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Tucker, Catlin – Educational Leadership, 2016
The minute students first step into any classroom, they begin assessing the environment, the teacher, and one another for clues about what to expect in the upcoming school year. Yet what do they usually encounter the first day? A teacher who's busy assigning seats, reviewing rules, and assessing various skills. However, it is during this time that…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Environment, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods
Skinker, Cherish R. – Educational Leadership, 2016
In this essay, veteran high school teacher Cherish R. Skinker recounts how she connected with hard-to-reach, struggling students in her 9th grade English classes. In a supportive classroom environment, Skinker's students explored the year-long theme of "a hero's journey" through texts like "The Odyssey" and "Romeo and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Grade 9, High School Students, English Instruction
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Burris, Carol Corbett; Murphy, John – Educational Leadership, 2014
The authors, pioneers in detracking and in shrinking achievement gaps, pose a question: Is it possible to have all students in a large high school successfully complete a challenging curriculum that gives them practice in the habits and skills necessary for success in college? The answer, they say, "is a resounding yes." This article…
Descriptors: College Preparation, High School Students, Secondary School Curriculum, High Schools
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Dawson, Peg – Educational Leadership, 2010
Child psychologist Peg Dawson explains that some students who appear to be lazy simply lack the executive skills they need to stay organized and get their work done. She tells the story of Josh, a student with attention problems whose academic performance started plummeting in middle school. With the help of a coach, Josh learned to manage his…
Descriptors: Time Management, Study Skills, Child Psychology, Student Motivation
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Cushman, Kathleen – Educational Leadership, 2006
New 9th graders reflect on the worries they had as middle school students about moving into high school. They also suggest ways of easing the transition and providing support in 9th grade. Teens want teachers to connect middle school students regularly with high school students, give them more responsibility in middle school, and focus on…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Middle School Students, High Schools, Transitional Programs