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Small Group Math Instruction In The Middle School Classroom, Jessica Balt Dec 2017

Small Group Math Instruction In The Middle School Classroom, Jessica Balt

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This study includes the impact of small group instruction in the middle school classroom. This study takes place at Dakota Meadows Middle School in Mankato, MN. The participants included 24 seventh grade students who are only partially proficient in math according to their standardized state assessments. Data was collected using a pretest, formative assessments, posttest and a student survey (See Appendices A, B, C, D). There was growth from the pretest scores to the posttest scores as well as growth in formative assessment scores. The student survey indicated most students felt the small group instruction benefitted them positively. Small group ...


The Effects Of Parent-Teacher Communication Using Digital Tools In Early Elementary And Middle School Classrooms, Nateal Bosch, Stephanie Bosch, Kylie Cline, Sarah Hochhalter, Aleksandra Rieland, Emily Takekawa, Tanya Walther Dec 2017

The Effects Of Parent-Teacher Communication Using Digital Tools In Early Elementary And Middle School Classrooms, Nateal Bosch, Stephanie Bosch, Kylie Cline, Sarah Hochhalter, Aleksandra Rieland, Emily Takekawa, Tanya Walther

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This comparative action research study examined the effects of using three different digital communication tools in early elementary and middle school classrooms. Seesaw, Facebook, and Remind were compared to answer the following questions: To what extent does each digital tool facilitate: Parent-teacher communication? Quality information sharing? Active parent engagement? Teachers collected qualitative and quantitative data over four weeks. Participating parents received and responded quickly to teacher posts in all three tools at both grade levels. Parents used the information as conversation starters at home and to help their children succeed. Notably, parents whose first language is not English appreciated that ...


Effects Of Grading On Student Learning And Alternative Assessment Strategies, Roxanna M. Krawczyk May 2017

Effects Of Grading On Student Learning And Alternative Assessment Strategies, Roxanna M. Krawczyk

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The purpose of this study was to investigate what effect an alternative assessment strategy would have on students’ engagement, motivation, and overall learning in an urban, private Montessori middle school program located in the Midwest. Two teachers and 13 students participated in two phases (one social studies and one science unit) over the course of six weeks. Teacher-assigned grades on class and homework were removed and replaced with student-determined final grades based on self-assessment using collaboratively created rubrics and individual portfolios. Students kept daily learning logs and completed a pre- and post-unit survey designed to measure their level of engagement ...


Finding Better Ways: Exploring Techniques To Support Native American And Low-Income Students In A Middle School, Wade Curren, Julie Curren, Caitlin Draper, Ben Schiermeister May 2016

Finding Better Ways: Exploring Techniques To Support Native American And Low-Income Students In A Middle School, Wade Curren, Julie Curren, Caitlin Draper, Ben Schiermeister

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This paper explored four techniques middle school educators used to increase the academic success and engagement of Native American and low-income students in the classrooms. Two researchers studied the effects of relationship building and culturally relevant writing curriculum on student engagement. The other two researchers studied the effects of vocabulary instruction and differentiated assessments on student academic success. Twenty four Native American or low income students in grades 6 through 8 were studied. Data was collected through student surveys, observations, and assessment results to determine the effectiveness of these four strategies. The researchers found that the relationship building and culturally ...


The Effects Of A Daily Homebase Program In Middle School, Bridget Waldorf Dec 2014

The Effects Of A Daily Homebase Program In Middle School, Bridget Waldorf

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The purpose of this action research project was to measure how a daily Homebase program affects academic achievement and school climate at the middle school level. The participants were 8th grade students in a suburban middle school, along with 10 full-time middle school teachers who gave specific feedback at the beginning and end of the research period. Data was collected using a survey given to all staff, grade comparisons from last year to this year, and pre-/post-assessment surveys given to participating students and staff. Results showed that students’ grades improved along with students’ and teachers’ perception of school ...


Homebase Curriculum And Its Importance In Middle Schools, Kevin Schmitcke Dec 2014

Homebase Curriculum And Its Importance In Middle Schools, Kevin Schmitcke

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The research conducted focused on a revised homebase curriculum and the effects that it had on middle school students. A homebase curriculum focusing on relationship and team building was implemented with eighteen eighth-grade students. Data collection was focused on student attitude and demeanor towards school throughout the curriculum implementation process. Data sources included student feedback sheets, student attitude surveys, parent feedback sheets, student conferences, and teacher observation. Results from the data collection showed that having a meaningful and organized homebase curriculum can build upon relationships in homebase and improve student attitudes toward school. These results led to a better overall ...