May 2012 • Volume 43 • Number 5
This We Believe Principles in Practice
This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents outlines fundamental principles for effective middle level education. This issue of Middle School Journal includes articles that illustrate many these principles in practice. Articles discuss ways to engage students in meaningful learning and enhance the curriculum by integrating technology, layering multiple activities, and providing clear learning goals for students. One article emphasizes the need to provide students guidance and support as they consider postsecondary education and career options and argues that this goal can be integrated throughout the curriculum. Articles also emphasize the importance of relationships and connections: one describes the way educators and parents collaborated to connect a homebound student to his classmates through two-way, interactive video, and another article highlights a pen pal project that linked preservice middle level teachers to urban students. The issue concludes with a discussion of school organizational structures—common planning time, professional learning communities, and critical friends groups—that can enhance teachers' learning and professional growth.
Member Access articles are available for purchase.
A View from the Middle
David C. Virtue
Reconciling Developmental Responsiveness and Democratic Values
AMLE in Action
Information about what's going on at AMLE and with AMLE affiliates and members.
Educators Engage Digital Natives and Learn from Their Experiences with Technology
John M. Downes & Penny Bishop
Integrating technology engages students in their learning.
Clearly Communicating the Learning Objective Matters!
Deborah K. Reed
Clearly communicating lesson objectives supports student learning and positive behavior.
Video-Conferencing Technology Brings a Homebound Middle Grades Student to the Classroom
Robin Y. Beeman & Caleb J. Henderson
Educators and parents collaborate to connect a homebound student with his classmates using two-way video technology.
Layering Language and Novel Study Deepens Adolescent Learning
Jane M. Saunders
A teacher provides multiple pathways for students' literacy learning.
A Pen Pal Project Connects Preservice Teachers and Urban Youth
Lori G. Wilfong & Casey Oberhauser
Preservice teachers experience the rewards of working with urban youth through a pen pal project.
What Research Says
Micki M. Caskey & Jan Carpenter
Organizational Models for Teacher Learning
Every issue features questions and ideas for extending learning about topics in each article. Use the extensions to promote individual reflection, to stimulate discussion within teams, or to support professional development in your school.
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