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What's Best for Kids? Tips for Parents

The first tip is thinking ahead... One of our best tools as parents is being prepared. As your son or daughter gets to the middle school years, get ready for at least occasional conflicts. Think through what is truly...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Parent Perceptions and Recommendations about Homework Involving Wikis and Blogs

Middle grades parents share their views of online homework assignments.

Homework is an important way for teachers to develop relationships with their students' parents and other caregivers. The learning activities teachers assign for homework provide parents a window into the content and...
Author: Christine A. Portier, Shelley Stagg Peterson, Zelia Capitao-Tavares, & Kamla Rambaran
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Evolution of a Teacher's Problem Solving Instruction: A Case Study of Aligning Teaching Practice with Reform in Middle School Mathematics

Problem solving continues to be a major focus of K-12 mathematics education reform. This case study shows how a teacher's middle school mathematics instruction evolved from teaching problem solving as computation...
Author: Anthony Rickard
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Struggling Readers and Content Area Text: Interactions with and Perceptions of Comprehension, Self, and Success

This year-long case study examines how a struggling reader in a sixth-grade social studies class, a seventh grade mathematics class, and an eighth grade science class "transacted" with the reading task demands of her...
Author: Leigh A. Hall
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Why Kids Need To Be Bored: A Case Study of Self-Reflection and Academic Performance

This case study involved three middle school students in an assessment of the influence of self-reflection on general academic performance. It was hypothesized that increased self-reflection would have a positive...
Author: James D. Williams
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Self-Esteem Changes in the Middle School Years: A Study of Ethnic and Gender Groups

The current study investigated how ethnicity and gender affect changes in the self-esteem of early adolescents during the middle school years. Self-report data were collected from more than 4,000 early adolescents...
Author: Sue K. Adams, Jennifer Kuhn, & Jean Rhodes
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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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Effects of Interdisciplinary Teaching Team Configuration upon the Social Bonding of Middle School Students

This study compared two configurations of sixth-grade students and core teachers to measure the students' perceived levels of social bonding with their peers, their school, and their teachers. One configuration...
Author: John J. Wallace
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Improving Classroom Instruction: Understanding the Developmental Nature of Analyzing Primary Sources

Authentic and constructive learning experiences that include analysis of primary source documents are necessary elements of effective social studies teaching (Bailyn, 1994; Leinhardt, Stainton, & Virji, 1994;...
Author: Karen M. Dutt-Doner, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Susan Allen
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Key Characteristics of Middle School Performance

This research project examined student performance in middle schools with a grade configuration of six through eight. Schools were categorized into two groups: high-performing middle schools—middle schools...
Author: Ronald A. Styron, Jr., Terri R. Nyman
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