Middle School Journal

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, November

Actively Engaging Middle Level Students with Photo Journals
A photo journal project engages reluctant learners.Making a photo journal in class has been awesome! I often find school to be the most boring place on the planet, like über-boring. Yea[sic], I admit that I usually sit in classes doodling or staring...
A "Ladder to Literacy" Engages Reluctant Readers
Students help create a new approach to reading and enjoying literature assigned in school.Students help create a new approach to reading and enjoying literature assigned in school. Reading is about spending time with characters and entering a fictional...
AMLE in Action
Coaching Sports in Middle SchoolAn online coach education courseGreat schools do what's best for students based on the characteristics and needs of those students. This concept is critical to all who teach 10- to 15-year-olds, for this is a time of rapid...
An Event and a Call to Action
An introduction to "The American middle school movement: Taking the long view" by Paul S. George.On May 18-20, 2011, more than 100 of America's best and most experienced minds in middle level education gathered in Milledgeville, Georgia, for the Southeastern...
A View from the Middle
Walking the TalkOn August 28, 2011, the middle level community lost a vibrant, passionate scholar and teacher. Dr. Jennifer Wilson, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina, was the victim of a homicide that abruptly halted the important...
Creating Motivating Learning Environments: Teachers Matter
Teachers can influence students' motivation to achieve in school.Listening to the conversations of middle level students can reveal much about what young adolescents think, feel, need, and want in their lives both in and outside school (Doda & Knowles,...
Middle Grades Education Policy: From Stagecraft to Strategy
When Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century (Jackson & Davis, 2000) was released, the 15 states that had been involved in Carnegie Corporation of New York's Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative (MGSSPI) had just spent...
Project-Based Learning Engages Students in Meaningful Work
Students at High Tech Middle engage in project-based learning.For four decades, researchers have demonstrated that project-based learning (PBL) can be an effective way to engage and motivate middle grades learners (Yetkiner, Anderoglu, & Capraro,...
The American Middle School Movement: Taking the Long View
The American middle school movement is an enduring success of progressive education.The United States, from its founding, has always been the scene of debate and disagreement about the concerns of a particular era. Now in the early years of the 21st...
Wayside Teaching: Building Autonomy
Educators must ensure that students are autonomous, not anonymous.Autonomous, not anonymous ... that's what we want young adolescents to be. Wayside teachers, those who value the power of positive relationships that enhance student success, create opportunities...
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