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Aaron C. Stratton; Aarek Farmer – AILACTE Journal, 2023
Motivation in students can have a strong effect on student engagement and overall student success. Due to the impact of COVID-19, students have been less motivated and have fallen farther behind which increases the need to better motivate and engage students within the classroom. This quasi-experimental study which incorporated a pre- and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Kathleen Mcgrath; Caitlin Riegel; Rosina Mete – AILACTE Journal, 2023
Mental health concerns among K-12 students are prevalent, including students who present with complex conditions such as Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) (Moon et al., 2017). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR) explains that "characteristic symptoms of OCD are the presence of obsessions and/or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Anxiety Disorders, Mental Health
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Thomas, Kevin M.; Wheeler, Winn Crenshaw – AILACTE Journal, 2022
This qualitative case study examined a cross-curricular collaboration between two-methods instructors using digital storytelling to engage pre-service teachers in developing writing pedagogies through the curriculum integration and authentic application of the practice of writing and technology. Pre-service teachers learned about writing…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Educational Technology, Writing Instruction, COVID-19
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Baliram, Nalline; Koetje, Kirsten; Huff, Emily – AILACTE Journal, 2021
During the COVID-19 emergency pivot to virtual learning environments, the researchers sought to understand mentors' and teacher candidates' experiences in K-12 schools so that they could offer improved training and support. We surveyed 60 mentor teachers' and 92 teacher candidates' perceptions of preparedness for a virtual learning environment…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teachers, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Shedrow, Stephanie – AILACTE Journal, 2021
Abrupt changes to teaching and learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed teacher educators to incorporate new technologies and pedagogies while teaching unfamiliar course designs (i.e., online, blended, flipped, hybrid, HyFlex). This study examined elementary teacher candidates' experiences with tech tools in college courses and the tools…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Technology Uses in Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Smith, Rebecca; Ralston, Nicole; Waggoner, Jacqueline – AILACTE Journal, 2018
This qualitative case study examines the impact of a workshop on culturally responsive teaching on preservice elementary teacher candidates' ability to conceptualize and apply culturally responsive instruction. The "Rethinking Columbus" workshop teaches students to read critically as text detectives, asking questions such as, "Whose…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Workshops, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education
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Gardner, Margery – AILACTE Journal, 2017
Integrated STEM education seeks to build deep connections between science, technology, engineering, and math. Contextualized lessons give students greater access to these content areas and can heighten engagement. Great parallels can be drawn between liberal arts philosophies and integrated STEM education. This paper explores how one teacher team…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Wakefield, Dara V. – AILACTE Journal, 2017
No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Race to the Top (RT3) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have piled up federal mandates into a "perfect storm" for Georgia teachers. This study considers the impact of this storm through the eyes of 23 Georgia teachers. A tidal wave of federal mandates leaves teachers overwhelmed and skeptical about…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Teacher Attitudes
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Bardsley, Mary Ellen; McGrath, Kathleen – AILACTE Journal, 2016
This article describes an alternative venue clinical experience that provides advanced literacy specialist candidates and preservice teacher candidates at a small liberal arts university context for advancing their roles and understanding of effective teaching. The article situates our conceptual and pedagogical understandings of teaching and…
Descriptors: Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Specialists
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Kalnin, Julie Shalhope – AILACTE Journal, 2014
The practice of assessing and grading students on their ability to demonstrate proficiency related to a standard has grown significantly in K-12 settings over the past decade. This article invites teacher educators to consider how to respond to this trend by examining an approach for preparing teacher candidates to participate effectively in…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Grading, Teacher Education Programs, Performance Based Assessment
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Pae, Holly; Freeman, Greta G.; Wash, Pamela D. – AILACTE Journal, 2014
Teacher preparation programs face great challenges in ensuring their graduates are prepared for the demands of today's classrooms. The authors explore how teacher accountability has evolved based upon federal legislation leading to adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Recognizing that future teachers will be held accountable for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching, State Standards
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Rohr, Jean – AILACTE Journal, 2009
Teacher education programs do not generally provide opportunities for preservice teachers to work with parents. As a result, these novice teachers often leave their teacher education programs with little or no information about how to successfully interact with parents. This article details the actions of parents during a reading course that was…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Reading Difficulties