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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Motivation: Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences

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A basic educational principle is that no matter how well teachers design their instruction, students who refuse to engage can ensure the teachers' instruction will come to naught. This simple truth leads teachers on a...
Author: Bruce Henderson, David Strahan
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Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

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Early adolescence is a distinct period of human growth and development situated between childhood and adolescence. During this remarkable stage of the life cycle, young adolescents, 10- to 15-year-olds, experience...
Author: Micki Caskey, Vincent A. Anfara, Jr.
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The Impact of Negative Life Events on Young Adolescents: Comparing the Relative Vulnerability of Middle Level, High School, and College-Age Students

Abstract Early adolescence represents a particularly vulnerable period of development during which young people are susceptible to establishing lifelong behavior patterns associated with poor life, health, and...
Author: Michael J. Mann, Alfgeir L. Kristjansson, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Megan L. Smith
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Coaching Teacher Dispositions

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We know that educators who "value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them" are a key component to middle level students' success (AMLE, 2010, p. 15). Middle level teachers must have the appropriate knowledge,...
Author: Alicia Wenzel, Jennifer Roberts
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The Role of Responsive Teacher Practices in Supporting Academic Motivation at the Middle Level

Abstract The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to investigate the ways teachers support young adolescents’ academic motivation in one large, urban, ethnically diverse middle school. Data...
Author: Sarah M. Kiefer, Ph.D., Cheryl Ellerbrock, Ph.D., Kathleen Alley, Ph.D.
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Who's Really Struggling?: Middle School Teachers' Perceptions of Struggling Readers

This study explored middle school teachers' perceptions of struggling readers, including influences such as: understandings of components and factors relating to reading difficulties; views of struggling readers'...
Author: Leah K. Moreau
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Directions for Literacy Leaders to Support Underachieving Middle Level Students’ Reading Achievement

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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

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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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The Work of Effective Middle Grades Principals: Responsiveness and Relationship

Findings from research studies suggest that school leadership accounts for fully one quarter of total school effects on pupils, making it second only to classroom instruction among school-based factors affecting...
Author: Jacqueline J. Gale, Ed. D. and Penny A. Bishop, Ed. D.
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