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Co-Hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey highlight recent research and discuss its implications for the education of young adolescents in middle grades schools and classrooms.

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Co-Hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey highlight recent research and discuss its implications for the education of young adolescents in middle grades schools and classrooms.

    Self-Regulation Challenges and Supports

    Self-Regulation Challenges and Supports

    Even without additional trauma (such as the continuing impacts of the pandemic), adolescents are in a dynamic period of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development.  In this episode, co-hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey discuss a recent study that looked at health education teachers’ and school counselors’ views of their students’ challenges and their strategies for supporting students’ social and emotional development. 

    The study was published in the June 2023 edition of Research in Middle Level Education Online, an open access journal available at https://www.amle.org/research-in-middle-level-education-online/. 

    • 17 min
    Increasing Female Students’ STEM Self Efficacy

    Increasing Female Students’ STEM Self Efficacy

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while nearly half of the U.S. workforce is women only 27% are STEM workers. Could STEM self efficacy be a key to better female representation in STEM? What is “STEM self efficacy,” anyway? And why is it particularly important in the middle grades? Co-hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey dig into these questions, discussing why it may be the key to moving the needle. 

    • 14 min
    Leadership Support in a Pandemic - Middle School Teacher Perceptions of Emergency Remote Teaching

    Leadership Support in a Pandemic - Middle School Teacher Perceptions of Emergency Remote Teaching

    How did teachers perceive leadership support in the emergency transition to remote learning in 2020? Co-hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey discuss insights from the article, with Andrew sharing from his own experience as an administrator. 

    • 21 min
    Student Amotivation, Absenteeism, and Academic Performance

    Student Amotivation, Absenteeism, and Academic Performance

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent study shows a relationship between amotiviation, absenteeism, and student performance. So what does this mean, practically speaking, for educators? Hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey break down a recent study conducted by researchers in Turkey and published in Research in Middle Level Education Online. 

    • 18 min
    The Pathway from Peer Support to Achievement via School Motivation

    The Pathway from Peer Support to Achievement via School Motivation

    Peer relationships become increasingly important during adolescence. So it’s not surprising that researchers are interested in the connection between peer relationships and academic achievement. Hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey break down a recent study published in Research in Middle Level Education Online that examined this relationship. 

    • 12 min
    Teaching with Integrity: Aligning what we believe with what we say and what we do

    Teaching with Integrity: Aligning what we believe with what we say and what we do

    Co-hosts David Virtue and Andrew Maxey discuss a new study that explored preservice mathematics teachers’ beliefs and the relationships among those beliefs and specialized content knowledge and technology utilization. The study offers important lessons about the role of beliefs during preservice teacher education that can be extended to teachers’ learning and growth at all stages of their careers. 

    • 18 min

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