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 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:
In Episode 19, our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Beth Shaum speak with author Jason Reynolds. The conversation covers topics such as Jason's writing process with Brendan Kiely, social media's impact on the families of the victims of police brutality, breaking stereotypes in YA, and the ways in which schools can foster spaces for teens to feel safe and cared for. In addition, Jason provides us with a list of books that he's loving right now, as well as a sneak peak of what we can expect from him in the near future.
Books discussed in the podcast:
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
- Anything by Kwame Alexander
- Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
- Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (August 1st)
- Patina by Jason Reynolds (August 29th)
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (October 17th)
In this episode, our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Beth Shaum speak with children's book author Laurel Snyder about her latest book, Orphan Island. They also ask questions about the books that inspired her when she was young, her writing process, and the importance of getting young people to step away from their phones long enough to engage in their own writing.