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, 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.
In this episode, our teacher panelists, Katherine Sokolowski, Beth Shaum, and Alex Corbitt speak to author, speaker, and overall literacy expert Donalyn Miller about what teachers can do to help create better access to books as well as the value of the teacher who is a reader and writer and the role that literacy plays in democracy. We also learn about what books Donalyn has loved and what she is excited to read next.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man-Jason Reynolds
I Caught a Witch (Akata Witch series)-Nnedi Okorafor
I Caught a Warrior (Akata Witch series)-Nnedi Okorafor
How Dare the Sun Rise-Abigail Pesta
The Upside of Unrequited-Becky Albertalli
Wishtree-K. A. Applegate
Radium Girls-Kate Moore
In the third installment of our Teacher on the Street series, Alex Corbitt talks with his seventh-grade students from The Bronx, New York, about writing. Bryan, Josefina, Katherine, and Jiliany emphasize the value of authenticity, cultural relevance, and creativity in the classroom.
In this episode, Cornelius Minor speaks with our teacher panelists Beth Shaum, Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Amy Fleming about issues of systemic prejudice in schools and how teachers can break down these systems, writing as a democratic craft to enact change, ways in which teachers can use personal relationships to learn how to build stronger connections with students, and how he intends to impress himself this year and what brings him joy during difficult times. Here are some links to content referenced throughout the discussion: