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Putman, Shannon; Id-Deen, Lateefah – Educational Leadership, 2019
Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize education because it immerses students in their learning, blocking out visual and auditory distractions and letting learners focus intensely on a structured learning experience. The authors describe how using virtual reality headsets helped 5th graders at Gavin Cochran Elementary School in…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment
Schmoker, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2019
School leaders could see all their students ascend to new heights of academic achievement and find their jobs de-stressed and joyful--if they focused on only the one or two most urgently needed instructional initiatives. Schmoker makes the "case for less" and notes that if school leaders applied strict criteria to select the initiative…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Leadership Styles, Curriculum Development, Literacy
Adkins-Sharif, Jamel – Educational Leadership, 2019
As a new principal, Adkins-Sharif shares his lessons learned in the first year on the job. He hones in on classroom-focused learning to improve instructional leadership and create a thriving school culture. Adkins-Sharif suggests learning from other school leaders and peers, making time for classroom observations, and creating open dialogues with…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Responsibility, Instructional Leadership, School Culture
Boyles, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2018
Reading and analyzing texts with elementary students are perfect ways to introduce larger questions about the ways in which we interact with one another and the larger world. Boyles discusses how teaching social-emotional learning through literature can easily be incorporated into reading routines already in place. She includes three sample…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Socialization, Interaction
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
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
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
Scanfeld, Vanessa; Davis, LaShonda; Weintraub, Leah; Dotoli, Vincent – Educational Leadership, 2018
At Harlem Academy in New York City, a schoolwide creed and baseline habits (such as "come prepared for the start of class with materials" and "follow teacher directions all the way, right away") provide a pathway for consistent behavior expectations throughout the school, allowing students to practice the same positive…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Teacher Expectations of Students, Instructional Leadership
Turner, Bret – Educational Leadership, 2018
Elementary school teacher Bret Turner uses storytelling as a way to build classroom community and inspire creativity with his students.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Creativity, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
Jung, Lee Ann; Smith, Dominique – Educational Leadership, 2018
Charts that keep (public) track of whether a student's behavior is in some equivalent of a red (problem), yellow, or green ("well-behaved") zone are ubiquitous in elementary schools. This strategy based on shaming students is due to be retired because (1) it promotes only compliance, not social-emotional learning; (2) charts don't teach…
Descriptors: Charts, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students
Ross, Flynn; Gendron, Marcia; Nogar, Dan; Queen, Marjorie – Educational Leadership, 2018
A high-poverty, previously low-performing elementary school in Maine shifted its from looking mainly at achievement and test scores to focusing on ways to create motivated, confident, engaged students. They created Rise and Shine, through which all 3rd-5th graders start each day with a fun, challenging activity chosen from a big menu--from…
Descriptors: Poverty, Low Achievement, Elementary Schools, Student Motivation
Fullan, Michael; Pinchot, Michelle – Educational Leadership, 2018
School change expert Michael Fullan and principal Michelle Pinchot collaborated on an experiment: As Pinchot tackled her first years turning around the culture of Heritage Elementary School in California--using ideas Fullan has promoted about school culture and leveraging teachers' power--she and Fullan checked in every few months on how the work…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Sustainability, Elementary School Teachers
Berg, Jill Harrison; Connolly, Christine; Lee, Abda; Fairley, Emmanuel – Educational Leadership, 2018
Educators at a turnaround school in Boston describe how they built a foundation for achievement gains by building and safeguarding relational trust among staff. The school, Henry Grew Elementary, focused in particular on fostering educators' readiness to trust, clarifying roles, and solidifying routines to support connection and risk-taking.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Risk, Elementary School Students, Teacher Role
Boyce, Kathleen; Rattien, Peter; Vildostegui-Cerra, Cristina – Educational Leadership, 2018
Our traditional professional development format at faculty meetings felt tired. While our schools--Constable and Monmouth Junction Elementary Schools in the South Brunswick School District in New Jersey--are known for their commitment to meaningful and innovative professional development for staff, weekly Monday faculty meetings didn't always…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Institutional Cooperation, Teacher Collaboration, Elementary School Teachers
Dodman, Stephanie; Zuidema, Emma; Kleiman, Amy – Educational Leadership, 2018
Action research empowers teachers to choose their own learning adventure based on their interests and needs. The process uses teachers' own questions about their work and about student learning--and transforms their classrooms into dynamic learning laboratories. As a group of teachers in one Title I elementary school demonstrate, this process can…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Action Research, Inquiry, Classroom Research
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