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ERIC Number: EJ1001264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Inside out and outside in: Rethinking Spelling in Inclusive Elementary Classrooms
Anderson, Derek L.; Standerford, N. Suzanne
Issues in Teacher Education, v21 n2 p125-146 Fall 2012
A serendipitous moment, a passing conversation, led to this study. A university professor expressed concern that his second-grade son was "bored" with his weekly spelling lists, homework, and tests. A colleague of his, a former elementary teacher with 30 years experience and currently teaching field-based methods courses in this child's school, listened carefully. This colleague had a student teacher in this particular classroom and saw this conversation as an opportunity to initiate changes in the spelling program, as a mutually beneficial effort for the second-grade and university students. Her hope was for her teacher education students to observe and take part in the best possible instructional practices. Further, this partnership could help to engage all the second-grade teachers in professional learning that would satisfy both concerns. This colleague was in an advantageous position to offer limited funding for time and resources as well as university students to do clerical tasks. Thus began a nine-month study of how three teachers designed and implemented new instructional practices, moving from a traditional to a student-centered, differentiated spelling program. This analysis also explored how the learning and the process of improving instructional practice influenced or did not influence the teachers' paradigms of teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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