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Protheroe, Nancy – Principal, 2005
In seeking to answer the question, "Is there evidence that using instructional technology leads to higher levels of student learning?" this report examines research indicating that computer technology can improve student achievement when properly implemented. It identifies four principles that guide effective technology integration and examines…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
Wakefield, Alice P. – Principal, 2001
Constructivist teachers are guided by three basic principles when teaching math to young children. They encourage students to think about their answers, conceptualize how they resolved the problem, and represent their thinking with words, pictures, or symbols. Demonstrating mathematical logic is more important than memorizing rules. (MLH)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Early Childhood Education, Mathematical Logic, Memorization
Schonfeld, David J.; Quackenbush, Marcia – Principal, 2000
AIDS is a genuine concern for young schoolchildren, as a significant number begin having unprotected sex before completing elementary school. The most effective sex-education programs stress delaying the age of first intercourse and adopting safe sexual practices. Principals' supportive behaviors and prevention education tips are discussed. (MLH)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Communicable Diseases, Early Intervention, Elementary Education
Shore, Kenneth – Principal, 2000
Gifted elementary students need exposure to advanced concepts and materials without being segregated from classmates. Educators should avoid labeling students as gifted; assign independent projects, real-world problems, and high-quality literature; promote guided exploration and self-discovery; consider alternative settings; and find suitable…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Discovery Learning, Elementary Education
Bickart, Toni S.; Wolin, Sybil – Principal, 1997
Fostering resilience does not require elementary teachers to overburden the curriculum. Research shows that resiliency-fostering experiences occur when children are involved in assessing their own work and setting goals, participate in developing standards for work and classroom life, have opportunities to collaborate and make choices, participate…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Environment, Community, Cooperation
Carbo, Marie – Principal, 1996
Some children learn to read easily with phonics, and some do better with a whole-language approach. Principals should understand both systems and use the best of both, together with other effective reading programs. Teachers should balance their reading programs by providing structure for analytic students, reading to students, and relying on…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Elementary Education, Individualized Instruction, Phonics
Moore, G. Robert; Moore, Peggy – Principal, 1994
Presenting students with various unrelated, but exciting, demonstrations has little value unless they are connected to major areas of emphasis over a long period. Science specialists, exhibits, textbooks, and thematic units are helpful but seldom sufficient. Elementary science instruction should stress broad themes and greater indepth coverage of…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Guidelines, Instructional Improvement
Galen, Harlene – Principal, 1994
Debunks various myths and misperceptions concerning developmentally appropriate practices. Developmental appropriateness is a philosophy, not a curriculum. Despite using alternative learning strategies such as guided play, teachers are in control, facilitate real academic learning, and build on what they already know. DAP is universal and can…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Misconceptions
Newport, John F. – Principal, 1990
With so many different types of elementary science curriculum materials available, it is ironic that school officials continue to spend thousands each year on materials packaged in textbook format. These educators are purchasing a support system for the least effective, most harmful method of teaching science. Includes eight references. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
Mondschein, Virginia M.; Kunz, Wayne P. – Principal, 1990
Law-related education works best when teachers abandon manuals and prepackaged teaching modules for teaching strategies that tap each student's prior knowledge and relevant life experiences. Ten themes are suggested, along with six teaching components (knowledge competencies, motivating and learning activities, curriculum correlation, relation to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Legal Education (Professions)
Levine, Sarah L. – Principal, 1983
Math teaching involves more development of computational skills than problem solving and concept analysis. Presented are four areas to consider in attacking the problem. (MD)
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum
Pratt, Harold; Hackett, Jay – Principal, 1998
The National Science Education Standards "Science as Inquiry" recommendations include developing student abilities to conduct inquiry and enhancing students' understandings about scientific inquiry. Standards also call for inquiry-based teaching aimed at understanding subject matter and ability to conduct scientific inquiry. A…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Grade 2
Passaro, Perry; Myers, Dean – Principal, 1996
Baseball is a practical teaching tool that both educators and students can relate to. Despite popular misconceptions, baseball offers sound educational methodologies, and its concepts and practices provide a model for effective teaching. Coaches have high performance expectations, measure success against specific outcomes, allow increased practice…
Descriptors: Baseball, Elementary Education, Expectation, Experiential Learning
Gabbard, Carl – Principal, 1995
Play and well-designed motor activities may be ideal media to facilitate young children's learning. Last year, the Council on Physical Education for Children produced a position statement contrasting developmentally appropriate and inappropriate practices in 25 program components, including curriculum, teaching strategies, motor skills…
Descriptors: Developmental Programs, Movement Education, Physical Education, Physical Fitness