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De Bruyckere, Pedro; Kirschner, Paul A.; Hulshof, Casper – American Educator, 2020
This article is excerpted from "More Urban Myths about Learning and Education: Challenging Eduquacks, Extraordinary Claims, and Alternative Facts." The authors discuss some of the most often asked questions related to one basic principle in particular: "transfer of learning." Transfer of learning is seen as the use of…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Personality Traits, Skill Development, Problem Solving
Quartz, Karen Hunter; Daniel, Julia; Maier, Anna – American Educator, 2020
This article shares the experience of three teachers, who teach and learn at thriving community schools in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. Their experiences challenge traditional ideas about what it means to learn and be a teacher. In their schools, teaching is a community effort where all the adults--teachers, social workers, parents,…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Social Justice, Educational Change, Integrated Services
Johnson, Angela; Goldenberg, Claude – American Educator, 2020
At the end of every school year, particularly as students move on to middle or high school, educators throughout the nation face the same question: To reclassify or not to reclassify English Language Learners (ELLs)? The reclassification decision is tricky because it sometimes feels as if there is an inevitable tradeoff between specialized…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Classification, Secondary School Students, Decision Making
Breiseth, Lydia – American Educator, 2020
With a long history of being a haven for immigrants, Dearborn, Michigan, welcomes it latest newcomers with overwhelming support. The success of this effort comes in part from a strong labor-management collaboration between Dearborn Public Schools, and the local union, the Dearborn Federation of Teachers (DFT), which has enabled educators to meet…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Urban Areas, English Language Learners, Public Schools
Agarwal, Pooja K.; Agostinelli, Anne – American Educator, 2020
One of the most fundamental strategies in mathematics instruction is practice problems because teachers know that practicing a skill improves performance. At the same time, teachers also know that just because students can correctly answer practice problems does not mean they fully understand the concept or how to apply a formula--especially not…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Concept Teaching, Mathematical Concepts
Custodio, Brenda; O'Loughlin, Judith B. – American Educator, 2020
Students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) are a relatively small proportion of recently arrived English language learners (ELLs), probably somewhere between 10 and 20 percent. However, these students often represent the most challenging of the ELLs because of their limited first-language literacy skills, frequent gaps in academic knowledge…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, English Language Learners, Refugees, Immigrants
Rowland, Christine – American Educator, 2020
For 23 years, the author worked with high school students from a wide range of language backgrounds and widely differing circumstances. What they all had in common was that they were all developing competence and confidence in academic English. One of the challenges in teaching them was that some students had traveled back and forth between the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Stopouts, Reentry Students, Academic Support Services
Duke, Nell K.; Mesmer, Heidi Anne E. – American Educator, 2019
The need to explicitly teach letter-sound relationships in U.S. classrooms is settled science. However, too often such instruction is not provided in the most efficient or effective way. These instructional missteps mean that fewer children will develop strong word-reading skills. In addition, ineffective phonics instruction is likely to require…
Descriptors: Phonics, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Alphabets, Reading Instruction
Ramstetter, Catherine L.; Fink, Dale Borman – American Educator, 2019
The purpose of this article is to promote a deeper, more complex understanding of the challenge that "recess time" poses to elementary school educators and to thereby understand the practices in which they are currently engaging. Because teachers are expected to shepherd students through a vast array of learning standards while remaining…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Wright, Tanya S. – American Educator, 2019
Interactive read-alouds, where adults read text to children and facilitate discussion of the text, are an incredibly effective method for supporting children's literacy learning. In this article, Tanya Wright, an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, describes some of the knowledge and skills that…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Literacy, Reading Skills, Early Childhood Education
Zimmermann, Laura; Foster, Lindsey; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – American Educator, 2019
The last 15 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the understanding of spatial skills, and the authors are finding that these all-important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies are rooted in spatial knowledge. Spatial skills are the tools use to visualize and navigate the world. Spatial skills allows people to…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Play, Toys
Neuman, Susan B. – American Educator, 2019
The early years are times of wonder for children. Curious about everything, they seek to explore and understand their world. During these early years, they attempt to interpret their world and make meaning through pretend play, drawing, and conversations with those closest to them. Although these first steps toward literacy may not look much like…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Preschool Education, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children
Boaler, Jo – American Educator, 2019
Babies and infants love mathematics. Give babies a set of blocks, and they will build and order them, fascinated by the ways the edges line up. Children will look up at the sky and be delighted by the V formations in which birds fly. Count a set of objects with a young child and then move the objects and count them again, and they will be…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Numbers, Spatial Ability, Geometric Concepts
Vahey, Phil; Vidiksis, Regan; Adair, Alexandra – American Educator, 2019
Turning everyday activities such as baking into scientific activities is more than just fun: it is important for our children's futures. Science investigations provide an opportunity for children to learn about scientific concepts and listen to their peers, family, and community members, and to respond to their questions or ideas. It also provides…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Interests, Learning Activities, Parent Role
Killen, Melanie – American Educator, 2019
In the past two decades, psychologists, educators, and economists have shown that social stratification creates social inequalities that have long-term detrimental effects on children's physical, emotional, and academic development. The segregation of social networks, as well as experiences of social inequality in the form of prejudice and bias,…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Social Development, Bias, Social Justice
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