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Wu, H. – American Educator, 2001
Suggests that no matter how much algebraic thinking is introduced in the early grades, and no matter how worthwhile this might be, the failure rate in algebra will continue unless the teaching of fractions and decimals is radically revamped. The proper study of fractions provides a ramp that leads students gently from whole number arithmetic up to…
Descriptors: Algebra, Elementary Secondary Education, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction
Ficklen, Ellen; Muscara, Carol – American Educator, 2001
Describes five issues that should be addressed simultaneously when using technology-enhanced instruction in the classroom: infrastructure and hardware, software, professional development, maintenance, and long-term support. Three sidebars focus on: ways to get started using technology in the classroom, tips from the trenches (how not to reinvent…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Resources, Educational Technology
Torgeson, Joseph K. – American Educator, 1998
Provides practical advice about methods to prevent reading failure that are grounded in new research about reading. The focus is on identifying children who need extra help before they experience reading failure and identify those who may need extra help as they progress through elementary school. Some commonly used diagnostic measures are…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Diagnostic Tests, Elementary Education, Identification
Moats, Louisa C. – American Educator, 1998
Gives suggestions for teaching decoding to the beginning reader. It is important to align decoding with the stages of reading development as well as with the structure of the English language. Systematic, explicit instruction ensures the success of most children. Keeping instruction connected to meaning respects the ways that children learn…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Decoding (Reading), Reading Skills, Skill Development
McDougall, Walter A. – American Educator, 2000
Suggest that it is important for students to be taught about multi-cultural history, but in order to ensure that multi-cultural education is a glue, rather than a solvent, of U.S. community, there must be dedicated, knowledgeable, and honest teaching that reveals to students the ways in which all human beings are alike. (SM)
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Higher Education
Hall, Susan L.; Moats, Louisa C. – American Educator, 2000
The most important activity for encouraging reading success is reading aloud, particularly during the preschool years. Presents information on: the benefits of reading aloud, making reading aloud enjoyable, what to do if a child resists, when to stop reading aloud, what to do if a child wants to look ahead in the book, and what comes after picture…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Parent Responsibility, Parents
Ruggiero, Vincent Ryan – American Educator, 2000
Negative attitudes students bring to class can obstruct teaching and learning. These attitudes can be traced to ideas of selfism advanced by modern philosophers. Discusses why students are not learning, examining sources of opposing values and how to recognize obstructive attitudes. Presents suggestions for handling negative attitudes that…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Negative Attitudes, Self Control
Koch, Kenneth – American Educator, 2000
Describes how one teacher got elementary students excited about writing poetry by providing them with simple rules and structures and encouraging them to take chances. Strategies included having each child contribute one line to a poem, discouraging rhyming (which is difficult and blocks creativity), encouraging them to write freely, and having…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Creative Teaching, Creative Writing, Elementary Education
Beck, Isabel L.; McKeown, Margaret G.; Hamilton, Rebecca L.; Kucan, Linda – American Educator, 1998
Explains the "Questioning the Author" approach to reading comprehension, which is designed to get students to build understanding of text ideas by becoming actively involved as they read. Suggestions are given for constructing meaning by going back and forth between the text and discussing the ideas. Some examples illustrate the process.…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Skill Development
Stringfield, Sam – American Educator, 1998
Schools and school systems will improve their chances of making a good choice of school reform program if they determine: (1) the program's goals and objectives; (2) the program's research base; and (3) the resources, in terms of money and human effort, required to make the program work. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
Sticht, Thomas G. – American Educator, 2000
Describes how the military fights against illiteracy, suggesting military methods are useful in teaching young adult civilians. Highlights: the origins of functional context education in the military; work toward literacy in the Vietnam war era; applications to teaching civilians; and the K-12 education system. Functional context education can…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Higher Education
Mathena, Traci Johnson – American Educator, 2000
Middle school teacher describes a framework that gives inexperienced, anxious writers the confidence to write. The process, called doing prompts, stems from analyzing prompts or writing assignments that outline the topic for a piece of writing. The process involves analyzing the prompt being called for, completing a graphic organizer, composing…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Graphic Organizers, Middle School Students, Middle Schools
Harwayne, Shelley – American Educator, 2000
Describes how teachers can make writing an important part of everyday life within the school community by: conferring with students about purpose and audience; elevating genres particular to schools; designing community service assignments; expecting that artwork will be accompanied by text; weaving writing into student government; creating…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Elementary Secondary Education, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods
Stotsky, Sandra – American Educator, 1995
A major problem in contemporary secondary school anthologies is the lack of discussion about the acculturating experiences of the dozens of European ethnic groups that have been migrating to this country for centuries. Criteria are proposed for selecting titles in European ethnic literature for students, and some titles are suggested. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Criteria, Ethnic Groups, Immigrants
Janaro, Joan M. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
The learning and practice of parliamentary skills provide students with experience of this country's democratic philosophy. Students learn that participation in democratic decision making means knowing both how to fight for your beliefs and how to be a good loser. Finally, parliamentary skills provide students with a tool for effective…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Decision Making, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
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