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Ramstetter, Catherine L.; Fink, Dale Borman – American Educator, 2019
The purpose of this article is to promote a deeper, more complex understanding of the challenge that "recess time" poses to elementary school educators and to thereby understand the practices in which they are currently engaging. Because teachers are expected to shepherd students through a vast array of learning standards while remaining…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Bernard, Rachel; Henegan, Colleen – Science Teacher, 2018
For many students, the first--and sometimes only--chance to look through a microscope is in high school biology class, where they observe plant and animal cells up close. Even in college, few students use a microscope for a subject other than biology. Thus, it can be a surprise to learn that microscopes are a primary tool used to understand the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Biology
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Jackson, Julie – Science Teacher, 2018
Word walls visually display important vocabulary covered during class. Although teachers have often been encouraged to post word walls in their classrooms, little information is available to guide them. This article describes steps science teachers can follow to transform traditional word walls into interactive teaching tools. It also describes a…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists, Visual Aids
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Harron, Jason; Fletcher, Steven; Spock, Hannah – Science Teacher, 2018
While there is no official definition, making is generally thought of as turning ideas into products through design, invention, and building. Support is growing for integrating making into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Making can help high school students explore science concepts and phenomena, yet, lacking…
Descriptors: High School Students, Creative Development, Design, Curriculum Enrichment
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Jackson, Julie; Warner, Kathryn; Forsythe, Michelle – Science and Children, 2017
It can be a struggle for early childhood teachers to create hands-on, engaging lessons about animals. This is especially true of units that require exposure to a wide range of animals from a variety of habitats. The authors' describe how they shook up their traditional animal unit by creating a Kindergarten zoo! Herein they summarize their…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Preschool Teachers, Kindergarten, Experiential Learning
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Croteau, Susan M.; Lewis, Katherine – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
Gary Armstrong, assistant principal, is faced with a delicate situation. The elementary school recently enrolled a transgender student, and the principal, Amy Lamar, is resistant to considering the student's unique needs. This case was developed for use in a leadership course. Instructors can use the case to encourage dialogue around legal…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Special Needs Students, Elementary Schools, Educational Administration
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Jackson, Julie; Durham, Annie – Science and Children, 2016
This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue discusses planning and using interactive word walls to support science and reading instruction. Many classrooms have word walls displaying vocabulary that students have learned in class. Word walls serve as visual scaffolds to support instruction. To…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary
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Martin, Christopher B.; Vandehoef, Crissie; Cook, Allison – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A hands-on activity appropriate for first-semester general chemistry students is presented that combines traditional VSEPR methods of predicting molecular geometries with introductory use of molecular modeling. Students analyze a series of previously calculated output files consisting of several molecules each in various geometries. Each structure…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Science Activities, Molecular Structure
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Finseth, Carly – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
When games are approached as a pedagogical methodology, the homologies between games and technical communication are highlighted: pedagogy that teaches people to play and succeed within certain confines; classroom assessment that provides meaningful feedback to encourage self-improvement; instructional design that incorporates gaming theory and…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Introductory Courses, Game Theory, Teaching Methods
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Hance, Trevor; Befus, Kevin – Science and Children, 2015
The idea of building sand castles evokes images of lazy summer days at the beach, listening to waves crash, enjoying salty breezes, and just unplugging for a while to let our inner child explore the wonderful natural toys beneath our feet. The idea of exploring caves might evoke feelings and images of claustrophobia or pioneers and Native…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Earth Science, Concept Teaching, Grade 5
Benedict, Amber; Holdheide, Lynn; Brownell, Mary; Foley, Abigail Marshall – Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2016
This Special Issues Brief from the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR Center) and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) outlines essential features for providing high-quality, structured, and sequenced opportunities to practice within teacher preparation programs. This brief is…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies, College Faculty, Educational Innovation
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Feinberg, Joseph R.; Doppen, Frans H.; Hollstein, Matthew S. – Social Education, 2014
When the Texas state legislature passed a law in the 1970s allowing school districts to deny enrollment or charge tuition to illegal immigrant children, the Tyler Independent School District instituted a $1,000 tuition rate for illegal immigrant children. Sixteen undocumented children from four Mexican families in Tyler filed a class-action suit…
Descriptors: Immigration, Court Litigation, Undocumented Immigrants, School Districts
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Prentice, Robert – Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2014
Many ethics courses are philosophy based, others focus on building character, and many are a combination of the two. Sharpening one's moral reasoning and reinforcing one's character are certainly beneficial courses of action for those who wish to be better people and those who wish to teach others how to act more ethically. Because the empirical…
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Business Administration Education, Law Related Education, College Instruction
Collier, Denise; Burkholder, Karla; Branum, Tabitha – Committee for Economic Development, 2013
Today's students are often called "digital-age learners"--reflecting their technological savvy and free-agent approach to learning. With their iPods, iPhones, computer games, social media pages, and text messaging, these digital-age students have access to resources and knowledge beyond traditional school structures and practices. These…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Performance Factors, Barriers, Electronic Learning
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Robin, Bernard R.; McNeil, Sara G. – Digital Education Review, 2012
In this paper, the authors present some of the most important lessons they have learned from teaching courses, conducting workshops, writing articles, and supervising graduate student research on the educational uses of digital storytelling. The guidelines described here are categorized within the ADDIE instructional design framework and are…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Instructional Design, Internet, Graduate Students
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