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Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Effective teachers are critical to raising achievement and closing long-standing gaps among student subgroups. Research on this point has become absolutely clear: Students who have three or four strong teachers in a row will soar academically, regardless of racial or economic background, while those who have a sequence of weak teachers will fall…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Distribution
Sparapani, Ervin F.; Seo, Byung-In; Smith, Deborah L. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) documents that the world has become increasingly multicultural and multilingual as international migration rates grow each year. The cultural and language diversity in the United States exemplifies this worldwide phenomenon. It is the authors' belief that teachers have…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Teacher Student Relationship, Multilingualism, Migration
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
How effective is a community's high school in educating its students? Drawing from the work of leading researchers and educators, the Alliance for Excellent Education has identified 10 key elements that every high school should have in place to ensure that all its students are successful. This checklist can help identify the strengths and…
Descriptors: Check Lists, High Schools, Community Schools, Community Involvement
Elias, Maurice, Ed. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
The application of social-emotional and character development (SECD) in classrooms is about teaching, practicing, and modeling essential personal and civic life habits and skills that are almost universally understood as making people good human beings. Among these habits are respect, responsibility, integrity, caring, fairness, and constructive…
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Integrity, Values Education, Moral Development
Delman, Douglas J. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Good classroom management is one of the most important goals teachers strive to establish from the first day of class. The rules, procedures, activities, and behaviors set the classroom tone throughout the school year. By revising, updating, and systemizing classroom management activities, teachers can eliminate many problems created by students…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation, Educational Environment
Varela, Alejandra M. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
Teachers often complain about the professional development opportunities. And it is not uncommon for absenteeism to increase among teachers and staff during in-service days. The biggest problem that professional development has encountered is that it is usually developed as an isolated requirement, with no real connection to daily teaching and…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Educational Opportunities, Active Learning, Novices
Veverka, Joy Brunt – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
At the beginning of each school term, bulletin boards sport fresh ideas and desks glisten, but will students entering the classroom have their expectations met? Will they be engaged in the learning? How can teachers utilize resources and enlist others to provide an even stronger and more effective learning environment? In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Kaye, Cathryn Berger – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
The green concept has tremendous value in schools, especially when it reflects the central purpose and mission of schools: educating young people to participate and civically engage in society. School communities that keep greening the school on the periphery of their awareness will reap advantages, but those that align this idea with the…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Research Methodology, Service Learning, Metacognition
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2008
Drawing from the work of leading researchers and educators from around the country, the Alliance for Excellent Education has identified 10 key elements that every high school should have in place to ensure that all its students are successful. The list includes challenging classes, a safe learning environment, and skilled teachers. Whether you are…
Descriptors: High Schools, Success, Educational Quality, School Effectiveness
Ratcliff, Nancy J.; Jones, Cathy R.; Costner, Richard H.; Savage-David, Emma; Hunt, Gilbert H. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Classrooms are complex societies. Teachers are the leaders of these societies and the way they exercise their leadership abilities greatly affects the interactions that take place between teachers and students as well as interactions between the students themselves. These interactions, both social and instructional, have a great impact on the…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Group Dynamics, Comparative Analysis, Classroom Environment
Munro, Susan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2008
Most state regulations for early childhood programs focus on structural aspects of classrooms: class size, teacher/child ratio, teachers' professional degrees, curriculum, and so forth. Those are not the critical factors, according to Robert Pianta, director of the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education and professor of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Toshalis, Eric; Nakkula, Michael J. – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
Figuring out what motivates and engages individual students is essential. Indeed, it is the prerequisite for implementing student-centered approaches to learning. However, today's teachers--confronting large class sizes, fast-paced academic calendars, and standardized assessments--face particular pressures to lump all students together and "teach…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Educational Change, Educational Experience, Learner Engagement
Pape, Liz – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
"Blended learning" is using online tools to communicate, collaborate, and publish, to extend the school day or year and to develop the 21st-century skills students need. With blended learning, teachers can use online tools and resources as part of their daily classroom instruction. Using many of the online tools and resources students already are…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Online Courses, Lifelong Learning, Teaching Methods
Berrett, Dan – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2012
In this article, the author discusses a teaching technique called "flipping" and describes how "flipping" the classroom can improve the traditional lecture. As its name suggests, flipping describes the inversion of expectations in the traditional college lecture. It takes many forms, including interactive engagement, just-in-time teaching (in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response), Misconceptions, Lecture Method
Hawkins, Beth – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2009
Twenty years ago, when the late Albert Shanker endorsed the notion of innovative schools operating outside conventional district bureaucracies, his aim was to put teachers at the helm. Today there are nearly 80 teacher-governed charter schools around the country. Although most are legally constituted as worker cooperatives, they better resemble…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Cooperatives, Principals, Teacher Collaboration
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