Middle School Journal

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, March

An Analysis of School Anti-Bullying Laws in the United States
Middle level educators must be informed of anti-bullying laws at the state level so that they can act more ethically and effectively at the local level.This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (National Middle School Association [NMSA], 2010)...
Don't Skip the Graphics! Focusing Students' Attention on the Visual Aids in Digital and Traditional Texts
Ask teachers what many students do when they encounter a map, a chart, or a graph in printed or digital text, and they will likely say, "They skip it." But visual graphic aids often contain important information essential for an extended understanding...
From "Muddle School" to Middle School: Building Capacity to Collaborate for Higher-Performing Middle Schools
High-performing middle level schools build capacity to support collaboration and student success.We used to be called the "muddle school"-but not anymore.-teacher, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle SchoolDuring a recent study that identified some of the...
Generation Z, Meet Cooperative Learning
Properly implemented cooperative learning strategies can increase student engagement and achievement.Generation Z, also known as "Gen Next" or "Gen I," includes people born between the early 1990s and the early 2000s (Posnick-Goodwin, 2010). Some consider...
Inquiry into Identity: Teaching Critical Thinking through a Study of Race, Class, and Gender
Students learn important lessons about themselves through the critical exploration of race, class, and gender.A group of African American boys sits in a circle surrounded by their white classmates. Akhil, an A student and star soccer player, describes...
Red Flags Are Blowin' on the Tyra Show: Acknowledging the Body in Middle Grades Education
One hour and thirty-seven minutes. That was how long my conversation about topics relating to the body lasted with a group of seventh grade girls in a Barnes & Noble café. Periods, pregnancy, anorexia, bulimia, and breast size were the specific topics...
Remembering Gordon Vars
With the recent death of Gordon Vars, the field of middle level education lost one of its premier scholars. Dr. Vars, professor emeritus at Kent State University, was a cofounder of the Midwest Middle School Association, which became National Middle...
The Relationship among Grade Configuration, School Attachment, and Achievement
Focusing on middle grades students' sense of school attachment may be more effective than reorganizing school grade configuration.The This We Believe characteristic "organizational structures" calls for grade configurations that "foster purposeful learning...
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