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Claxton, Guy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
It's all too easy for teachers to focus on building students' knowledge and skills without paying attention to the mental habits that students need to be effective learners. Guy Claxton discusses the need for teachers to design their instruction in a way that promotes resilience, curiosity, independence, and a positive disposition toward learning.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Resilience (Psychology), Learning Processes, Cognitive Processes
Kargin, Tolga – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In recent years, virtual play spaces have become enormously popular among young children around the world. As yet, though, there has been relatively little research into the ways in which children interact on such sites and what they learn in the process. This article describes a study of kids' experiences with one such virtual world, Club…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Children, Learning Processes, Computer Games
Davidson, Kristen; Case, Madeleine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Research has shown that traditional ways of promoting family involvement in school are often ineffective, especially among families whose approach does not align with the middle-class child-rearing practices embraced in many U.S. schools. To encourage greater family involvement, a Colorado school district is piloting a program in which educators…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Child Rearing
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Since 2003, nonprofit organization Common Sense Media has studied the ways in which kids are growing up in the digital age. In this interview, research director Michael Robb shares recent findings about the media habits of young children, tweens, and teens. While the news coverage of these issues tends to be hyperbolic and alarming, Robb explains,…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Preadolescents, Computer Use
O'Connor, Patrick J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School counselors play a key role in promoting students' academic achievement, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness. The author reviews the research on counselors' work in these areas and discusses how schools can ensure that their counselors are better able to succeed in supporting students.
Descriptors: School Counselors, School Counseling, Counselor Role, Academic Achievement
Lance, Keith Curry; Kachel, Debra E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between school librarians and library programs and student achievement. The authors review the findings from these studies and discuss how school leaders can ensure they are making the best use of their librarians'…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Services, Library Role, Expertise
Kane, Britnie Delinger; Rosenquist, Brooks – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Although coaching holds great promise for professional development, instructional coaches are often asked to take on responsibilities that are not focused on improving instruction. The authors discuss a quantitative study of four school districts and a qualitative analysis of a single district that, together, reveal how hiring practices and school…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development, Qualitative Research
Finigan-Carr, Nadine M.; Shaia, Wendy E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Social workers in schools provide benefits not just for struggling students, but for the entire school community. But, the authors argue, school social workers are often relegated to monitoring IEPs and doing basic casework. By using skills and values that have long been fundamental to social work practice, school social workers can advocate for,…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Pupil Personnel Workers, Pupil Personnel Services, Social Work
Meals, Anthony R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The author, a teacher and substitute bus driver, explains the pivotal role that bus drivers play in the education process by proving safe transport and getting students off to a good start each day. Reducing bus transportation budgets, or charging families for using it, reduces student access to education.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Student Transportation, Bus Transportation, Employee Attitudes
Johansson, Stefan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Responding to an earlier "Phi Delta Kappan" article, the author rejects the argument that East Asian students' high scores on international educational assessments come at the expense of learning to be creative and entrepreneurial. According to survey research, people in Japan, Korea, and other East Asian nations perceive themselves to…
Descriptors: International Assessment, High Achievement, Scores, Creativity
Vaughn, Margaret – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The development of agency is often described as critically important for all students. Countless school mission statements speak of the need to help young people become independent thinkers, for example. Colleges and universities expect high school graduates to be self-driven learners. And business leaders are forever calling upon K-12 education…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Guidelines, Concept Formation
Washor, Elliot – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative gives students who have demonstrated outsized competence in a trade--but who may be struggling in a traditional high school or career and technical education (CTE) program--opportunities to learn a trade with a mentor in a workplace. The author describes how this program requires educators to deepen their…
Descriptors: Trade and Industrial Education, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Mentors, High School Students
Maughan, Erin D. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School nurses help students with the prevention and management of chronic physical and mental health issues, but not all schools have a full-time registered nurse on their staff. The author argues that investing in school nursing has benefits that extend beyond the school and into the community.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Investment, Academic Achievement, Mental Health
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
While they're often overlooked in education policy debates, district central office staff can play critical role in improving schools. In this interview, Meredith Honig, professor of Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the University of Washington and founder of the District Leadership Lab, explains what her research and experience…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Policy, Central Office Administrators, Educational Improvement
Plaskett, Sean; Bali, Diksha; Nakkula, Michael J.; Harris, John – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Transitioning from high school to college can be a formidable challenge, especially for students who are the first in their family to attend college (first-generation) and/or are from low-income backgrounds. The authors' qualitative investigation of a college mentoring program illuminates the potential value of relatable peer mentors in helping…
Descriptors: College Students, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students, Transitional Programs
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