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Lorsbach, Anthony W.; Jinks, Jerry; Templeton, Rosalyn Anstine – Clearing House, 2004
Assessing students' knowledge is complex. Ideally, an assessment measures what students know about a given construct. Too often, however, assessments are complicated by miscommunication. Miscommunication occurs when students misinterpret the intent of the teacher's question and/or the teacher misinterprets the students' answers. This article…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Middle Schools, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Mupinga, Davison M.; Livesay, Kelly – Clearing House, 2004
In an era when the highest paying and most readily available jobs seem to be in the technical and medical arenas, it may not be worth initially pursuing a four-year degree when a one or two-year training program will do. It may make more sense to pursue a technical degree to become self-sufficient first and then later explore career dreams and…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education
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Tumposky, Nancy Rennau – Clearing House, 2004
Debate has been a well-known pedagogical technique since there have been written records about teaching and learning. Originally employed for learning philosophy and theology, debate was later used in the fields of history, law, literature, and the physical sciences. This author asserts, however, that, although the benefits of debate are…
Descriptors: Debate, Educational History, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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Stader, David L. – Clearing House, 2004
The 1994 Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) requires a minimum one-year expulsion for students who bring firearms to school. Although GFSA is not a zero-tolerance law, many school policies enacted in response to GFSA are often referred to as "zero tolerance." Zero tolerance generally is defined as a school district policy that mandates predetermined…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Board of Education Policy, Public Schools, Zero Tolerance Policy
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Bucher, Katherine T.; Manning, M. Lee – Clearing House, 2004
Many young adults enjoy graphic novels because the genre differs so dramatically from the books that educators traditionally have encouraged adolescents to read. Growing up with television and video games, contemporary young adults look for print media that contain the same visual impact and pared-down writing style and contribute to their…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Picture Books, Novels, Young Adults
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Beale, Andrew V. – Clearing House, 2004
School counselors can be key players in the school reform movement. Working in an environment with strong administrative direction and support, school counselors can deliver a school counseling program that enhances the academic success of all students. By providing a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program, counselors can…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, School Counseling, School Counselors, Educational Change
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Andrews, Byllie D'Amato; Quinn, Robert J. – Clearing House, 2004
Beginning teachers are often given teaching assignments that would challenge even the most skillful veteran teachers. Such assignments can take several forms: teaching in a subject area for which the teacher is not certified; having too many class preparations; "floating" from classroom to classroom; working with low-ability, unmotivated, or…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence
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Clarke, W. Guy; Lee, John K. – Clearing House, 2004
History frequently is taught as a set of facts that must be memorized to either pass a test or become culturally literate (Whelan 1997). Such an approach to history instruction reduces content to a consumable, socially irrelevant product and strips meaning from the classroom. To alleviate the drudgery of typical history instruction, teachers can…
Descriptors: Local History, History Instruction, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
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Chiodo, John J. – Clearing House, 2004
It is often said that university professors do not really know what is going on in the classroom because it has been a long time since they taught in a public school. However, in teacher education programs that are certified by national accreditation agencies, faculty must maintain contact with the public schools by engaging in a variety of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Education, Teaching Experience
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Bakunas, Boris; Holley, William – Clearing House, 2004
Kerr and Zigmond (1986) found that 67 percent of all high school teachers surveyed viewed organizational skills as crucial for student success in school. How can teachers get their students to agree? One way is to teach organizational skills just as they would teach writing or computation skills. Explain and demonstrate what students are to do,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Time Management, High Schools, Academic Achievement
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Stanley, Gregory; Baines, Lawrence – Clearing House, 2004
The report card grade has come to serve a variety of purposes: (1) Substantiation for state funding; (2) A public relations opportunity to help generate positive feelings between a school and the community; (3) A vehicle used by the teacher to increase a student's self-esteem; (4) An opportunity to reward a student's likability; and (5) A chance…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Grades (Scholastic), Report Cards
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Fields, Lynette – Clearing House, 2004
A survey of U.S. teens (15,877 middle and high school students) reported that more than one in three students (39 percent of middle schoolers and 26 percent of high schoolers) said that they do not feel safe in schools. Thirty-seven percent of middle school boys and 43 percent of high school boys believed that it was appropriate to hit or threaten…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, School Safety, Secondary School Students, Violence
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McBride, Ron E. – Clearing House, 2004
Though in its infancy, research on the use of critical thinking in physical education has shown promising results. To many, the notion of combining critical thinking and physical education might even be seen as a contradiction in terms. This article explores the dispositional aspect of critical thinking and asks two questions: (1) Are students…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Physical Education, Thinking Skills, Teacher Role
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Woods, Amelia Mays; Weasmer, Jerie – Clearing House, 2004
Improving teachers' job satisfaction is paramount in an era when 50 percent of new teachers drop out of the profession in the first five years. Although most new teachers start the school year with eagerness, lack of administrative and collegial support, budget constraints, a flagging sense of personal teaching efficacy, and a controlled…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Job Satisfaction, Mentors, Leadership
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Bartlett, James E., II; Mupinga, Davison M.; Higgins, Chad – Clearing House, 2004
Middle school educators can enhance the quality of education in the classroom by obtaining grants for special projects. Grants, which can be used to improve instruction, upgrade equipment, and implement innovative programs, are available from local, state, and federal agencies, nonprofit foundations, and private corporations. Overall, millions of…
Descriptors: Grants, Computers, Writing Processes, Writing Strategies
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