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Visco, William – English in Texas, 2021
Today's students are surrounded and inundated with pop culture at almost all times every day. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exasperated this influx of pop culture saturation as students stayed home, learned online, and for better or worse turned to television, the internet, and other popular applications to deal with isolation and have some form…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Teaching Methods, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Morrell, Ernest; Morrell, Jodene – English in Texas, 2021
In this article, the authors discuss polyvocality, which is the equitable presence of multiple voices engaging in a humanizing dialogue, to facilitate literacy growth, nurture relationships, and build students' confidence in K-12 classrooms. Making classroom talk an integral component of small- and whole-group discussions allows students to hone…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language)
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Holliday, Carolyn Gadsden – English in Texas, 2021
An achievement gap exists in the United States between children of color and their white peers. This gap is most prevalent in literacy. Achievement in literacy is pertinent to student success in other content areas. To address this problem, educational researchers have identified a conceptual framework, culturally relevant pedagogy, that provides…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Coaching (Performance), Teacher Empowerment, Racial Bias
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Collar, Jennifer – English in Texas, 2021
Instructors teaching during this unprecedented time in history must find ways of engaging students from behind the mask. As a result of the pandemic, my colleagues and I have discovered that students do not respond or participate in the ways they once did. In the classroom, students have become silent spectators, hiding behind the mask, making it…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Clothing, Hygiene, COVID-19
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Primavera, Karen – English in Texas, 2021
Teachers constantly struggle to get students actively engaged and invested in their own learning. It can be even more difficult to engage those students in critical thinking and 21st century skills. Problem-based learning (PBL) provides a student-led format with real-life learning experiences, offering a purpose for instruction. By relinquishing…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learner Engagement, Learning Processes, Critical Thinking
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Dockray, Kelley – English in Texas, 2020
This article emphasizes the power of the words we use as educators by shining a light on the work of Peter H. Johnston. The author offers timely and pertinent ways to engage students in effective and respectful academic discourse and writing. She also stresses the importance of modeling for students and letting them see our struggle with writing.…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Writing Instruction, Academic Language, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Revelle, Carol; Wilson-Youngblood, Audrey; Schneider, Christine – English in Texas, 2020
Teaching with digital resources can seem overwhelming. Teachers and students sometimes struggle to use online materials, but potential solutions can be found in federated databases and curated eBook collections specially chosen for Texas teachers and students. This article assists educators as they locate and use TEKS-aligned digital resources and…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Sexton, Waynel; Beegle, Rebecca – English in Texas, 2020
Academic language is the formal language that is common in books and at school, but that students are unlikely to encounter in everyday conversations with friends and family. Not only is academic language critical to school achievement but it is also foundational for the true comprehension of contentrich subjects. Academic language should permeate…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Academic Achievement, Thinking Skills, Visual Aids
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Cato, Heather – English in Texas, 2020
In 2016, with mounting pressure from parents, educators, and other stakeholders around the state pushing back against the volume of standardized tests students are required to take, the Texas Education Agency introduced the Texas Writing Pilot. This pilot was designed to study the feasibility of creating an alternative writing assessment that…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Writing Instruction, Pilot Projects, Evaluation Methods
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Lammert, Catherine; Beyhl, Jodi – English in Texas, 2020
Increasing numbers of children in Texas communities and across the U.S. are immigrants. One way to support students in exploring the history and contemporary topic of immigration through literacy is with inquiry, a teaching method that centers around students' questions, incorporates informational and narrative texts, and creates opportunities for…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Immigration, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Moore, Charles – English in Texas, 2020
This article seeks to provide a research-based argument in favor of encouraging teachers to seek authentic writing territories when asking students to conduct and disseminate research. At some point, research writing moved towards formulaic, inauthentically structured essays that lacked authentic audiences and thus failed to provide the space to…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Student Research, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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Moore, Charles; Tumy, Kelly E.; Miller, Diane M. – English in Texas, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures across the United States have forced teachers to implement various forms of contact-less instruction. The research on childhood trauma and learning indicates that social/emotional factors significantly impact the effectiveness of instructional approaches. Therefore, shifts to online learning should…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Campbell, Ashley; Hughes, Crystal – English in Texas, 2020
Shifts in generations from Millennials to Generation Z have brought changes to today's classroom. In turn, these changes indicate the need for reform and innovation in education. If the goal for education remains to put contributing members into society, then educators must search for the most effective ways to prepare students to enter society…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Language Arts, English Instruction, Science Instruction
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David, Ann D.; Consalvo, Annamary; Grote-Garcia, Stephanie; Burke, Amy; Jansky, Katrina; Semingson, Peggy – English in Texas, 2020
This article discusses the current contradictory policies surrounding the push for phonics instruction in Texas schools. Focusing on this current iteration of the reading wars, this article seeks to help teachers develop a historical context for reading instruction, review existing research on learning to read, and turn that knowledge into…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Phonics, Educational Policy
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Warren, James E.; Otto, Karen – English in Texas, 2020
Teachers who seek to amplify student voice in the English Language Arts classroom must balance students' need for selfexpression with the TEKS requirement that students demonstrate command of standard English. Teachers also face a curricular landscape in which they are discouraged from teaching grammar in isolation but are held accountable for…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Grammar, Direct Instruction, Error Analysis (Language)
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