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Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. – Teachers College Press, 2016
Tired of hearing about "complex text"? Bothered by the pushy messages about "challenge"? This book is for you! Unlike the many other materials on text complexity, this one focuses on specific comprehension skills that students need in order to really engage with text. This book will help elementary school teachers equip their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Markworth, Kimberly A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016
A "repeating pattern" is a cyclical repetition of an identifiable core. Children in the primary grades usually begin pattern work with fairly simple patterns, such as AB, ABC, or ABB patterns. The unique letters represent unique elements, whereas the sequence of letters represents the core that is repeated. Based on color, shape,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Mathematics Teachers
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Sen, Ülker – International Education Studies, 2016
The use of technology in the field of education makes the educational process more efficient and motivating. Technological tools are used for developing the communication skills of students and teachers in the learning process increasing the participation, supporting the peer, the realization of collaborative learning. The use of technology is…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
New York State Education Department, 2016
This technical report provides detailed information regarding the technical, statistical, and measurement attributes of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP) for the Grades 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics 2016 Operational Tests. This report includes information about test content and test development, item (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, English, Language Arts, Mathematics Tests
MDRC, 2015
In an increasingly technological world, developing basic math skills is crucial. Headlines regularly be-moan the international ranking of American students on math proficiency, and students from low-income families do worse in math than their more affluent peers. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in occupations…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Low Income Groups, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods
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Kling, Gina; Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
"That was the day I decided I was bad at math." Countless times, preservice and in-service teachers make statements such as this after sharing vivid memories of learning multiplication facts. Timed tests; public competitive games, such as Around the World; and visible displays of who has and has not mastered groups of facts still…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multiplication, Mathematics Skills
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Groth, Randall E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
Some statisticians have pointed out that the field of statistics essentially exists to study the variability seen in everyday life. Because variability is so foundational, the "Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education" (GAISE 2007), published by the American Statistical Association (ASA), recommend that teachers…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Common Core State Standards
Holloway, Jennifer – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this article the author describes how she teaches third and sixth grade classes about the six essential elements of geography at the beginning of each school year. The six elements organize the eighteen national standards and include: the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society, and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Grade 6
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Bleiler, Sarah K.; Baxter, Wesley A.; Stephens, D. Christopher; Barlow, Angela T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
Teachers who participated in a recent summer institute focused on implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Throughout the summer institute, teachers had many in-depth discussions about the meanings they attributed to the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs). In this article, the authors share some of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Academic Standards, Summer Programs, State Standards
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2015
The "KIDS COUNT Data Book" is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The…
Descriptors: Well Being, Child Welfare, Economic Factors, Access to Education
Briggs, Derek C.; Diaz-Bilello, Elena; Peck, Fred; Alzen, Jessica; Chattergoon, Rajendra; Johnson, Raymond – National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, 2015
This report describes the use of a Learning Progression Framework (LPF) to support the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) process. The report highlights a few common threats we currently see in the SLO process implemented at various states and districts, and offers the LPF as a possible solution for addressing these threats. This report was…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students
Chenoweth, Karin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
School districts shape the conditions in which schools operate and as such can support or undermine school success and thus student success. All of which is to say that school districts matter. This article looks at the success of two districts whose low-income and minority students beat the odds in academic achievement. Lessons from these…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement
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Hefty, Lukas J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (2000) outlines fi ve Process Standards that are essential for developing deep understanding of mathematics: (1) Problem Solving; (2) Reasoning and Proof; (3) Communication; (4) Connections; and (5) Representation. The Common Core…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Validity
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Manser, Michael James; Kilgo, John Wesley – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2015
This investigation-based lesson is geared toward third through fifth grade students. The lesson presented in this article was the first of three lessons designed and taught by us for our first preservice teaching course. UTeach is a teacher preparation program for undergraduate STEM majors, which originated at the University of Austin, Texas. The…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Haakmat, Martha – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2015
Martha Haakmat writes in this article that in some ways she understands why parents might have a harder time understanding why Montessori is education at its best, especially as their children progress past preschool. Haakmat goes on to say that the learning path at Montessori schools is more proactive. Montessori schools ask that parents partner…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Parent Participation
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