The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In this episode, Sara Kajder engages our teacher panelists Katherine Sokolowski, Alex Corbitt, and Gretchen Taylor in a lit chat about some of the most important books to them and their students. They also talk about the books they are currently reading and some of the best classroom lessons they have taught or plan to teach this year. In the latest installment of Voices from the Bookshelf, Katherine speaks with her students Slater, Ben, Liam, Biniam, Tucker, and Will about what they love about Jason Reynolds's books.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon-Kelly Barnhill
Tournament of Champions-Phil Bildner
Swim the Fly series-Don Calame
And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express-Agatha Christie
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)- Zoraida Cordova
Her Right Foot-Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris
Turtles All the Way Down- John Green
On the Road-Jack Kerouac
See You at Harry's-Jo Knowles
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark-Debbie Levy
The Baby-Sitters Club-Ann M. Martin
Lonesome Dove-Larry McMurtry
Bridge to Terabithia-Katherine Paterson
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life-James Patterson
All American Boys-Jason Reynolds
The Boy in the Black Suit-Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down-Jason Reynolds
Miles Morales: Spider-Man-Jason Reynolds
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)-Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone-JK Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye-J.D. Salinger
The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas
In this episode, teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Gage Jeter, and Alex Corbitt engage Linda Rief in a conversation around ways in which she uses her writer’s–reader’s notebook, how she creates opportunities for students to write for authentic audiences, how teachers can embed reflective practices that reflect their core beliefs around educating adolescents, and how to build a culture of peer reviewers amongst students.
In this episode we revisit our live show with Penny Kittle, which aired on September 27 (2017) on Facebook Live . Penny took questions from both our teacher panelists and those tuning in on Facebook to discuss such things as how she uses her notebook to write alongside her students, how she balances writing and conferring with students, how to elevate your writing for various audiences, as well as how she curates her classroom library to support topics around themes of social justice.
In this episode, we take a look back at the past year, highlighting some clips from speakers who have worked tirelessly to move the field of English education in new and exciting directions. Guests such as Kylene Beers, Pernille Ripp, Cornelius Minor, Jason Reynolds, and Nancie Atwell tackled difficult topics such as literacy as a democratic practice, race and diversity in literature, and teacher advocacy.