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Taranto, Greg; Abbondanza, Mark – Principal Leadership, 2009
Students, sometimes at very young ages, and increasing numbers of teachers are taking part in some form of social networking or collective collaboration by using mass communication technology. Club Penguin, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter are just a few examples that span a wide range of ages. This is no surprise, given that the current crop of…
Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Social Networks, Peer Acceptance, Educational Experience
Kolonay, Deborah J.; Kelly-Garris, Kathy – Principal Leadership, 2009
How does one build connections with students who do not feel they are part of the school community? Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, always seemed to have a number of students who felt no connection to the school or their classmates. They skipped class or didn't participate when they did attend. They were prime candidates…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Vocabulary Skills, Reading Skills, Reading Programs
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Hughes, Bill – Technology Teacher, 2009
The United States' poor performance in teaching math and science eliminates many of the best and brightest school children from the ranks of future scientists and engineers. With little chance to learn in school how science and math skills might translate into professionally useful knowledge, students are unable to make informed choices about…
Descriptors: Schools, Adult Education, Engineering, Mathematics Skills
Block, Debbie Galante – Teaching Music, 2009
Sometimes students don't think they're musical, and even if they do, they may still question how taking a music class now might help them in the future. Interdisciplinary teaching--an educational style that takes in elements of more than one subject at a time--can be a major help in such cases. In the words of Elizabeth Ann McAnally, general music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Music Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Napoli, Mary; Ritholz, Emily Rose – Voices from the Middle, 2009
Motivation is an essential component in developing a love of reading in middle level struggling students. For these readers, novels in verse bridge the gap to more challenging pieces of literature. In this article, Title One students explored Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson and learned that they, too, are poets. (Contains 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Poetry, Reading Motivation
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2008
Amid stepped-up school accountability pressures under the No Child Left Behind Act, many teachers appear to be adjusting how they do their jobs. However, principals and district leaders are not necessarily in control of those instructional changes, a new study concludes. Using data collected through surveys of math teachers, principals, and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Mathematics Teachers, Accountability, Researchers
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Niesz, Tricia – International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 2008
Although critical ethnographers have explored in some depth the ways that social critique informs how youth assess their schooling experiences, the implications of social critique by educators themselves have been of much less interest. Yet, numerous professional educational movements have been wrought from social critique or, at the very least,…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community Programs, Social Change, Ethnography
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Reilly, Edel – Middle School Journal (J3), 2008
Building strong bonds between home and school is one of National Middle School Association's (2003) 14 characteristics for successful middle schools set forth in "This We Believe". Getting teachers to actually believe in the value of parental involvement is not always easy. This article examines a range of key issues in the literature on…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2008
When the mayor and public school officials in the District of Columbia unveiled plans last month for converting Washington's middle and elementary schools to a pre-K-8 model, system leaders seemed confident the change would be good for students. After all, the school system has plenty of company. Since the late 1990s, districts in a growing number…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), School Organization
Herlihy, Corinne – National High School Center, 2007
The transition into high school is a critical point in the educational pipeline, and ninth-grade can be characterized as one of its leakiest junctures. This policy brief examines how some states and districts are currently easing the transition into high school for students. It focuses on five key challenges that states, districts and schools…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grade 9, Dropout Prevention, School Statistics
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Brown, Dave F.; Canniff, Mary – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
One of the most challenging daily experiences of teaching young adolescents is helping them transition from Piaget's concrete to the formal operational stage of cognitive development during the middle school years. Students who have reached formal operations can design and test hypotheses, engage in deductive reasoning, use flexible thinking,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Curriculum Design, Cognitive Processes, Adolescent Development
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Litowitz, Len S. – Technology Teacher, 2007
This article features the Conestoga Valley School District and its Technology Education program. Conestoga Valley, which is located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, covers 56 square miles comprising a population of approximately 29,000 people in an area that is best described as agricultural and rural-residential. Situated near the…
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, School Districts, Technology Education, Middle Schools
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Mirsky, Laura – Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, 2007
High levels of disruptive behavior, discipline referrals, and suspensions are among the symptoms of schools which have lost the bonds of respect. Educators face major challenges in transforming these school cultures. This article describes how restorative practices were implemented in certain southeastern Pennsylvania schools. The process of…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, School Culture, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement
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Weaver, Victoria; Coggins, Trisha; Little, Sara – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2006
Students in York County, Pennsylvania, live near Amish communities, and recognize the influence of Amish culture within their own lives through food, decorative arts, furniture, and quilts. The understanding of the cultural ideas used in Amish quilts, however, is not often explored. Two regional art educators, Trisha Coggins and Sara Little, were…
Descriptors: Religious Cultural Groups, Studio Art, Handicrafts, Units of Study
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Blaisdell, Mikael – T.H.E. Journal, 2006
It is the universal cry of parents the world over, driven mad by the persistent sight of their children investing hours and hours in mastering the many layers of a video game. To the parent, video games are the enemy, the nemesis of homework and learning. But the child sees something of value, something engaging enough to fill a weekend, to the…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Computer Simulation, Classrooms, Computer Graphics
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