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Guler, Nilufer – English Journal, 2013
This article suggests effective approaches to teaching English language learners in ways that can be of benefit to all students in mainstream middle and high school English classes. The five approaches described herein that mainstream ESL teachers can do to make assessments more accurate and reliable, as well as to address heterogeneity, are: (1)…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Mainstreaming, Teaching Methods, Literacy
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Sovereen, Deanne – English Journal, 2013
"Research for the Classroom" publishes mini-studies of ELA classroom practices and suggests ways in which high school and middle school English teachers may study the effectiveness of their pedagogy. The author of this mini-study notes that it takes around six minutes per day of instructional time for students to remember most of the…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), English
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Simos, Elaine – English Journal, 2013
The author of this article posits that some teachers leave the profession because they entered it with unrealistic expectations, and that the reality of multiple preparations, unpaid orientation sessions, and large student loads is overburdening.for new teachers. Many new teachers leave their positions because of the dissonance between their…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Gilles, Carol; Carrillo, Lina Trigos; Wang, Yang; Stegall, Jenny; Bumgarner, Barri – English Journal, 2013
If new teachers are going to do more than endure a rocky start, they need to develop a deep understanding about learners and about teaching their own discipline effectively. These authors were interested in what new teachers perceived and reported about the mentoring they had received in a comprehensive induction program. What did they find…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Mentors, Teacher Collaboration
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Bull, Kelly Byrne; Dulaney, Margaret; North-Coleman, Cheryl; Kaplan, Jeffrey; Stover, Lois – English Journal, 2013
"Teaching Young Adult Literature" describes innovative methods for engaging students in reading, writing, and discussing contemporary and classic literary texts written for adolescents. Centered around the concept of change, the authors present YA novels that span across various disciplines. Each book presented will help students…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Literature, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation
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Goering, Christian Z. – English Journal, 2013
Not every teacher should serve as a mentor teacher (MT), and there are certainly those who are considered excellent teachers who did not find success in that role, often struggling to turn over aspects of classroom instruction to their mentees. With the current testing and accountability regime, some teachers are reluctant to leave their test…
Descriptors: Mentors, Language Arts, English Teachers, Cooperating Teachers
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McCann, Thomas M. – English Journal, 2013
Mentors need to be proactive in helping the newer teacher to anticipate the critical episodes that inevitably face any teacher. These episodes include the challenge to manage a daunting workload while following habits necessary to stay healthy; to recover from disappointments, errors, and disrespect; to form positive relationships with students,…
Descriptors: English Teacher Education, Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction, Communities of Practice
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Bickmore, Steven T. – English Journal, 2013
Novice teachers often find themselves isolated; they are often assigned students with the most difficult challenges, with no mentor, and without professional learning to further develop the skills they began to acquire as student teachers. It is important to disrupt the institutionalized isolation of the novice teacher (Darling-Hammond and Sclan;…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teaching Methods, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers
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Coombs, Dawan; Goodwin, Kate – English Journal, 2013
Despite extensive preparation in high-quality programs, novice teachers face a daily deluge of moments when their understandings about teaching are called into question in the living context of their new classrooms. These encounters often challenge new teachers' ideals about what teaching truly entails as well as their abilities to succeed in…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Mentors
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Athanases, Steven Z. – English Journal, 2013
During the last several years as a teacher educator mentoring new teachers, the author has worked on two programs of research that included ways of focusing early-career teachers on students and their learning. These research programs shed light on needs of new teachers and ways mentor questioning and processes of classroom inquiry can have an…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Teacher Educators, English
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Dawson, Christine M.; Robinson, Eleanor Liu; Hanson, Kelly; VanRiper, Jillian; Ponzio, Christina – English Journal, 2013
A mentoring relationship that began as part of teacher preparation can evolve into a professional community that stays connected through several means of communication. While there are examples of mentoring relationships within schools and among former university cohorts, these authors took a slightly different approach. Rather than forming a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Communities of Practice, Writing (Composition), Computer Mediated Communication
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Townsend, Jane S.; Nail, Allan; Cheveallier, Jennifer; Browning, Angela – English Journal, 2013
The four authors of this article have each at different times over a ten-year period helped develop versions of the Online Writing Partnership between future English teachers learning to teach writing and high school students learning to write better. The authors have been striving to help future English teachers learn how to help high school…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Language Arts, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Collaboration
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Shoemaker, Brandon – English Journal, 2013
How teachers can use such materials as parallel-text editions, graphic novels, and film adaptations to increase students' understanding of and interest in Shakespeare was the impetus for a classroom action research project that examined the effects of teaching methods on student comprehension and engagement. The author of this article…
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), Cartoons, Films, Teaching Methods
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Bush, Jonathan; Zuidema, Leah – English Journal, 2013
In this article, the authors report the importance of teaching students about collaborative writing. When teachers are effective in helping students to learn processes for collaborative writing, everyone involved needs to speak, listen, write, and read about how to write well and what makes writing good. Students are forced to "go meta"…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Skills, Collaborative Writing, Cooperative Learning
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Van Orman, Karin; Lyiscott, Jamila – English Journal, 2013
Due to prevailing attitudes about the prison industrial complex and African American and Latino/Latina communities, the literary production of urban street fiction has been politely disregarded by our society. Through the use of critical praxis, utilizing urban street fiction in the classroom is a necessary and urgent act of social justice. Street…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Fiction, Novels, English Instruction
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