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Moule, Jean – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
Unconscious biases affect one's relationships, whether they are fleeting relationships in airports or longer term relationships between teachers and students, teachers and parents, teachers and other educators. In this article, the author argues that understanding one's possible biases is essential for developing community in schools.…
Descriptors: Collegiality, Social Bias, Educational Environment, Consciousness Raising
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Supporters of K-12 arts education often make the case that when students study music, dance, theatrical performance, and the visual arts, they tend to improve in the academic subjects as well. But, as Lois Hetland explains, that's not the best way to advocate for greater investments in arts instruction. In fact, a careful analysis of a vast amount…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Art Education, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a time of hyperpolarization and hyper partisanship, preparing students to deliberate about their differences becomes even more important. In this interview, Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of The Political Classroom, describes the challenge of ensuring that students have access to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Administrator Attitudes
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Over the past two decades, researchers have gathered a wealth of evidence showing the critical roles that emotional intelligence plays in education, work, and life. But what does it look like to translate that research into practice? In this interview, Yale University's Marc Brackett takes stock of recent efforts to help K-12 educators address the…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Elementary Secondary Education
Suskind, Dorothy C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author, a 5th-grade teacher at an independent boys' school, gives a first-person account of how her constant assessments and requirement that her students be active participants in their own learning gainsays the need for high-stakes, standardized testing. She posits a "living assessment" that is intertwined, interactive and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Active Learning, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
Lewis-Moreno, Betsy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
Teachers who are not well prepared for ELL students struggle to address their needs in the classroom: How can I teach the students if I don't speak their language? What do I do when the students don't understand? If myths and misconceptions about those learning a new language are accepted, the type and quality of instruction for ELL students can…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Inclusive Schools, Educational Quality
Knapp, Clifford E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1993
Wigginton's Foxfire program requires that students and teachers collaborate on important, intriguing issues and use certain experiential methods to address and assess them. Wigginton handed out copies of Georgia's 92 language arts objectives to his ninth and tenth graders and allowed them considerable flexibility in learning them. Cooperative…
Descriptors: Audiences, Cooperative Learning, Democratic Values, Educational Environment
Howlett, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 2008
In this article, the author argues that teaching "technological literacy" at the expense of hands-on skills training is wrong for the students, wrong for the economy, and wrong for the nation. Students need not only the opportunity to explore a variety of trade skills but also the opportunity to learn a skill well. It is in the teaching…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Industrial Arts, Educational Opportunities, Skill Development
Stiggins, Richard J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Argues that balance between assessment of learning, which is being practiced, and assessment for learning, which is not, are essential to maximize student achievement. Suggests a plan of action to actuate assessment for learning. (Contains 10 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning
Booth, Margaret Zoller; Booth, Grace Marie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
A mother and daughter share their insights on what American schools can learn about cooperative, student-centered, problem-solving approaches to instruction from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books. (Contains 11 references.) (PKP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Problem Solving, Student Centered Curriculum
Parker, Walter C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
In light of Martin Rochester's questioning of his earlier article, in this article the author clarifies his positions and reiterates his belief in the essential connection between public education and the viability of democracy. He does thank Martin Rochester for his interest in "Teaching Against Idiocy." However, in this article, he addresses…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Social Studies, Values Education, Public Education
Connors, John – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
The principles that drive No Child Left Behind (NCLB) are fundamentally flawed, and though it might achieve some good in the Third World conditions of America's worst schools, in places accustomed to success, performance levels will inevitably decline as all concerned discover that mediocrity has become the new excellence. This is a lesson the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Restructuring, Educational Change, Educational Practices
Hubbard, Russ – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
In this article, the author makes a distinction between two kinds of change: tinkering change and systemic change. Tinkering change includes reforms intended to address a specific deficiency or practice. Such tinkering change can be contrasted to what Shakespeare termed "sea change" in "The Tempest" ("a sea change into something rich and strange")…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Systems Approach, Role of Education, Compulsory Education
O'Keeffe, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
In praise of isolation: Who says professional learning communities (PLCs) are a better way? The author says the PLC trend is but the latest education fad that is not helping teachers or students. PLCs, says the author, represents an administrative, clinical ideal of collaboration. He blames legions of high-paid consultants, and says that all along…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Faculty Development, Educational Innovation, Reputation
Shaw, Robert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Students in Mr. Shaw's classes used to be free to discover the joy of reading books of their own choosing. But that kind of spontaneity is vanishing under No Child Left Behind. This article describes the classroom library Mr. Shaw has built throughout the years and the joy it has brought to his students and their learning.
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Federal Legislation, Educational Change, Reading Instruction
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