middle school

As a first year teacher, still enthused about the idea of teaching language arts to a group of 100+ eighth grade students, I was quickly saddened by the lack of interest that the students seemingly shared with each other. At E.B. Aycock Middle in Greenville, North Carolina, we serve students who come from two completely different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum.  We certainly have our share of...
This unit introduces middle school students to infographics, what they are and are not, leading to a mini-research project where students create their own infographics.
Pro's for (Wiki) Prose: Students who wouldn’t ordinarily share their work felt comfortable sharing. As you read in my first blog journal entry, one of the “lows” of Day 1 was a students asking if she “Had to put her work on there.” I can remember the fear and uncertainty in her eyes as she quietly asked the question. There were many like her—students who just don’t like sharing their stuff. I can...
Experiment Success? So, was my experiment a success? Did implementing a wiki in my classroom increase student authenticity in the task and process of writing? I deferred to my students to find out the answers to these questions. I told them that this project of mine was kind of one of their science experiments; I had a hypothesis of what I thought might happen but that their feedback would tell...