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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 2007
There is little question that the fundamental purpose of education--what the ancient Greeks referred to as the "telos"--is to promote student learning. For decades, both experts and the general public have agreed that any effort to improve the education system must focus squarely on optimizing student learning, motivating students to achieve, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Position Papers, Metacognition
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Fello, Susan E.; Paquette, Kelli R.; Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 2006
With the advent of the standards movement, most states have produced statewide tests that evaluate children's understanding of expository science text. Expository texts are designed to explain, describe, or present a logical argument. Usually, the purpose of expository texts is to present new information. This article describes a research-based…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Listening Comprehension, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 2005
This article discusses how registered therapy dogs can motivate and support children as they practice reading aloud in the company of the dog and with the support of the dog's handler. It also offers practical advice to educators, librarians, administrators, and community members seeking to implement such a program in their communities.
Descriptors: Animals, Reading Instruction, Reading Motivation, Therapy
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1984
Discusses children's imaginary companions as a part of human development that adults should strive to understand. (BJD)
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Childrens Literature, Creativity, Early Childhood Education
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Ribblett, Deborah McDonald – Childhood Education, 1997
Examines the interrelationships between young children's literacy growth and music development. Discusses five ways in which song picture books promote language growth. Suggests early childhood activities and materials for using song picture books as a resource for an integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum. (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Books, Children, Childrens Literature, Class Activities
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Culbertson, Linda Doutt; Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1999
Answers parents' most common questions about alternative assessment. Discusses: why there is a need for change in the way students are evaluated; what alternative assessment is; how parents can recognize the components of an alternative assessment; when alternative assessment occurs; and how alternative assessment contributes to children's…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Check Lists, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1995
Notes the importance of listening in the learning process. Describes cause for concern for deteriorating listening skills among students and teachers, and the need for promoting active listening skills in the classroom and eventually integrating listening across the curriculum. Gives basic classroom principles, suggestions for successful…
Descriptors: Children, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Isenberg, Joan P. – Childhood Education, 1993
Argues that teachers' perspectives and insights are needed to make meaningful, enduring improvements in American education. Maintains that a useful teacher narrative should be genuine, invite reflection and discourse, be recursive and encourage reinterpretation, serve as an antidote to a "technological mentality," and be powerful and evocative.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Renck, Melissa Ann – Childhood Education, 1985
Explores three categories of sibling relationships that are well represented in children's literature and child development research: resentment of the new baby; competition between/among brothers or sisters; and siblings' prosocial behaviors. Relates each category to social/psychological research and examples of quality books for children. (DST)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Child Development, Childrens Literature, Competition
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1985
Focuses on three interrelated issues: (1) developmental theories of humor (2) variables that facilitate children's responses to amusing literature, and (3) strategies for the evaluation and more effective use of humorous children's books. Provides examples of books, an overview chart of the general chronology of children's humor development, and…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Literature, Cognitive Development
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1983
Discusses the child who has newly immigrated, the importance of peer acceptance, the skills of friendship, the promotion of prosocial behavior, the developmental sequence of friendship, the impact of moving on friendship, the encouragement of peer interaction, and the role of the teacher as mediator. (RH)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Friendship, Immigrants, Interpersonal Competence
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Krall, Charlotte M.; Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1999
Presents specific ways teachers can create a safe, just, inclusive, communicative, inviting, and caring elementary classroom community that promotes academic achievement. Focuses on teachers becoming more caring and competent by being honest, cultivating communication skills, being flexible, being empathetic, promoting humor, being kind,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Educational Environment, Elementary Education
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Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 1990
Examines the contributions of creativity and imagination to the total learning of the young child. Offers arguments against the myths that lead to deemphasis of the arts in curriculum. Recommends ways of refashioning schools to promote the expressive arts. (BB)
Descriptors: Art Education, Childrens Rights, Creative Art, Creative Expression
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Creany, Anne Drolett – Childhood Education, 1991
Defines censorship and differentiates censorship from selection. Reviews the history of censorship and recent research trends. Describes typical censorable content and the consequences of censorship for libraries, books, and authors. Suggests strategies educators can use in dealing with censorship. (BC)
Descriptors: Authors, Books, Censorship, Childrens Literature
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Zeigler, Sally – Childhood Education, 1987
Discusses some of the theoretical and practical issues concerning initial writing instruction in kindergarten and first grade. (BB)
Descriptors: Grade 1, Kindergarten Children, Primary Education, Program Implementation
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