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ERIC Number: EJ872817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Research for the Classroom: From Reluctance to Results--A Veteran Teacher Embraces Research
Greene, Katie
English Journal, v99 n3 p91-94 Jan 2010
"Authenticity," "intrinsic motivation," "confidence," and "student choice." More than just jargon, these ideas are essential for student achievement. Facing the pressures of mandated standards and assessments, teachers often replace activities that allow for student choice and multiple outcomes with one-right-answer, teacher-centered activities. However, researchers such as Nancie Atwell, Donald Graves, and Linda Reif have demonstrated that student choice and state standards are not mutually exclusive. After conducting action research, the author discovered that student-selected activities produce surprisingly impressive results. Through analysis of individual student interviews, impromptu class conversations, and structured surveys, she learned that her students prefer to write about what interests them but also benefit from rubrics that explain what they need to do to earn certain grades. The challenge of incorporating choice while providing clear guidelines for students presents a unique opportunity for educators, who must assist students in mastering standards while encouraging them to cultivate their own voices. Through carefully constructed activities, teachers can incorporate controlled choice in a standards-based classroom and, as a result, foster authentic learning and student accountability. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia