ERIC Number: ED439444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving High Quality Reading and Writing in an Urban Middle School: The Case of Gail Slatko. CELA Research Report.
This case study presents a portrait of one English teacher within her school and in her professional contexts. It is part of a series of reports investigating methods of successful English instruction which reconciles professional trends with individual practice. The case study examines data collected during 1996-1998 from the classroom of Gail Slatko, director of reading at Ruben Dario Middle School in Dade County, Florida. Characteristics of classroom instruction include variety in assignments and instructional forms, a focus on reading and critical thinking, and literature as a link between students' personal lives and the world of ideas and places. Slatko's instructional methods are based on beliefs in learning as a vehicle for background building, personal cultivation, individual exploration, and association. Professional influences in the classroom include the school district, colleagues, and professional development activities and conferences. (EF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, English Teachers, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Professional Development, Reading Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Instruction
National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 ($4). Tel: 518-442-5026. For full text: http://cela.albany.edu/slatko/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.