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, teacher panelists Amy Fleming, Gretchen Taylor, Beth Shaum, and Alex Corbitt sit down with Will Fassbender to reflect on their experiences at the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention in Houston, Texas. The theme for this year was Raising Student Voice: Speaking Out for Equity and Justice, a message that seemed to be timely and well-received by conference presenters and attendees. They talk about how Convention has changed them as teachers, readers, and writers, advice they have for teachers who are looking forward to attending Convention 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the books they picked up in Houston that they are excited to read and share with their students.
Make the Case to Attend NCTE: http://www2.ncte.org/blog/2018/08/make-case-attend-10-reasons-join-us-ncte18/
Pantsuit Politics: http://www.pantsuitpoliticsshow.com/
The Size of the Truth-Andrew Smith
The Poet X-Elizabeth Acevedo
The Education of Margot Sanchez-Lilliam Rivera
On the Come Up-Angie Thomas
Shout-Laurie Halse Anderson
In this episode, Amy Fleming's students at Elizabethtown Area Middle School in Elizabethtown, PA, speak with author N.H. Senzai. During this interview, Calla, Claire, and Brooke ask N.H. about her inspiration for writing her novel Escape from Aleppo, as well as specific questions related to the culture and conflict in Syria, reading suggestions for students who want to learn more about the Middle East, and N.H. tells us how an accounting major in college became an author of middle grades novels. **We want to give our listeners a heads up that there are some small spoilers in this interview, so you may want to read Escape from Aleppo before listening.
Escape from Aleppo-N.H. Senzai
Zenobia- Morten Dürr
Amal Unbound-Aisha Saeed
In this episode, middle grades author, Alexandra Diaz sat down with some of Julie Inwright’s seventh grade students at Malcolm Bridge Middle School in Bogart, Georgia, to talk about her books The Only Road and The Crossroads, as well her writing practices and her upcoming projects that young readers can look forward to.
The Only Road-Alexandra Diaz
The Crossroads-Alexandra Diaz
Enrique’s Journey-Sonia Nazario
Mamá the Alien-René Colato Laínez
The Red Umbrella-Christina Diaz Gonzalez
In this episode, we have the great distinction to speak with author Jennifer Nielsen, who has written such beloved middle grade books as The False Prince, A Night Divided, and the Traitor’s Game series. She joins our teaching panelists Stacia Long, Gretchen Taylor, and Katherine Sokolowski to talk about her article, "The Arts Built My Future," which appears in the September issue of Voices from the Middle. In addition, Jennifer answers questions about her latest book, Resistance, and provides us with some insight into her writing practices as well as the books that have had the biggest impact on her, both as a reader and a writer.
The False Prince-Jennifer Nielsen
The Traitor’s Game series-Jennifer Nielsen
A Night Divided-Jennifer Nielsen
Dark Deep-Ally Condie
One for the Murphys-Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Fish in a Tree-Lynda Mullaly Hunt
A Wrinkle in Time-Madeleine L’Engle
The Outsiders-S.E. Hinton