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Smink, Jeff – Educational Leadership, 2012
Summer school makes an unlikely candidate for a bright spot in education reform during these difficult economic times. It occupies a long-held negative place in U.S. culture, prompting dread in the hearts of many former and current students. Summer school conjures up images of sitting in hot classrooms and receiving remedial instruction while…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Schools, Educational Change, Remedial Instruction
Tucker, Catlin – Educational Leadership, 2015
The author, an outspoken advocate for using technology in the classroom, knows how important it is to establish expectations for responsible use of mobile devices. She's found that five strategies help ensure that mobile devices enhance, rather than distract from, learning. Teachers need to establish new norms that clarify responsible use,…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Computer Uses in Education, Classroom Techniques, Sharing Behavior
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Bluestein, Jane – Educational Leadership, 2011
The win-win approach to solving conflicts, which has become popular in the business world, should be a natural for the school environment. Win-win thinking can foster a cooperative school climate by meeting educators' and students' needs for dignity, belonging, and respect. Yet win-win thinking faces a number of obstacles in schools, writes…
Descriptors: Discipline, Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Educational Environment
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Powell, William; Kusuma-Powell, Ochan – Educational Leadership, 2012
Now that many schools are developing curriculums thoughtfully linked to standards--including benchmarks for achievement--many teachers wrestle with this question: Can we still make room for individualized instruction? The authors, who have taught at diverse international schools in many countries, believe the answer is yes. They argue that under…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Curriculum Development, Academic Standards, Individualized Instruction
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Educational Leadership, 2011
This article presents prominent educators who describe the most important quality of an effective teacher. Sonia Nieto, professor at Emerita, Language, Literacy, and Culture University of Massachusetts, argues that in this age of hubris and shameless self-promotion, humility is an essential quality for teachers to have. Joseph Semadeni, fifth…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Best Practices, Educational Strategies
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Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J. – Educational Leadership, 2005
Early childhood education must bolster basic cognitive and social-emotional competencies to prepare children for authentic learning. The preschool educators should view academic skills and concepts as valuable tools in the process of developing essential competencies.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cognitive Development, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Steinbacher-Reed, Christina; Powers, Elizabeth A. – Educational Leadership, 2012
Ironically, at a time when coaching seems to have come into its own as a way to improve teacher practice, school districts across the United States are experiencing funding cuts and eliminating coaching positions. The threats that budget woes pose to established school coaching programs led the authors to ask themselves what practices schools and…
Descriptors: Reading Consultants, School Personnel, Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development
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Marshall, Kim – Educational Leadership, 2012
As many states and districts rethink teacher supervision and evaluation, the team at the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has analyzed thousands of lesson videotapes and studied the shortcomings of current practices. The tentative conclusion: Teachers should be evaluated on three…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), Video Technology, Teacher Supervision
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Richardson, Will – Educational Leadership, 2013
The author of this article writes about how this moment of technological explosion raises a host of important questions for education leaders that speak directly to the way people think about the potentials of technology in school.The author asserts that if technology is seen simply as additive, the questions will be about the technology: Should…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Learning Processes, Technological Advancement, Literacy
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Brandt, Ron – Educational Leadership, 1987
Developing cooperative structures such as cooperative learning in classrooms, collegial teacher support groups, and collegial administrative relationships within the district will contribute to school effectiveness. Necessary elements are positive interdependence, face-to-face interaction, individual accountability, social skills, and group…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews
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Vatterott, Cathy – Educational Leadership, 2014
No one teaches a toddler how to walk. No one moves his legs for him. We encourage him to stand, applaud his first step, and tell him it's OK when he falls. Yet when it comes to academic learning, writes Cathy Vatterott, we often fail to appreciate children's inborn desire for mastery or to trust their self-knowledge of how to get there.…
Descriptors: Homework, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Student Responsibility
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Santa, Anne – Educational Leadership, 2007
Recess gives children the freedom and the time to explore the natural world, socialize, and exercise. But in many school systems, recess time is shrinking to make time for test preparation. In support of recess, Anne Santa cites research showing that recess breaks can actually improve learning because student attentiveness improves after a break.…
Descriptors: Physical Fitness, Recess Breaks, Leisure Time, Conflict Resolution
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Dobbertin, Cheryl Becker – Educational Leadership, 2012
What if teachers not only made clear the learning expectations at the start of each unit, but also helped students see where they stand in relation to those expectations? Students would realize what specific skills and understandings they most needed to work on and would clearly see the need for differentiation in the class. Dobbertin describes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Expectations of Students, Skill Development, Individualized Instruction
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Scherer, Marge – Educational Leadership, 2011
In this EL interview, Karen Cator, the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, talks about ways to realize the potential of technology to transform education. She discusses what students need: their own digital devices for classroom use, the ability to use the information they access, the skills to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Technology, Interviews, Technology Uses in Education
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Gabrieli, Chris – Educational Leadership, 2012
In a time of resource challenges, many educators see the cost of expanding learning time as a barrier. However, with at least 1,000 schools across the United States currently expanding learning time, data show that schools can implement the approach cost effectively. Expanded learning time schools manage three levers that both build quality…
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Federal Programs, Partnerships in Education, Academic Achievement
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