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Linik, Joyce Riha – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
At a middle school, English language learners "beg" to take quizzes via iPod, engaging in interactive language arts exercises that seem more game than test. In a high school classroom, students write, videotape, and edit public service announcements, documentaries, and films. Students from the Seattle metropolitan area create stories via…
Descriptors: Literacy, Teaching Methods, Information Skills, Knowledge Economy
Linik, Joyce Riha – Northwest Education, 2002
At a Spokane (Washington) elementary school, ethnically diverse students perform well even though most come from difficult, low-income family environments. High expectations, student behavioral "self-management," a supportive environment, and teacher collaboration are key to this success. Multiple approaches to teaching cater to…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Discipline, Diversity (Student), Educational Environment
Linik, Joyce Riha – Northwest Education, 2001
In Walla Walla (Washington), an award-winning teacher mentoring program has boosted the new-teacher retention rate to 93 percent. With state funding, the program assigns each new teacher a "peer coach" and a "peer mentor," then provides training and support for all concerned. The program has become a good recruitment and…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Collegiality, Elementary Secondary Education
Linik, Joyce Riha – Northwest Education, 2000
A federal grant enabled the Tacoma (Washington) school district to hire additional first-grade teachers, provide ongoing staff development, and encourage teacher collaboration. In smaller classes, children are more focused, get the attention they need, and present fewer discipline problems. Relationships with parents have also improved. A sidebar…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Grade 1
Linik, Joyce Riha – Northwest Education, 1998
Describes techniques used in a multi-age class at Coupeville Elementary School, Washington, to boost reading comprehension and inspire students' love of books: access to an abundance of books, challenges to students, skills reinforcement, combined phonics and whole-language instruction, running-record assessment, paired reading, independent…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Literature Appreciation, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction