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Jones, Stephanie M.; Bailey, Rebecca; Jacob, Robin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Research tells us that children's social-emotional development can propel learning. A new program, SECURe, embeds that research into classroom management strategies that improve teaching and learning. Across all classrooms and grade levels, four principles of effective management are constant: Effective classroom management is based in…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Social Development, Emotional Development, Teacher Improvement
Reznitskaya, Alina; Wilkinson, Ian A. G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Learning how to formulate, comprehend, and evaluate arguments is an essential part of helping students develop the ability to make better, more reasonable judgments. The Common Core identified argumentation as a fundamental life skill that is broadly important for the literate person. According to the authors, having students engage in an inquiry…
Descriptors: Ethics, Common Core State Standards, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students
Jacobs, Charlotte E.; Kuriloff, Peter J.; Cox, Amanda B. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
If educators want to engage girls in learning, they must align teaching practices with girls' specific needs. In a study modeled after Reichert and Hawley's study of boys, the authors learned that lessons with hands-on learning, elements of creativity, multimodal projects, and class discussions all worked to stimulate girls'…
Descriptors: Females, Gender Differences, Learner Engagement, Student Needs
Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Abbas, Bridget; DiCicco, Michael; Denmon, Jennifer M.; Sabella, Laura; Hart, Jennifer – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
Through establishing caring relationships with adolescents, secondary teachers cultivate classroom communities that propagate care and promote academic success. Developing a caring classroom community begins on the first day of school and continues throughout the school year. In such communities, educators establish a safe and academic-focused…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment
Hathaway, Nan E.; Jaquith, Diane B. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Leading education thinker Sir Ken Robinson says transformation is essential to bring creative thinking into schools and recommends three major changes: Dispense with subject hierarchy, focus on curricular disciplines instead of subjects, and elevate personalization. Change will come when students take ownership of their learning to fit their needs…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Transformative Learning
Van Ryzin, Mark J.; Roseth, Cary J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As children reach adolescence, peer groups gain special power to influence their behavior, and young people tend to adapt their behavior to fit group norms. When students engage in bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, and other behavior, those in their peer group are more likely to engage in those behaviors as well. The authors sought to evaluate…
Descriptors: Peer Influence, Student Behavior, Peer Teaching, Cooperative Learning
Nazareno, Lori – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Everybody complains about a lack of time in school, but few are prepared to do anything about it. Laying the foundation before making such a shift is essential to the success of the change. Once a broad-based team has been chosen to do the work, they can follow a process explained in four steps with the apt acronym of T.I.M.E.: Taking stock,…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task, School Schedules, Scheduling
Gibbs, Brian – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
This article describes one secondary social studies teacher's attempts to build a pedagogically democratic classroom. The teacher designs curriculum around large essential questions, connects content to the present lives of students, and creates space for students to make their own decisions and choices. The teacher is convinced that she has…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Studies, Classroom Techniques
Magaña, Alex; Saab, Michelle; Svoboda, Valerie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2012, things were not looking good for Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver, Colorado. Enrollment numbers were declining, students were not reaching required academic levels, and the Denver Public Schools district designated the school as on watch. By implementing a plan that emphasized expanded learning opportunities--adding five hours to the…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Extended School Day
Washor, Elliot; Mojkowski, Charles; Newsom, Loran – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
The physical, psychological, cultural, social, and organizational elements of a learning environment are as important as the learning opportunities themselves. The Apple Store blends retail and school into a new type of learning environment that lets the customer learn anything, at any time, at any level, from experts, expert practitioners, and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Educational Environment, Retailing, Computers
Preston, Teresa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
This exploration of the "Phi Delta Kappan" archives shows the magazine's long history of addressing issues of sex and gender in schools. Past articles have covered the professional roles of men and women, the education needs of boys and girls, sex education programs, and the treatment of LGBTQ+ teachers and students. The magazine's…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Gender Differences, Sexual Identity, Professional Identity
Medin, Douglas L.; Bang, Megan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Culture plays a large but often unnoticeable role in what we teach and how we teach children. We are a country of immense diversity, but in classrooms the dominant European-American culture has become the language of learning.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Culture, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Education
Wardrip, Peter; Evancho, Jeffrey; McNamara, Annie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
A question like "what do you want your children to be like when they leave your class?" seems simple on the surface, but it quickly becomes complex when teachers are asked to name, prioritize, and document the kinds of student learning and engagement they value most. This article shares the ongoing work of a regional learning community…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Browne, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A new RAND Corporation study shows that voluntary summer programs can benefit children from low-income families, particularly those with high attendance. Programs studied in five school districts had several elements in common: a mix of academics and enrichment activities, certified teachers, small class sizes, full-day programming provided five…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Strategies, Program Implementation
Poplin, Mary; Rivera, John; Durish, Dena; Hoff, Linda; Kawell, Susan; Pawlak, Pat; Hinman, Ivannia Soto; Straus, Laura; Veney, Cloetta – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
A study of 31 high-performing teachers in low-performing urban schools found that these teachers had certain traits in common. They were strict; they taught in traditional, explicit ways; there was little time in their classrooms when instruction was not occurring; and they moved around the room helping their students. They used very few…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Cooperative Learning, Constructivism (Learning)
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