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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2020
Studies indicate thoughtfully planned chants integrated with shared book reading help young children remember concepts and vocabulary they hear in literature, capture children's imagination, develop their rhyming acuity, and background knowledge, and increase their sense of story structure, understanding of story sequence, phonological awareness,…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Phonological Awareness, Memory, Auditory Perception
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2017
In this semester-long, phenomenological case study the author investigated graduate education majors' development of relational care (i.e., dispositions of concern, sensitivity, attention, and commitment to students and their needs) as they engaged in service-learning tutoring connected to a required writing methods course. The author wanted to…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Writing Instruction, Phenomenology, Case Studies
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Richards, Janet C. – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2016
Contemplating one's teaching has long been an essential part of teacher education. Accordingly, as an instructor of a literacy methods course with a tutoring component, I asked education majors in the class to send me weekly e-mail reflections about their teaching experiences. However, they had difficulty considering their lessons. I knew poetry…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Education Majors, Reflection, Poetry
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2015
Teachers who meet Common Core recommendations about teaching with multicultural literature need to recognize the traditions, values, and customs of various cultures so they can make sound decisions about the authenticity of the books they select for their students. Furthermore, teachers who support students' literacy achievements with exemplary…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Literature, Common Core State Standards, Books
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Richards, Janet C.; Succar, Christiana Cobb – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2017
Contemplating one's teaching is an essential part of teacher education. As instructors of a methods course with a tutoring component, we asked education majors in the class to author weekly e-mail reflections about their teaching experiences. However, they had difficulty considering their lessons. The authors knew poetry stimulated introspections.…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Student Teachers, Reflective Teaching, Electronic Mail
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2013
"Listen with your heart. But, remember listening with your heart sometimes means you cannot sleep at night because you are worried about your students" (Education majors' e-mail reflection following 7th week of service-learning tutoring). "I honestly feel like I'm making a difference in these students' lives. The most difficult…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Writing Instruction, Graduate Students, Tutoring
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2012
In this essay I pose questions to literacy teacher educators and classroom teachers to inspire them to review their epistemological beliefs about teaching, learning, and knowledge. I also provide some history of transdisciplinarity, and introduce readers to "Miss Smith", a composite of five middle school teachers who hold a transdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Educators, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
Richards, Janet C. – Online Submission, 2011
For five years I have supervised a summer literacy camp that connects graduate education majors with students from diverse ethnicities. Each summer I noted I inadequately challenged the education majors to extend their knowledge, examine their attitudes, and expand their abilities to offer culturally responsive literacy instruction to students in…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Graduate Study, Teacher Educators, Ethnic Diversity
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Richards, Janet C. – Qualitative Report, 2011
There is a sparse body of literature about students' and instructors' experiences in graduate qualitative courses. In this study, 11 doctoral students and one instructor employed a narrative framework to uncover our perceived truths about our experiences as we interacted, studied, pondered, and journeyed through a qualitative research methods…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Graduate Study
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Richards, Janet C. – Qualitative Report, 2010
Few inquiries have investigated master's students in education as they mentor preservice teachers. In this embedded case study I explored the professional development of 15 master's students as they mentored 35 preservice teachers for eight weeks in a summer literacy camp. Data sources were e-mail exchanges, written reports, and transcriptions…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Focus Groups, Professional Development
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Studies indicate thoughtfully planned chants integrated with shared book reading help young children remember concepts and vocabulary they hear in literature, capture children's imagination, develop their rhyming acuity, and background knowledge, and increase their sense of story structure, understanding of story sequence, phonological awareness,…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Phonological Awareness, Young Children, Memory
Richards, Janet C.; Lassonde, Cynthia A. – Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley, 2011
The 25 mini-lessons provided in this book are designed to develop students' self-regulated writing behaviors and enhance their self-perceived writing abilities. These foundational writing strategies are applicable and adaptable to all primary students: emergent, advanced, English Language Learners, and struggling writers. Following the SCAMPER…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Cues, Writing Strategies, Form Classes (Languages)
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2006
Middle school teachers recognize the importance of students reading historical literature with a critical perspective. Teachers who support students' critical literacy abilities offer all dimensions of a standard language arts program, but they also encourage students to recognize connections between their lives and the lives of real or imagined…
Descriptors: History, Fiction, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking
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Richards, Janet C. – Qualitative Report, 2006
As part of course requirements twenty-eight preservice teachers in a field-based content reading course created a series of self-portraits that illustrated their concerns and perceptions about teaching content reading. They accompanied their drawings with dialogue. Analysis of the portraits indicates that arts-based techniques have the potential…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Content Area Reading, Reading Strategies, Evaluation Methods
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Richards, Janet C. – Qualitative Report, 2006
This inquiry applied an innovative sociocultural framework to examine transformations in preservice teachers' professional development as they worked with children at-risk in a summer literacy camp. The camp incorporated a community of practice model in which teams of masters and doctoral students mentored small groups of preservice teachers. The…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Professional Development, Sociocultural Patterns, Children
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