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Mahon, Robert L. – Clearing House, 2005
One minor but irritating problem that most composition teachers face--especially those who handle masses of papers at the high school level--involves coming up with a method of grading that is demonstrably objective but not so rigid that it allows no room for judgment. The author proposes a hybrid grading system: combining numbers and letters. The…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Numbers, Grading
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Mupinga, Davison M. – Clearing House, 2005
Over the years, instruction has shifted from the traditional face-to-face delivery to instruction that is done from a distance. Distance education is instruction that occurs when the instructor and student are separated by distance, time, or both (WCET 2004). Some common technologies used in distance education are videotape, broadcast television,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Television, Educational Technology, Online Courses
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Andrews, Byllie D'Amato; Quinn, Robert J. – Clearing House, 2005
Providing support to beginning teachers is essential for two reasons: the need to retain qualified beginning teachers and the need for beginning teachers to become effective practitioners as soon as possible. Induction and mentoring programs have been effective in ameliorating some of the causes--including lack of support--of the high attrition…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, School Districts, Mentors, Beginning Teachers
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Rader, Laura A. – Clearing House, 2005
Faced on a daily basis with at-risk students, special education students, and general education students who lack focus and direction, teachers can too easily focus only on pathology and risk factors rather than on strategies to help students. Teaching goal setting is a clearly defined method for redirecting the teaching patterns to guide students…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Goal Orientation, High Risk Students, Pathology
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Bunting, Carolyn E. – Clearing House, 2005
This article reports on a recent study by the Rand Corporation that concluded that there is cause for middle schools to worry. Commissioned by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, one of four major philanthropies supporting the middle school movement, the Rand investigation is clear in its assessment: The American middle school leaves adolescents…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Emotional Response
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Galluzzo, Gary R. – Clearing House, 2005
simple wedge with its tip made of durable, clear, and appropriate teaching standards forged in the furnace of science and theory widens to bring the materials and processes of art and practice to bear on the work of strengthening and renewing all of teaching by applying the national board's standards and assessment processes. With this model,…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, National Standards, Preservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development
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Pecheone, Raymond L.; Pigg, Matthew J.; Chung, Ruth R.; Souviney, Randall J. – Clearing House, 2005
This article explores the learning opportunities that standards-based portfolio assessment offers to promote teacher and faculty learning in teacher education. It discusses the impact on learning from two perspectives: that of teacher candidates and faculty using a paper-and-pencil approach for portfolio development, mentoring, and scoring; and…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Teacher Effectiveness, Standards, Portfolio Assessment
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Mayer, Diane – Clearing House, 2005
In this article, the author uses the models of accountability outlined in Darling-Hammond's (1989) article as a lens to examine the current climate of educational accountability, particularly the status of professional accountability, and to explore the role of teacher-performance assessment. The question at the core of this exploration is, Are we…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability, Educational Policy
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Larsen, Lynn R.; Calfee, Robert C. – Clearing House, 2005
In 1998, California state legislation called for significant reform in the preparation of teachers. As a result, institutions of higher learning must now conduct a formal performance-based assessment. All teacher candidates must participate in the assessment at the end of the program for receipt of the preliminary teaching credential. The…
Descriptors: Consortia, Teacher Competencies, Preservice Teacher Education, State Legislation
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Olebe, Margaret – Clearing House, 2005
This article is a recollection of events as the author began her teaching career. Her first experience was an "alternative route" she claims, since it involved her joining the Peace Corps and accepting a teaching position in Uganda. In the article, she discusses that although the breadth and depth of induction programs vary widely both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching (Occupation), Preservice Teacher Education, Beginning Teachers
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Grabill, Jeff – Clearing House, 2005
Clearly, writing works differently online. How it is produced, how it is distributed, how it is accessed, how it is read--all of these processes are changed when writing becomes virtual. However, the processes we use to write at "the print interface" and the ways we read print documents are not obsolete by any means--but they certainly…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Writing (Composition)
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Martinson, David L. – Clearing House, 2005
The author of this article states that one of the more troubling aspects of contemporary American culture is the considerable number of persons who feel no obligation to support freedom of speech and/or freedom of the press. Those who disagree are perceived as dangerous. There are right answers and wrong answers, and to suggest that one might…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Conflict, Teaching Methods
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Case, Rod E.; Taylor, Shanon S. – Clearing House, 2005
The population of children in the United States who require English as a second language (ESL) instruction increases every year. Among this diverse group of learners, which now exceeds four million, are learning disabled students. Their evaluation for special education services presents significant challenges to ESL, general education, and special…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Syntax, Semantics
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Doyle, Lynn H. – Clearing House, 2004
Many educators today are discussing new visions to transform their schools into communities. The idea is that schools should be communities of learners rather than organizations that turn out students as products (Furman and Starratt 2002; Sergiovanni 1994). But for schools to become communities of learners, a major upheaval in the way educators…
Descriptors: Leadership, School Community Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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Margolis, Howard; McCabe, Patrick P. – Clearing House, 2004
Many struggling learners resist academics, thinking that they lack the ability to succeed, even if they expend great effort. In other words, these struggling learners have low rather than high self-efficacy for academics. It is widely believed that without sufficiently high self-efficacy, or the belief that they can succeed on specific academic…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Low Achievement
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