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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
Lü, Chan – American Educator, 2020
About one-third of children under age 8 in the United States have at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home. And as of 2016, 9.6 percent of all U.S. public school students were identified as English language learners. It is obvious that the American student population is becoming increasingly multilingual. This trend is…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Literacy, Multilingualism, English (Second Language)
Wexler, Natalie – American Educator, 2020
Despite billions of dollars and massive efforts on the part of thousands of highly dedicated and intelligent people over the past 25 years, the size of the test-score gap between the wealthiest and the poorest students has not changed. These problems do not end at high school. Studies suggest that students with low test scores are less likely to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Role of Education, Low Achievement, Scores
Shanahan, Timothy – American Educator, 2020
A recent survey aimed at identifying the most popular current programs used to teach reading found that one common feature of all the top sellers was that they organize their teaching around leveled books. Other recent surveys show that teaching reading with leveled books is on the increase and that teachers believe it is endorsed or supported by…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reading Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Reading Material Selection
Moats, Louisa C. – American Educator, 2020
The most fundamental responsibility of schools is teaching students to read. Because reading affects all other academic achievement and is associated with social, emotional, economic, and physical health, it has been the most researched aspect of human cognition. The fact that teachers need better preparation, professional development, and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Teachers, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
Murray, Maria – American Educator, 2020
The Reading League builds the understanding of evidence-aligned reading instruction and its application with a variety of supports for educators as they build their knowledge and professional networks around the science of reading. It builds the understanding of evidence-aligned reading instruction and its application with a variety of supports…
Descriptors: Activism, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Program Implementation
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
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