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Passion is not enough: Preparing middle level preservice teachers to be advocates for change

Passion is not enough: Preparing middle level preservice teachers to be advocates for change

Each year, thousands of middle grades preservice teachers assume their places in classrooms across the country, through practica, internships, and student teaching experiences. Over 600 U.S. colleges or universities...
Author: Jessica DeMink-Carthew, Penny A. Bishop
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Forging Partnerships Outside the Classroom

Sometimes teaching can cause tunnel vision. Teachers often look inside their school district, building, or classroom for resources to help their students learn, neglecting the partnerships outside the immediate school...
Author: Robin Dever
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Becoming a Teacher

Becoming a Teacher

Finding your niche and keeping the passion.

Do you remember your first day of college? I do. It was fall 2011 and I had arrived at Bowling Green State University to major in adolescent to young adult education, which covered grades 7–12. I showed up...
Author: Delaney F. Buechner
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Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Previewing Life as a Middle Grades Teacher

Before they ever step into their very own classroom, middle school educators should have a realistic picture of the characteristics that make up effective middle level education and the unique qualities of young...
Author: Gahan Bailey
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Middle Level Teacher Preparation and Certification/Licensure

Widespread consensus exists among researchers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders that the quality of teachers is one of the most salient school-related factors influencing student achievement (McCabe,...
Author: AMLE
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Ohio’s Middle Childhood Licensure Study

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe middle level prepared teachers’ perceptions of their practices after completing an Ohio Middle Childhood: Grades 4–9 teacher education...
Author: Paula M. White, Diane Ross, Jennifer Miller, Robin Dever, Karen A. Jones
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Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum

Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.

Daniel (a pseudonym) had benefitted greatly from the idea that students can creatively represent their ideas in a content area in ways other than traditional spoken and written responses. He was a preservice...

Preservice Teachers Are Creating a College Culture for At-Risk Middle School Students

This mid-point report from a seven-year study about building a college culture investigates how a multifaceted approach including mentoring, technology, campus visits, parent involvement, and tutoring impacts at-risk...
Author: Rich Radcliffe, Liz C. Stephens
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Joining Forces for the Future

Joining Forces for the Future

Collaboration is one of the essential attributes of successful middle grades schools. The benefits of working together are apparent in the joint efforts of a small midwestern college and an urban middle school to...
Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Helping Student Teachers Face Their Fears

Agreeing to have a student teacher in your classroom is an important decision. It's one more time commitment on top of a schedule that probably is already overflowing with things to do. But consider how unnerving it...
Author: Diana Brannon
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