Tag: Democratic Classroom

Student Agency

Research Summary A typical middle school classroom includes young adolescents with a range of skills, interests, abilities, and personalities. One student may relate any topic of study to a favorite sport or video game. Another stretches her digital skills with each assignment and spends time outside of school learning how to code. Yet another emerges

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Losing the Fear of Sharing Control: Starting a Reading Workshop

We stood in the empty classroom. Lisa looked up at me. “I couldn’t understand what I read last night,” she said. I looked at her, speechless. The class was reading a novel, and I wondered why Lisa had been failing the daily quizzes. These were genuine “right-there” questions, designed only to see if the students

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Moving into Action: Middle Level Learners as Change Agents

Robust learning happens when students have choice and voice in curriculum. “Students in the middle grades … have the ability to perceive deep truths and are making decisions that will affect the way they live the rest of their lives. This transitional time between childhood and adulthood is the prime time to introduce students to

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“Hands-Joined” Projects

A framework for co-developing projects with teachers and students. Ask a middle school teacher to explain why student-centered projects are a logical choice for young adolescents and you are bound to hear about the numerous ways in which these projects provide students with opportunities to actively participate and voice ideas and in so doing, increase

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