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Bailey, Rebecca; Stickle, Laura; Brion-Meisels, Gretchen; Jones, Stephanie M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Many schools and out-of-school organizations use social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to boost students' skills. Yet research shows that these programs can be difficult to implement and don't always meet students' needs. In response, Rebecca Bailey, Laura Stickle, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Stephanie Jones propose a new approach to SEL…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Summer Programs, Elementary School Students
Wolf, Maryanne – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Because reading is not a natural process like language, young learners must be taught to read. Knowledge about how the reading brain develops has critical implications for understanding which teaching methods to use and helps reconceptualize previous debates. In this excerpt from "Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World",…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Brain, Teaching Methods, Decoding (Reading)
Brown, Lyn Mikel; Flaumenhaft, Jenny – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Lyn Mikel Brown and Jenny Flaumenhaft describe the use of student-centered principles to engage in curricular reform in an under-resourced rural elementary school. With a specific focus on student empowerment and self-determination, and in collaboration with students and teachers, Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) integrated…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Rural Schools
Reynolds, Arthur J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Arthur Reynolds describes the significance, development, and effects of preschool to 3rd grade approaches. This school reform strategy integrates services and supports transitions, thereby increasing achievement, sustaining gains, and realistically reducing achievement gaps. Evidence from the Child-Parent Center (CPC) program is reviewed to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Early Childhood Education, Achievement Gap, Instructional Effectiveness
Gargroetzi, Emma C.; Chavez, Rosa D.; Munson, Jen; Langer-Osuna, Jennifer M.; Lange, Kimiko E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Collaborative learning requires a lot of talk. Although not all student talk may be related to the task at hand, some off-task talk is actually productive, as it enables students to negotiate how they will work together, gain attention of fellow group members, and draw others into joining the work. Emma C. Gargroetzi, Rosa D. Chavez, Jen Munson,…
Descriptors: Attention, Time on Task, Interpersonal Communication, Grade 4
Vaughn, Margaret – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The development of agency is often described as critically important for all students. Countless school mission statements speak of the need to help young people become independent thinkers, for example. Colleges and universities expect high school graduates to be self-driven learners. And business leaders are forever calling upon K-12 education…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Guidelines, Concept Formation
Saclarides, Evthokia Stephanie; Lubienski, Sarah Theule – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a recent qualitative coaching study of a single district, Evthokia Stephanie Saclarides and Sarah Theule Lubienski observed tensions within a coaching structure in which teachers had to be the ones to initiate professional development with a coach. Specifically, the Teacher's Choice structure heightened coaches' difficulties gaining access to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Barriers, Interpersonal Relationship
Reznitskaya, Alina; Wilkinson, Ian A. G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Learning how to formulate, comprehend, and evaluate arguments is an essential part of helping students develop the ability to make better, more reasonable judgments. The Common Core identified argumentation as a fundamental life skill that is broadly important for the literate person. According to the authors, having students engage in an inquiry…
Descriptors: Ethics, Common Core State Standards, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students
Valadez, Gilbert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Gilbert Valadez recalls how, when he was a 1st grade teacher, he worked with a student to overcome a situation related to her gender identity. He suggests that any teacher working in public school adopt an inclusive attitude about all students and help students become comfortable with their own gender expressions.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Public School Teachers, Homosexuality
Reischl, Catherine H.; Khasnabis, Debi; Karr, Kevin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative (MSTLC) is a vigorous, six-year-old partnership between two Title I schools--Mitchell Elementary School and Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, Mich.--and the teacher education program at the University of Michigan. MSTLC was formed between educators who had related but quite different…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle Schools
Lindt, Suzanne F.; Miller, Stacia C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Incorporating movement into elementary school lessons in reading, math, and other subjects can boost students' interest and academic learning while also helping them meet recommendations for daily involvement in physical activity. In a recent study, researchers found that students in classrooms where movement was integrated into regular lessons,…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Motion, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods
Mackin, Eileen; Mackin, Robert; Obremski, John; McKie, Katherine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Like many school systems in economically stressed parts of the country, the Everett, Mass., school district had cut back on arts instruction over the years, to the point where most students were getting only a single art class per week. But since 2013, and thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Everett has designed and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grants, Federal Aid, Elementary Schools
Kaplan, Michael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2011, the directors of the Phoenix Symphony came up with a bold plan to improve and expand their community outreach programs. Inspired by the growing movement to integrate the arts with the other subjects in the K-12 curriculum, they created a thriving program called Mind Over Music, which pairs professional musicians with local elementary…
Descriptors: Music Activities, Outreach Programs, Art Education, Music Education
Smith, Eleanor K.; Pastor, Margaret – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Project-based learning presents an opportunity to engage both struggling students and high-achieving students. A special education teacher and a principal describe how this worked in one school by sharing the stories of two very different elementary school students. The high-achieving student learned to be more creative and take risks; the…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Special Education Teachers
Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
The author tells the story of a 5th-grade teacher who challenges her class to take on self-identities as readers. Students defined seven characteristics of what it means to be a good reader and considered whether those characteristics applied to them: Good readers read for fun, talk about books, usually finish the book they're reading, can relate…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Skills, Individual Characteristics
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