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Fair, Ginni; Florell, Dan – Middle School Journal, 2019
Despite the use of various anti-bullying programs, bullying continues to plague middle schools. However, there is an approach to bullying that complements other programs and can be easily integrated into course curriculum. This approach uses young adult novels to encourage adolescents to use perspective taking and empathy building through…
Descriptors: Bullying, Audiences, Prosocial Behavior, Young Adults
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Hart Barnett, Juliet E.; Fisher, Kim W.; O'Connell, Natasha; Franco, Kimberlee – Middle School Journal, 2019
There is growing national awareness of the negative and long-term consequences associated with bullying. The impact of childhood bullying can be substantial and include lowered self-esteem, heightened anxiety, greater levels of depression, fear, school refusal, isolation, and even suicide. While there is growing research on programs to address…
Descriptors: Bullying, Middle School Students, Student Behavior, Intervention
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Solomon, Suzanne; Schaefer, Mary Beth – Middle School Journal, 2019
Providing authentic college experiences for students in the middle grades through a partnership with a local college can improve college readiness skills and leave students with a positive view of post-secondary possibilities and opportunities. This article describes a college immersion program--a weeklong college experience provided to all…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning
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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet; Thornton, Bill – Middle School Journal, 2019
The culture of a school is a critical component of school improvement efforts. However, changing the culture of a school is no easy feat. In this qualitative, single case study, we describe the perceptions held and strategies employed by one female principal newly assigned to a middle school in an urban setting. We examined the principal's…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Administrator Attitudes, Principals, Discipline
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Howell, Penny B.; Thomas, Shelley; Sweeney, Damien; Vanderhaar, Judi – Middle School Journal, 2019
Researchers and practitioners in fields such as psychology and social work increasingly recognize the significant need for schools, in general, to be sites for delivery of trauma-informed practices. Given the extent and nature of trauma exposure in our schools, we believe it is critical that the primary individual supporting trauma-informed…
Descriptors: Principals, Counselor Role, Trauma, Educational Practices
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Von Dohlen, Heidi B.; Pinter, Holly H.; Winter, Kim K.; Ward, Sandy; Cody, Chip – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article┬áexplores how a laboratory middle school (LMS) serving students from low-performing elementary schools and students with academic or social-emotional challenges is developing as a trauma-responsive school. The authors explore the literature, school/community context, student cases, and the ways in which classroom and school-wide…
Descriptors: Trauma, Laboratory Schools, Educational Practices, At Risk Students
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Reyes, Cynthia C. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Forced migration generally refers to groups of people who are displaced by conflicts related to natural or environmental disasters, or war. This conceptual article takes up the topic of teaching children who have experienced forced migration due to war from ethnic or religious conflict, and the stories of trauma they may bring into a classroom.…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Refugees, Conflict, War
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Silverman, Jamie; Mee, Molly – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article posits that the restorative practice of community circles offers middle school students a safe, empowering space where moments of social and emotional strife can be addressed and possibly prevented. It also recognizes that by creating a safe and empowering classroom community, students who have or are experiencing trauma can find…
Descriptors: Trauma, Middle School Students, Coping, Classroom Environment
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Alley, Kathleen M. – Middle School Journal, 2019
The decline in middle school students' motivation and engagement during young adolescence remains a concern for educators, administrators, and educational researchers. This article draws on the philosophies of providing the appropriate person-environment fit and meeting students' basic psychological needs to enhance teaching and learning. These…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Personal Autonomy, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement
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Jang, Bong Gee; Henretty, Dawnelle – Middle School Journal, 2019
In this article, the authors propose a model of four attitudinal profiles including both purpose (academic and recreational) and medium (print and digital): (1) recreational digital learning/print averse reluctant readers, (2) avid digital readers, (3) avid print readers, and (4) digital learning reluctant readers. We drew these four profiles of…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Recreational Reading, Electronic Publishing, Printed Materials
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Wexler, Jade; Swanson, Elizabeth; Vaughn, Sharon; Shelton, Alexandra; Kurz, Leigh Ann – Middle School Journal, 2019
It is essential for middle school leaders to develop and promote school-wide literacy models, organizational structures that have a significant impact on the learning environment for all students in their building. However, school-wide literacy models can be difficult to implement and sustain over time. Drawing from an Office of Special Education…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Educational Environment
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Moser, Kelly M.; Ivy, Jessica; Hopper, Peggy F. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Education for young adolescents must be challenging, relevant, integrative, and exploratory. Integrative teaching (e.g., interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, etc.) benefits middle-level learners as it potentially increases student engagement, motivation, and achievement. It provides learners with the opportunity to synthesize…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learner Engagement
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Summers, Ryan; Rodems, Kathy; Denos, Sharlene; Atkinson, Amy – Middle School Journal, 2019
The "Next Generation Science Standards" identifies argumentation as a central practice, and, subsequently, energizes teachers to develop students' capacity to write well-reasoned arguments and support their claims with relevant evidence. These skills now expected in the science classroom have long been central to instruction in…
Descriptors: Evidence, Astronomy, Biology, Reflection
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Falco, Lia D. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Findings from recent studies suggest that students' pathways into mathematics-related careers begin as early as middle school when students are forming lasting self-perceptions of their academic abilities. Middle school is also a time when students begin making choices about future coursework in math, science, and technology that will have…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Self Concept, Self Efficacy, Middle School Students
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Dani, Danielle – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article discusses how a place-based approach to middle-level science teacher education prepares middle grades teacher candidates to leverage local culture and community to create interdisciplinary and relevant curriculum for all middle grades students. The article describes evidence-based strategies that capitalize on local place and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Place Based Education, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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