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Rusk, Bryan; Mahfouz, Tarek; Jones, James – Tech Directions, 2011
Energy exists in many forms and can be converted from one form to another. However, this conversion is not 100% efficient, and energy is lost in the form of heat during conversion. In addition, approximately 6% of the monthly consumption of the average American household's electricity is neither lost nor used by its residents. These losses are…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Energy, Heat, Power Technology
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Bowers, Janet S.; Stephens, Becky – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2011
The technological revolution that has finally permeated K-12 education has direct implications for modern teacher educators whose "Hippocratic oath" is to best prepare future teachers for twenty-first-century classrooms. The goal of this article is to suggest that the heart of sound technological implementation is to encourage students to use…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Educators
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Kingsley, Karla V.; Brinkerhoff, Jonathan – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2011
Student-centered instruction incorporating authentic assessments can provide an alternative instructional model. Student-centered instruction generally requires learners to take on alternate roles such as that of historian, advocate or op-ed writer in order to complete a project. It is often both collaborative and constructivist in nature. In…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Based Assessment, Program Effectiveness
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Zwiers, Jeff – Reading Teacher, 2011
The activities described in this article, Prediction Path and Quotation Cafe, are adapted from the IRA book "Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12." They highlight the reading comprehension habit of making inferences and predictions, which can be used across content areas and grade levels. In creating this toolkit of activities, the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Teachers, Inferences
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Tawfeeq, Dante A. L. – PRIMUS, 2011
Teaching preparatory mathematics to first-time college students--who come from economically impoverished high schools that have not prepared their students to do college level mathematics--can be a daunting task for teaching assistants (TAs). The preparation of TAs to assist such students in the mastery of mathematical content is a complex…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, College Freshmen, Teaching Assistants, College Mathematics
Sindelar, Nancy W. – Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011
Schools are drowning in test data, but many schools do little with test results other than sort students into various categories of proficiency or lack thereof. Some educators feel testing has taken the joy out of teaching. Others believe valuable instructional time has been lost as a result of testing. Yet, NCLB and other federal and state…
Descriptors: Test Results, Federal Legislation, Testing, Academic Achievement
Coffield, Frank; Williamson, Bill – Institute of Education - London, 2011
"From Exam Factories to Communities of Discovery" passionately calls for educators to challenge the dominant market-led model of education and instead build a more democratic one, better able to face threats such as environmental damage; intensified global competition; corrosive social inequalities in and between nations in the world;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Adult Education
Hout, Michael, Ed.; Elliott, Stuart W., Ed. – National Academies Press, 2011
In recent years there have been increasing efforts to use accountability systems based on large-scale tests of students as a mechanism for improving student achievement. The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a prominent example of such an effort, but it is only the continuation of a steady trend toward greater test-based accountability in…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Motivation, Elementary Secondary Education
District of Columbia Public Schools, 2011
This guide is intended to assist teachers in the measuring of student learning over the course of the school year. Teachers in the six groups of IMPACT will write teacher-assessed student achievement (TAS) goals at the beginning of the year to gauge student achievement. With the principal's approval, teachers may adapt, as appropriate, the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods
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Perrault, Anne Marie – School Library Media Research, 2011
This study investigated the information-seeking practices and interactions of school librarians and special education teachers to better understand how they support the learning of students with disabilities. The work of school librarians and special education teachers may appear divergent; however, as professionals in a rapidly changing…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Special Education Teachers, Information Seeking
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Bergman, Daniel – Science Scope, 2011
The growing number of students needing additional language support requires extra time in the hectic schedule of a typical science teacher. The good news for busy teachers is that several researchers and educators have crafted methods for using "sheltered instruction" to meet the unique needs of English language learner (ELL) students:…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Angle, Julie – Science Scope, 2011
The recently released document "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas" emphasizes the importance of engaging students in practices of science and engineering to help them understand how scientific knowledge about the natural world develops. The document identifies eight essential…
Descriptors: Evidence, Investigations, Elementary Secondary Education, Motion
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Rillero, Peter – Science and Children, 2011
In standards-based science fairs, children learn more about what they are interested in. They deepen understandings of how science works and improve inquiry skills--including the ability to communicate and share research results. Parents learn more about science inquiry and their child's science abilities. The standards-based science fair builds…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Educational Opportunities, National Standards, Inquiry
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Mertkan, Sefika – School Leadership & Management, 2011
Leadership development has been an area of much research, particularly in the last two decades. This has been mirrored by increased policy activity to build leadership capacity in schools through preparation programmes and continuing professional development. This article examines continuing professional development provision for head teachers in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Leadership Training, Educational Administration
Owen, Nick, Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011
"Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning" shows teachers of key stages 2 and 3 how to introduce creativity into what is often seen as a prescriptive and stifling curriculum, and addresses the tensions that can exist between the requirement to follow the curriculum and the desire to employ innovative pedagogies. It offers…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Creativity, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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