December 2011 (Volume 19, Number 2)The Faces of Intervention
Cynthia BrockA conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Cynthia H. Brock, coauthor (with Fenice B. Boyd) of "Fostering Meaningful Middle School Literacy Learning: Investigating Beliefs and Practices" in the September 2011 issue. Listen to Cindy’s description of the contrasts between two middle school teachers’ instructional practices. What similarities and differences do you see at your school? (14 min)
Seth ParsonsA conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Nancy Frey and Seth Parsons, coauthor (with Baxter Williams, Sarah Burrowbridge, and Gary Mauk) of "The Case for Adaptability as an Aspect of Reading Teacher Effectiveness" in the September 2011 issue. Parsons highlights their findings on the link between a teacher’s ability to capitalize on “teachable moments” and student achievement. How has your ability to adapt instruction grown with experience? How can you foster this skill in other teachers? (9 min)
Mary Beth SchaeferA conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Mary Beth Schaefer, author of "Becoming a Good Teacher: Struggles from the Swampland" in the September 2011 issue. The author’s own inquiry process is deeply personal and reflective. How do you handle the reflective nature of teaching so that it benefits your students? (18 min)
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