Research Summaries

Research Summaries are abbreviated reviews of professional literature that inform middle level education policy and practice and provide basic information about the education of young adolescents for parents and community members. The Research Advisory Committee of AMLE is currently seeking submissions.

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Student-to-Student Discourse in an Online Environment

Student-to-Student Discourse in an Online Environment

Online learning has quickly assumed a front-and-center position in high schools and colleges, having already been predicted to transform higher education forever. For younger students, its potential is less clear....
Under a Microscope

Under a Microscope

The 2%. No, I am not referring to the milk. No, I am not referring to my phone battery. The 2% indicates the percentage of African American male educators in America. As most people are aware, African American males...
How Do You Spell Student Success? G-r-o-w-t-h

How Do You Spell Student Success? G-r-o-w-t-h

In room E8, at Northside Middle School in Roanoke County, Virginia, we view student success as a significant growth over previous math achievement scores. What does significant growth entail, you might ask? We...
A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

We don’t need statistics to know that a curriculum lacking in arts is boring, but too often when budgets are cut, the fun parts of being in school for children are the first to be eliminated. The notion that...
Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Oftentimes the terms culture and climate are bandied about as an inseparable pair in school settings. Rarely in my experience are they broken down into their respective domains to parse out their specific purpose and...
Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

What if I told your school administrative team that there is a classroom intervention that does not require substantial increases in staffing, does not require extra funds from the school or district, but still...
Creating a Mindful Classroom

Creating a Mindful Classroom

With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...
Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Through education, teachers influence change in their students' mindsets, which in turn can help students become successful individuals (Yeager & Dweck, 2012). We believe that the best teachers guide, motivate,...
The "Geography" of Your Classroom

The "Geography" of Your Classroom

I hail from room 604, where the sign on the door reads "resource room." However, I actually teach sixth grade English language arts class at full capacity in this room, which was designed for small group support...
Getting to Know Our Students

Getting to Know Our Students

One of the highest forms of respect around the world is to prove to someone that we really know them, and that we see them as worth knowing. We can connect with the grumpiest of individuals when we prove such things,...
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