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Voices from the Middle, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 1999

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Issue Theme: Teaching Under Fire

  • Becoming Proactive: The Quiet Revolution

    Cathy Fleischer, Kathleen Hayes-Parvin, and Julie A. King

    Abstract: Describes how some middle school teachers in Michigan are becoming proactive in their work to educate and reach out to parents on a day-to-day basis. Describes strategies for community building, for informing parents, and for involving parents. The teachers use these strategies as they inform parents about pedagogical practices and explain why those practices are part of their classrooms.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, School-Community Relation, Middle, Secondary

  • Reversing the Negative

    Grace Martino-Brewster

    Abstract: Describes how a class full of unwilling middle school Language Arts students got over their reticence and started looking at school as a positive place through an inquiry learning project about school. Describes the project, things students read and wrote, and a field trip to the university. Argues that students must have a voice in the classroom.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Writing, Middle

  • Staying the Course

    John Edmondson

    Abstract: Describes how one sixth-grade teacher of English/Language Arts stopped teaching from grammar texts and instituted a writing workshop. Describes flak he received from colleagues and parents, encouragement he received from students and from his principal, and how, over time, writing workshops have spread in his school.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Writing, Middle

  • Will I "Run Loose"?

    Sara Boose

    Abstract: Describes the author's experience as a student teacher facing an angry parent who challenged a book choice (a young adult novel by Chris Crutcher) that caused otherwise bored and disinterested students to read with interest and passion.

    Keywords: Literature, Pedagogy, Middle

  • Making Our Mark: Defining "Self" in a Multicultural World

    John Gaughan

    Abstract: Suggests that the classroom is an ideal place to "struggle to be together in our differences," as students begin to formulate their definitions of self and others, and need to learn to deal with differing attitudes and opinions. Describes experiences in the author's class as discussion about immigration in the United States blazed into a discussion about race.

    Keywords: Diversity, Pedagogy, Writing, Middle

  • The Debate around Standards

    Mark Klein

    Abstract: Looks at how standards in some form predominate the current landscape of education. Argues that standards pose little threat to teacher mautonomy, but that teachers should find what is useful in the standards movement and merge that into what works in the classroom. Argues that educators must join the greater debate about education.

    Keywords: Administration, Assessment, Standards, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College

  • Finding My Place at the Table

    Pat McDonald O'Brien

    Abstract: Observes that teaching today is a major challenge as teachers attempt to sift through everything that confronts them and as they constantly struggle with conflict while trying to address the complex dilemmas facing them daily in their classrooms.

    Keywords: Assessment, Middle

  • Message from the Editors

    Linda Rief and Maureen Barbieri

    Abstract: The articles in this themed issue, "Teaching under Fire," are authored by people who were willing to think and write about difficult issues that they might not have thought deeply about if they had not started to express themselves. Writing about struggling with conflict takes us into uncertain territory that we need to explore in order to address the complex dilemmas that face us every day in our classrooms.

    Keywords: Middle

  • Clip & File

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Middle

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