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Shore, Kenneth – Instructor, 2001
Presents 12 ideas for meeting the educational and social needs of second language learners, including: assess student needs; empathize; foster a sense of belonging; assign a buddy; use sheltered English techniques; teach key words; read and reread books aloud; provide opportunities for success; keep track of language progress; value bilingualism;…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education
Babcock, Sharel; Backlund, Judy – Instructor, 2001
Presents examples of teacher-parent interactions designed to help teachers communicate with parents. The scenarios involve a teacher communicating with parents about a struggling student, a teacher communicating with parents about a student's behavior problems, and a teacher attempting to communicate with a confrontational parent. Teacher prompts…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence
Prescott, Jennifer O. – Instructor, 2001
Presents innovative, multiple intelligence math practices that can boost student learning and promote fun in the classroom. Suggestions include doing picture book math, working on open-ended problems, doing math all day and everywhere, and working on cooperative group math. (SM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction
Brodkin, Adele – Instructor, 2001
Presents suggestions for helping children cope with the events of September 11, 2001, including: do more listening than talking; offer opportunities for expressing their feelings through stories, artwork, and play; be calm and optimistic about everyone's safety; and respect some children's self-protective position of being unaware of or…
Descriptors: Coping, Elementary Secondary Education, Psychological Needs, Terrorism
McParland, Robert – Instructor, 2000
Music can be a powerful force in the language arts classroom and an important vehicle for teachers who want to lead students into literature. The paper discusses the power of popular music to first attract students, notes how to use other musical genres, describes guided listening, and explains important parallels between poetry and song. (SM)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts, Literature
Wood, Julie M. – Instructor, 2000
There is a trend for girls to lose interest in mathematics, science and technology. Teachers must help reverse this trend. Suggestions to help reverse the trend include creating a girls only computer club; mentoring girls early; challenging gender stereotypes; demanding gender-fair materials; offering multiple ways to respond; enlisting parents as…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Females
Hanson-Harding, Brian – Instructor, 2000
Describes the advantages of charter schools, which are started by individuals or groups in the community and can set their own educational agendas and goals. More states are passing or expanding charter school laws every year. Benefits include autonomy, site-based management, increased parental involvement, and increased teacher control.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Moyers, Suzanne – Instructor, 2000
Biographies can inspire students to reach their goals and explore various literary elements (turning points, cause and effect, and figurative language). This reading and writing workshop presents resources and strategies for introducing students to biography. A student reproducible has students examine why people are their role models or mentors.…
Descriptors: Biographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods
Clarke, Jacqueline – Instructor, 2000
This collection of standards-based activities includes ideas for use in social studies, mathematics, language arts, and art classrooms. A tear-out student reproducible offers a bookmark that allows students to note unfamiliar or unusual words and phrases as they read and to jot down their thoughts and observations. (SM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Fine Arts, Language Arts
Instructor, 2000
Introduces a section that focuses on educational technology, including classroom-friendly hardware, software, and peripherals that can help support teaching and enhance student learning. This section also offers information from teachers about technology products that they find indispensable. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Educational Technology
Southworth, Samuel A. – Instructor, 2000
Presents suggestions for how teachers can build positive, strong relationships with parents or caregivers, including: telephone parents before an open house or in-person meeting; start the first conference by asking parents to share what is happening at home; be aware of different cultures, values, and parenting styles; and enlist parent input.…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence
Lockman, Darcy – Instructor, 2000
Discusses the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, explaining how to use it to enhance reading and writing instruction. The article presents a brief interview with J.K. Rowling, a Harry Potter time line, and ideas for working on writing and editing paragraphs, creating dynamic dialogue, and fixing grammar and punctuation. Other fantasy books are…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Fantasy
Philips, Carol – Instructor, 2000
Presents a collection of ideas for teachers' professional growth, noting that teachers can brainstorm lists of ideas on their own by considering what they want to learn and how they learn best. Suggestions include being inspired by other teachers in the literature or the movies; studying student work; facing challenges; redesigning units;…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement
Kloza, Brad – Instructor, 2000
Presents an Earth Day reproducible that involves online activities. Students are taken on a tour of earth-friendly Web sites, answering questions relating to such vital issues as recycling, land conservation, and the long-term survival of all living things. The sites offer children many opportunities for independent learning in the forms of…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education
Prescott, Jennifer O. – Instructor, 2000
Suggests that labels of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and behavioral disorders are inaccurate and devastating. Teachers, parents, and students must learn to recognize, understand, and manage strengths and weaknesses in brain function. Everyone has learning differences, and nobody has a perfect brain. The paper describes the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Elementary Secondary Education, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Problems
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