ERIC Number: ED212075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Free the Teacher. Laboratory Helps Educators Break the Bonds That Restrict Their Teaching Time.
Educational R & D Report, v4 n3 p8-12 Fall 1981
A number of research studies have shown that the factors important to academic achievement are time allocated to instruction, the amount of time students actively engage in learning, and the degree of success they experience while learning. To put this into practice, personnel with the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) have pulled together findings from a variety of studies and developed a workshop series to present the findings to local educators. The topics covered depend on the requirements of the schools involved. For example, one way to improve learning is to help teachers develop effective strategies for operating their classrooms during the first few days of school. The workshops begin by having teachers and administrators calculate the amount of time they devote to instructional activities during the typical school day, their students' engagement rates, and their success rates. Then they decide what areas to target for improvement. The McREL workshop series offers teachers and administrators a research-based foundation on which to build a total school improvement effort. It provides tools for assessing current practices as well as strategies for improving building and classroom management and student testing procedures. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Regional Laboratories, Research and Development Centers, Research Utilization, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops, Testing, Time on Task
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.