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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
Duke, Nell K. – American Educator, 2016
In a project-based learning approach, students work over an extended time period for a purpose beyond satisfying a school requirement--to build something, to create something, to respond to a question they have, to solve a real problem, or to address a real need. For example, students might work to plan, plant, and cultivate a garden to help feed…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Design
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
Together, a school district and a local union are working to ensure that educators are trained in restorative practices in order to improve school climates and keep students in school and learning. This article describes how, in recent years, administrators and teachers have shifted from traditional school punishments, such as suspension, to…
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Punishment
Calarco, Jessica – American Educator, 2015
Jessica Calarco explains in this article that students from different backgrounds tend to manage problems in contrasting ways that can have real consequences in the classroom. More specifically, Calarco observed children from middle-class families tended to actively seek help from their teachers, while children from working-class families…
Descriptors: Social Class, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Social Differences
Shanahan, Timothy – American Educator, 2013
With the Common Core State Standards, instruction in English language arts will dramatically change. Unlike prior state standards, these new standards place a greater emphasis on reading challenging texts. To that end, teachers will need to support students in paying closer attention to such texts. Instead of focusing on pre-reading activities…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Language Arts, Reading Instruction
Dunlosky, John – American Educator, 2013
Before the "big test" did you use the following study strategies: highlighting, rereading, and cramming? As students many of us probably did, yet research shows that while these three strategies are commonly used, they have been ineffective in retaining information. Learning strategies have been discussed in almost every textbook on…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Test Preparation, Time Management, Study Skills
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2012
Five years ago, as a way to ensure that students not only learn to decode but also understand what they decode, the Core Knowledge Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes the Core Knowledge curriculum, created a language arts program for kindergarten through second grade. The program includes two 60-minute strands: (1) a "Skills Strand," in which…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading, Kindergarten
Newcombe, Nora S. – American Educator, 2010
Spatial thinking--such as visualizing the earth rotating--is crucial to student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since spatial thinking is associated with skill and interest in STEM fields (as well as in other areas, such as art, graphic design, and architecture), the immediate question is whether it can be…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Engineering Education
Mackenzie, Robert J. – American Educator, 1997
Addresses teacher classroom management when children are disruptive and exhibit uncooperative behavior. It stresses that both firmness and respect are necessary. Students should be shown that clear and consistent consequences exist for crossing the line, and teachers should not explain, cajole, lecture, or threaten. (GR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline Problems, Elementary Education
Reed, Elaine Wrisley – American Educator, 1998
Discusses the increased use of hands-on teaching activities that, while meant to engage students in learning, fail to teach them anything of importance. Explains why this trend started and why it is continuing to be used. Concluding comments provide questions teachers should ask during activity planning in order to make it an effective teaching…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Criticism, Educational Quality, Elementary Education
Adams, Marilyn Jager; Foorman, Barbara R.; Lundberg, Ingvar; Beeler, Terri – American Educator, 1998
The 51 lessons in the full curriculum show how children can be brought step-by-step to understand the architecture of their language through phonemic awareness and how this understanding prepares them for reading and writing. Activities, some of which are presented, are developed for kindergarten but can be used in first grade or special…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Phonemic Awareness
American Educator, 1998
Describes an action plan to help every child read well. The research base for successful reading is outlined, and specific suggestions are made for reading strategies for preschool, beginning reading, and later elementary school programs. Ten strategies are mapped out to achieve the goal of every child reading. (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Preschool Children
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
Idstein, Pete – American Educator, 1996
Describes how the moving of one chronically disruptive special education student to a more restrictive environment took almost nine months, hundreds of hours of work, and thousands of dollars to achieve all due to the current inefficiencies of the system. The article includes a brief discussion of the reauthorization of the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Discipline Problems, Due Process, Educational Environment, Elementary Education
Winik, Lyric Wallwork – American Educator, 1998
Describes a bookstore established for and run by students at an elementary school in New York City. Students are paid for work as cashiers and store personnel with certificates for free books. An editor's note describes the growth of the program, which now buys in volume and supplies many schools around the country. (SLD)
Descriptors: Books, Bookstores, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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