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Ediger, Marlow – 2002
There is much discussion of the shortage of qualified teachers and the need for teacher recruitment, but punishment strategies legislated in many states to motivate teachers to do the extraordinary are also publicized. There are positive approaches that can be used to motivate teachers, including improving facilities and classroom conditions,…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Teacher Attitudes
Ediger, Marlow – 2002
Summative evaluation of student achievement in reading emphasizes determining learner progress at the end of a unit of study, end of course, or end of the school year. Generally, state mandated tests stress an end of the school year percentile which is to indicate the present state of learner achievement. This paper discusses and analyzes…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Portfolio Assessment
Ediger, Marlow – 2001
For-profit schools are serviced by commercial companies whose primary goal is to raise student achievement to a designated level within a period specified by contract. Different school systems are discussed along with their positive and negative points. Questions related to possible issues are presented in each case for consideration. Reasons for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Corporate Education, Distance Education
Ediger, Marlow – 2001
This paper considers some of the similarities and differences between education and business in view of the fact that there are many who advocate that the public schools follow a business model in their operations. Salaries of executives in education, and superintendents in particular, tend to be lower than those of business executives, and their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Administrators, Business
Ediger, Marlow – 2001
There is currently much interest in the assessment of student achievement in public schools. This guide to forms of assessment discusses some of the most common tests and their uses. Standardized tests are described, and some of their limitations are outlined. State-mandated tests are common, and, because the creators of such tests are removed…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Performance Based Assessment
Ediger, Marlow – 2001
Reading and writing are interrelated. What has been read provides material for writing. This paper focuses on reading endeavors that provide subject matter for writing. The paper first recommends reading poetry to the class and states that the teacher should have ready for use an anthology of children's literature. Children can write poems for…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts, Novels
Ediger, Marlow – 2000
Pupils need variety in their writing experiences, and social studies writing involves writing across the curriculum as well as stressing positive attitudes and feelings of the learner. Subject matter should come from the pupil, and diverse learning opportunities should assist the pupil in acquiring the relevant facts, concepts, and main ideas…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Journals
Ediger, Marlow – 1999
This paper shares ideas for creating learning opportunities in mathematics classrooms. Ideas include using single or multiple series of textbooks, markers, teacher-made materials, transparencies and the overhead projector, filmstrips, graphs, songs, money, Geoboards, drill and practice, videotapes, and technology. Mathematics learning activities…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction
Ediger, Marlow – 1999
This paper discusses grouping for instruction in teaching science. Suggestions include grouping students in science experiments and demonstrations, grouping by using videotapes and other audiovisual aids, flexible grouping, committee work, flexible discussion groups, minilessons, activity-centered teaching, modeling, individualized reading, and…
Descriptors: Class Organization, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
Ediger, Marlow – 1999
This paper presents numerous approaches that teachers may use to help pupils deal with difficulties in reading comprehension in mathematics. It discusses the importance of understanding the meaning of the words and symbols used. It argues that: (1) pupils need adequate background information prior to reading story or word problems; (2) a hands-on…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction
Ediger, Marlow – 1998
This paper attempts to make the case for incorporating writing into the science curriculum. Suggestions are offered on how to organize writing activities in the classroom, assess a student's writing skills, use writing experience charts in science, outline content in science, write results from science experiments, write book reports, perform…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
Ediger, Marlow – 1995
Reading is one avenue of learning in the vital curriculum area of science. Factual as well as fictional content can be read by pupils in ongoing science units of study. Both fiction and non-fiction provide for attainment of science curriculum objectives emphasizing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This document discusses teaching methods that…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Reading Assignments
Ediger, Marlow – 1993
This paper suggests that leadership is needed to assist teachers in doing an excellent job of teaching social studies. The principal or supervisor must provide the necessary leadership. This leader needs to observe teaching and learning situations frequently in the classroom setting. Teaching suggestions are provided by the leader to teachers so…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership
Ediger, Marlow – 1994
This paper argues that religion should be taught as a separate class in the public schools. Reasons for teaching religion include: (1) religious believes affect human behavior in strong observable ways; (2) churches abound in number throughout the United States; (3) different religions tend to teach a somewhat common core of values while values…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Public Schools
Ediger, Marlow – 1993
Teachers, principals, and supervisors need to study, analyze, and appraise relevant issues in the social studies curriculum. This paper identifies different issues that can be considered in social studies, and points out the reasons for and against utilizing the different instructional materials, teaching methods, educational objectives, and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Problems, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Curriculum
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