Author: Susan Edwards
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Topics: Teaching

Curriculum Brokering: Integrating Authentic Visual Arts

Early in my career as a middle school art teacher, it didn't occur to me that I was not part of an integrated team. I was busy enough teaching my 50-minute art classes, working with students during exploratories (the...
Author: Jacqueline McDowell
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Topics: Teaching

I Am Not a Role Model—I'm So Much More

I am not a role model. In today's classroom, I am much, much more than that. I'm only 23 years old, but when I stepped into my first classroom to observe, I suddenly became 32. Why? The answer is really quite simple....
Author: Adam Reeves
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Topics: Teaching

Student Voice

A secret ingredient in improving student engagement and building a community of learners

Those of us in middle level education know the basics of adolescent psychology. Teens are naturally rebellious. Their state of mind isn’t in a "state" at all; they are out-of-sync, their bodies out of control....
Author: Elyse S. Scott
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Topics: Teaching
Polishing Our Sea Glass

Polishing Our Sea Glass

Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing.

When I was a young adolescent, my parents took me and my two sisters, Sally and Betsy, to the shores of Lake Erie. While certainly not a breathtaking ocean with crystal clear waters, Lake Erie was beautiful...
Author: Tom Burton
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