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Mann, Michele J.; Pynes, D'Anna – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, Mann and Pynes describe a five-day mini-project-based learning (PBL) unit about organisms and their environments that addresses the "Next Generation Science Standards" (3-LS4-3). Third-grade students were asked how they could determine which animals live in their neighborhoods. In teacher-determined collaborative groups,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Animals
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Dewsbury, Bryan; Brame, Cynthia J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Over the past two decades, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty have been striving to make their teaching practices more inclusive and welcoming to the variety of students who enter college. However, many STEM faculty, even those at teaching-focused institutions, have been educated in a traditional environment that…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Inclusion, College Students, College Faculty
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Siegel, Deborah – Science Teacher, 2013
Science fairs can be good motivators, but as extracurricular activities, they leave some students behind. However, by staging a Science Challenge Day at school, educators can involve all students in doing everything from choosing activities to judging projects. This article presents a model for running a successful Science Challenge Day. The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, Discipline, Teamwork
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Davis, Andrea – English Journal, 2011
One of the more difficult 19th-century American texts for high school students to read is undoubtedly Henry David Thoreau's "Walden." His erudite allusions, often page-long sentences, and sophisticated sense of the ironic initially leave many students cold. Still, the author encourages them to read amid the din of a cultural cacophony that shouts…
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Tests, English Curriculum
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Krueger, Ben – Communication Teacher, 2011
Kenneth Burke is typically regarded as the single most significant figure in 20th-century rhetorical studies. Undergraduate textbooks in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and communication theory typically include coverage of Burke's theory of dramatism. In this article, the author describes a classroom activity dubbed "Burke Bingo" that…
Descriptors: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, Learning Strategies, Active Learning
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Buchanan, John – Issues in Educational Research, 2009
Considerable research has been conducted into teacher retention and attrition (Huberman, 1989; Dinham, 1995; Ewing & Smith, 2002). Little is known, though, of the circumstances of ex-teachers, in terms of factors such as salary, workload, working conditions and "job prestige". For this paper, telephone interviews were conducted with 22…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Student Attitudes, Teacher Persistence, Career Change
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Saka, Yavuz; Southerland, Sherry A.; Brooks, Jeffrey S. – Science Education, 2009
The first years of teaching can be demanding, as the novice works to gain familiarity with many aspects of professional work. Often, what they have been prepared to do in teacher education programs is not aligned with what is expected at them in schools. As a consequence, many teachers leave the profession or move away from the reform-minded…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Teachers, Communities of Practice, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Ladebo, Olugbenga Jelil – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2005
This article examines the influence of work-place factors, job satisfaction and professional commitment on the intent to leave the profession of 165 primary school teachers in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. Most of the teachers were women (74.5 per cent). Teachers' satisfaction was characterized by job apathy, satisfaction with pay and benefits, and…
Descriptors: Females, Job Satisfaction, Intention, Career Change
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Traugh, Cecelia – Teacher Education and Practice, 2009
One of the major priorities that should guide teacher education programs in preparing teachers for their work in a democratic society is to develop a commitment to knowledge that embraces complexity and to place this knowledge into competition with the mainstream vision, which results from a deep reliance on standardized testing and controls much…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Democracy, Social Structure, Needs Assessment
Branscome, Eric – Teaching Music, 2009
As a college music educator, it's the author's primary duty to prepare the next generation of music teachers for their careers. Considering the ever-increasing demands on music educators, the task may seem daunting. Therefore methods teachers cram their lessons to the brim with National Standards, child development, Kodaly, conducting, Orff,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Methods Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
Little, Judith Warren; Gearhart, Maryl; Curry, Marnie; Kafka, Judith – Phi Delta Kappan, 2003
Describes several projects that have enabled teachers to leave the isolation of their own classrooms and think together about student work in the broader contexts of school improvement and professional development. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development
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Chasteen, Stephanie V.; Chasteen, N. Dennis; Doherty, Paul – Physics Teacher, 2008
Fruit batteries and saltwater batteries are excellent ways to explore simple circuits in the classroom. These are examples of air batteries in which metal reacts with oxygen in the air in order to generate free electrons, which flow through an external circuit and do work. Students are typically told that the salt or fruit water acts as an…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Physics, Scientific Principles
Bunting, Carolyn – National Middle School Association (NJ3), 2007
Teachers receive direction from national commissions, researchers, staff developers, state education personnel, superintendents, parents, private pressure groups, the courts, commercial vendors, federal regulators, and politicians. This direction overload depletes energy, blurs individuality, and erodes confidence, causing many educators to either…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Courts, Career Change, Self Efficacy
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Murphy-Geiss, Gail – Teaching Sociology, 2008
Teaching that intentionally integrates cognitive learning with students' affective lives is the kind of pedagogy that can leave a long lasting, even transformative impression on students that outlives the details of course content. Because this author wants her students to truly engage with the subject of domestic violence, she finds it essential…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Cognitive Style, Emotional Response, Transformative Learning
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Mixon, Kevin – Music Educators Journal, 2005
MENC has recently, recapitulated its vision of "Music for All" in its strategic plan, which warns that "30 to 50 per cent of new teachers who work in urban areas leave the field in their first three years of service.'' This undoubtedly affects instrumental music instruction for urban children. Collegial sharing is one solution to problems…
Descriptors: Poverty, Program Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Urban Schools
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