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Baloche, Lynda; And Others – English Journal, 1993
Describes various group discussion activities for fostering discussion skills in the English classroom. Discusses "fishbowls" and "creative controversies." Outlines the five basic elements of any cooperative lesson plan. Shows how teachers can successfully implement cooperative learning in the classroom. (HB)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Cooperative Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Curriculum
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Shanley, Roger W. – English Journal, 2006
In this article, the author explains why he considers "Animal Dreams" by Barbara Kingsolver, "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, and "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan as the most desirable books for students. He cites that several questions guide him in selecting these books. These questions include the following: (1) Why recommend certain texts to…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Learning Activities, Class Activities, Educational Opportunities
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Atkins, Janet – English Journal, 2010
Today, teachers and administrators are continuing to recognize that learning is a social function, and that students do indeed learn better when working with others. The author agrees with this concept, but she wants to sigh deeply when she hears of one more person or company who has marketed the best approach to collaboration in the classroom. In…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Cooperation, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment
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Thomas, P. L., Ed. – English Journal, 2009
Two decades have passed since Frank Smith's "Joining the Literacy Club: Further Essays into Education," and educators can make two relatively safe comments: (1) Smith's call for recognizing and honoring the social nature of literacy growth has been largely overshadowed by pursuits of accountability, and (2) Smith is right: Literacy "learning is…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Influence of Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning
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DelliCarpini, Margo, Ed. – English Journal, 2009
Several issues make standardized assessment of ELLs a challenge and the information provided by these assessments unreliable. However, as educators, they do need to know how students are doing, what gains they are making, where gaps in their understanding exist, and what types of instructional strategies and topics need to be introduced to…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Performance Based Assessment, Language Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Thomas, P. L. – English Journal, 2012
Literary criticism in the form of the so-called book report, may, therefore, wrote Stephen Bloore in 1934, "be a most valuable aid to independent thought if it is not used merely to check up on the books supposedly read by a student". For a century, "English Journal" has been a map and a narrative of the discourse about teaching ELA as well as the…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Powers, Beth Haverkamp – English Journal, 2009
The author helps some kids make personal connections to what can seem irrelevant within the confines of classroom and curriculum. Interestingly, though, the most meaningful connections she has made with students have come not through quirky English teaching, but through her extracurricular interloping into the realm of social studies. The most…
Descriptors: English Teachers, English Instruction, English Curriculum, Rhetoric
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McCann, Thomas M., Ed.; Johannessen, Larry, Ed. – English Journal, 2009
This article presents the story and reflection of Jennifer Ritter who shares two critical elements in the process of induction into the world of teaching English. She reminds teachers that the matching of student teacher and cooperating teacher is seldom the result of the extended scrutiny of the attributes of the prospective teacher and the…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Mentors, English Teachers, Cooperating Teachers
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VanDeWeghe, Rick – English Journal, 2005
In the book "Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning", Peter H. Johnson illuminates the power of classroom discourse and encourages us to become more conscious of and reflective about what we say and how we say it. Johnson presents five categories of classroom discourse with a chapter on each.
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Language Usage, Interpersonal Communication, Teacher Responsibility
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Perry, Tonya – English Journal, 2005
Teachers make conscious decisions to form professional learning communities where they gather to work, think, and problematize, and celebrate together. Community members understand how varied connotations and needs derive from different life experiences. It is essential to remember that individuals can still claim community membership if they…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Group Membership
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Duxbury, Alec R. – English Journal, 2008
Time and opportunity to discover truths are essential in education. Discovery takes repetition and trial and error. Discovery crosses intellectual and disciplinary boundaries as well. What is learned through the diverse experiences of one's academic and individual lives will pollinate each other if there is room left for discovery. The tyranny of…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Writing Processes
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Thomas, P. L. – English Journal, 2011
In this high-accountability era--one in which there is an expanding movement to condemn teachers for the failures of their schools--teachers teach students who believe writing is primarily an act of complying to a prompt, likely for a state accountability assessment or the troubling 25-minute essay that constitutes less than half of the writing…
Descriptors: Accountability, Writing Instruction, Best Practices, Educational Practices
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Hooley, Diana – English Journal, 2007
One of the most important educational objectives of high school is to teach critical-thinking skills, and no class does this better than strategic debate. Professor Mike Allen, lead author in a definitive study on debate and critical thinking, lauded debate's promotion of critical-thinking skills. Additionally, researcher Joe Bellon discusses the…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Critical Thinking, High Schools, Thinking Skills
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English Journal, 2012
Consistent with National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE's) commitment to establishing and maintaining equitable school practices, this resolution builds on the 2010 NCTE Resolution on Social Justice in Literacy Education--in particular, the efforts to support teaching about "social injustice and discrimination in all its forms." NCTE urge…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Literacy Education, Bullying, English
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Greene, Katie; Albers, Peggy – English Journal, 2012
The past 100 years of "English Journal" have positioned students and teachers in a variety of ways. As the authors embarked on exploring issues in the constructions of students in "EJ", they found that some concerns that teachers raised about English and English education resonated in their own classrooms and experiences as students and teachers.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, English Instruction
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