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Hutchinson, Janice – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Describes the effect of crack on the user and on the pregnant user's offspring. Children of the first crack addicts are now in school and exhibit an array of behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Early intervention in a supportive environment has succeeded in preparing some of these children for the classroom. (DM)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Children, Cocaine, Emotional Disturbances
Maxim, Donna – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Describes research and writing activities introduced to a third grade class in Edgecombe (Maine). Students learned to take brief notes without copying, locate information in the library beyond encyclopedias, make logs of observations, interview experts, and present information in several formats, including acrostics, timelines, and dioramas. (DM)
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Diaries, Elementary Education, Games
Cottrol, Robert J. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Explains the benefits of a multicultural focus in the teaching of American history. In addition to engaging the attention of minority youth, such a focus would convey a more interesting and accurate portrait, while aiding students in understanding world history. (DM)
Descriptors: Black History, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups
Powell, Arthur G. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Private school teachers earn less than public school teachers but can cite autonomy, contact with a small and stable student body, participation in policymaking, opportunities for independent study, and attractive facilities as reasons for their preference. Notes that independent schools do not pursue novelty in educational methods or curricular…
Descriptors: Educational Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, Professional Autonomy
American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Outlines the broad standards for the proposed National Board Certification for teachers. This advanced certification will bring new status to teaching and has enormous potential to spur increased collaboration among teachers, reduced bureaucratic control, and more productive use of teachers' talents. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Certificates, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, National Programs
Cushman, Kathleen – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Discusses the advantages of mixed-age primary classrooms. Suggests different ways to group children of different ages and methods for successful implementation. Emphasizes the importance of an integrated curriculum similar to a Montessori curriculum. (FMW)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Classroom Techniques, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Heterogeneous Grouping
American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
A sociologist discusses the need for schools to create "social capital," the values and standards once transmitted by the traditional family that equip a child with a sense of self. Argues that schools located in the workplace can re-create and strengthen the ties between parent and child and among parents with children. (FMW)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Employed Parents, Interviews, Parent Child Relationship
Dubeck, Leroy W.; Moshier, Suzanne E. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1985
Describes the use of popular science fiction films in high school and college science courses. Holds that young persons' fascination with science fiction can serve as a takeoff point for serious discussion of principles of physics and biology, in particular. (GC)
Descriptors: Biology, Films, High Schools, Higher Education
McGrath, David – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
A teacher at Chicago Vocational High School describes how he interested a group of urban high school students in American poetry. Emphasizes anticipating the reasons for student resistance and drawing on students' likes and interests. (FMW)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Motivation, Personal Narratives, Poetry
Smith, Marshall S.; And Others – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Discusses current interest in a standard national curriculum and standardized testing, including national teacher standards, flexibility on the local level, choice of textbooks, governance, and costs. Cites foreign examples and describes organizations already active in the movement. (DM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance
Healy, Jane M. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
The rapid, disjointed, and vivid style of Sesame Street may impede rather than promote progress toward literacy and the development of voluntary attention. It robs children of the ability to create mental pictures. Contends that it is a failure as an instructional medium. (DM)
Descriptors: Attention, Childrens Television, Dysgraphia, Early Childhood Education
Pino, Carol – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Ninth graders in a six-week reading improvement class at San Marcos High School (Texas) acted as tutors in an elementary school. The ninth graders' self-confidence, attitude, and attendance improved dramatically, but their own progress in reading did not, because of the short duration of the project. (DM)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Freshmen, Peer Teaching
Witkin, Mitzi – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
An eighth grade English teacher in Great Neck (New York) integrated six LEP foreign students into her classroom by using a team approach for the memorization and recitation of the Gettysburg Address. The foreign students were enthusiastically coached by their peers; all profited from studying the language of the address. (DM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Foreign Students, Junior High Schools
Stigler, James W.; Stevenson, Harold W. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Compares elementary mathematics instruction in Taiwan, Japan, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Finds that American teachers are overworked and devote less time to conducting lessons than Asian teachers, who employ proven inductive methods within the framework of standardized curricula. (DM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
Glass, Roger S. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Describes four mentoring programs: Atlanta's Project Success; and in Washington, D.C., Mentors Inc., the Community of Hope, and the Futures 500 Club. Most are school-based programs providing guidance and inspiration in a one-to-one relationship. The best programs also provide training for mentors. (DM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Counseling, High School Students, Mentors
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