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Borba, Michele – Educational Leadership, 2018
American teens are 40 percent less empathetic than they were three decades ago. Recognizing that students need more than academic rigor to succeed, a growing number of schools are turning their focus to social-emotional qualities like empathy. But which practices enhance empathy and how will principals know if teachers are implementing them…
Descriptors: Empathy, Social Development, Emotional Development, Perspective Taking
Weissbourd, Richard – Educational Leadership, 2018
Surveys show rates of sexual harassment and misogyny among students are high in U.S. secondary schools--yet most schools fail to deal with this problem. Many educators would like to intervene when they hear students use degrading or sexualized language about girls (or LGBTQ youth) or harass them, but don't know how to do so effectively. The…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, Gender Bias, Secondary Schools, Intervention
Akinnagbe, Geneviève DeBose – Educational Leadership, 2018
Teacher Geneviève DeBose Akinnagbe discusses her school's--and her own--improvement in the area of writing instruction. While she is a strong believer in teacher-led change, she says the change in this case was mainly the result of the school's becoming more intentional, at an organizational level, about the teaching of writing. The progress truly…
Descriptors: Connected Discourse, Writing Instruction, Writing Improvement, Writing Teachers
Laman, Tasha Tropp; Flint, Amy Seely – Educational Leadership, 2018
Multilingual students can thrive as multilingual writers when teachers create rich, meaningful contexts. The authors argue that teachers should use Brian Cambourne's seven conditions for learning as a guide: immersion, demonstration, approximation, engagement, expectation, responsibility, employment (use), and response.
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
Schmoker, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2018
Schmoker argues that having students write regularly across the disciplines, connecting written work to content in the discipline to facilitate student understanding about content, would boost most students' academic achievement. We must "demystify" writing instruction, distilling it to key skills that any teacher can guide students to…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Academic Achievement, Cues, Educational Change
Wright, Zachary F. – Educational Leadership, 2018
English language arts teacher Zachary Wright describes how he uses "Mad-Lib"-like templates to help his unconfident writers (which is most of his students) see precisely how to do things like write a thesis statement, extract examples from the text, and structure a coherent essay.
Descriptors: Creativity, Writing Instruction, English, Language Arts
Swain, Sherry Seale; Friedrich, Linda – Educational Leadership, 2018
The authors describe the Analytic Writing Continuum, a scoring system developed by writing assessment experts and the National Writing Project that provides a powerful way for teachers to assess students' writing and see good next steps for writing instruction. They give examples of educators using the AWC both to help students self-evaluate their…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Jurca, Laurah – Educational Leadership, 2018
In Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, the Our Lives, Our Words program puts digital cameras in the hands of elementary-aged English language learners. Teachers plan lessons that allow students to use photography as way to support and extend their writing.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Photography, Elementary School Students, English Language Learners
Gallagher, Kelly; Kittle, Penny – Educational Leadership, 2018
High school teachers Gallagher and Kittle describe a 9-week unit on writing a narrative they created (and taught at their respective schools) that gave students many chances to practice different elements of writing a story. Their unit "spiraled" students back to key skills at each step, giving extended writing practice often lacking in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Writing Assignments, Writing (Composition)
McKenney, Yekaterina – Educational Leadership, 2018
Yekaterina McKenney offers a plea to writing teachers: Don't emphasize the conventions of writing, the regurgitation of facts, and correct spelling and grammar over the generation of ideas and the creativity of storytelling. She offers up fresh ideas and suggestions about how to make writing meaningful and personal for student writers--from…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Teachers, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education)
Auguste, Elizabeth – Educational Leadership, 2018
In elementary schools, writing instruction often includes a heavy emphasis on penmanship, cleanliness, and mechanics. While the importance of crafting a story and creating meaning are taught, these elements may not be stressed enough to young budding writers. In this article, Auguste suggests that elementary school teachers--especially…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Emergent Literacy
Miller, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2018
The traditional academic research paper isn't always the best form in which to judge student writing. When students are given a choice in form and genre, their true talents and creativity can be unleashed. Miller offers up classroom examples and ideas on how to let students express their creativity in writing literary papers, research papers, and…
Descriptors: Playwriting, Drama, Creativity, Creative Writing
Spycher, Pam; Austin, Kim; Fabian, Thea – Educational Leadership, 2018
The authors discuss how Rowell Elementary School in California transformed instruction putting writing at the center of student learning. This shift involved helping students demystify how language works in different genres and creating authentic, meaningful writing opportunities for students, often involving cross-curriculum projects. Through…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Content Area Writing
Sprick, Randy; Knight, Jim – Educational Leadership, 2018
Schools who hope to implement a schoolwide behavior management policy should make sure to involve teachers in the process. Sprick and Knight discuss ways that school leaders can get started on developing and executing an overall behavior strategy that gets buy-in from all staff. Forming a leadership team, giving teachers voice and choice, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Behavior Modification, Leadership Responsibility, Teamwork
Murphy, Amy; Van Brunt, Brian – Educational Leadership, 2018
When disruptive or violent student behavior make their way into the K--12 classroom, the best efforts at classroom management can get derailed. The authors outline a three-part approach to addressing disruptive behavior to keep it from boiling into violence or crisis: clarifying norms and creating a safe climate; de-escalating the situation if…
Descriptors: Behavior, Violence, Classroom Techniques, School Safety
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