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Garcia, Kimberly D. – English in Texas, 2019
Teachers routinely report that they feel pressured to teach to standardized assessments. Narrowing the curriculum may help students succeed on standardized assessments, but it rarely leads to long-lasting academic success. Authentic, relevant, and rigorous instruction in newcomer English learner (EL) classrooms, however, can create long-term…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, English Language Learners, Difficulty Level, Literacy Education
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Corbin, Bryan – English in Texas, 2019
Providing written commentary on essays to students in English has long been a challenge for instructors. With increasing numbers of students being placed in classrooms, it can be difficult to deliver an adequate amount of feedback without taxing too much of teachers' time. Consequently, the author wanted to know what feedback students valued most…
Descriptors: Essays, Preferences, Writing Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Cumins, Amy; Peña, Amanda Nicole; Montoya, Maria Ramirez – English in Texas, 2019
English teachers should write and share their writing. The authors analyze how composing sonnets added to understanding of poetic genre, literary terminology, and state standards. This article argues on behalf of more creative writing in English language arts and explains the benefits of teachers and students sharing their writing.
Descriptors: Creative Writing, English Teachers, Literary Genres, Poetry
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Logan, Kayla – English in Texas, 2018
The author begins with the position that educators have a special responsibility to cleave to positive assumptions rather than "deficiency" assumptions when interacting with both students and adult peers. Establishing her credibility as both a classroom teacher and teacher-leader with 20 years of experience in a high-needs public school,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Responsibility, Reflective Teaching, Positive Attitudes
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Lacina, Jan; Griffith, Robin – English in Texas, 2017
This article highlights the learning that took place among teacher candidates as they taught Generation 1.5 students during a yearly writing camp. The article also offers suggestions for supporting this group of adolescents.
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Writing Teachers, English Language Learners
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Pinkerton, Kim – English in Texas, 2017
The author describes her two-year experience of living in China and how this molded her attitudes about English language learners in Texas. Examples drawn from the Nanjing International School show how one school worked to meet the needs of a diverse group of students, with more than 70% learning English as a second language. The practical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Language Learners, International Schools, English (Second Language)
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Robertson, Marla; Goss, Amanda – English in Texas, 2016
In spite of high-stakes testing that challenges teachers to think about classroom decisions, the authors believe teachers can promote classroom practices that provide opportunities to develop the reading and writing identities of their students while also preparing students for required assessments. Using teacher writing as mentor text, showing…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Writing Instruction, Student Development, Teacher Student Relationship
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Petrón, Mary; Ates, Burcu – English in Texas, 2016
The great number of refugees in the U.S. creates challenges for educators to determine the best ways to embrace refugee children and incorporate culturally and linguistically appropriate classroom practices to successfully meet their educational and emotional needs (Prior & Niesz, 2013). This article aims to contribute to English teachers'…
Descriptors: Refugees, Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods, Definitions
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Crandall, Bryan Ripley – English in Texas, 2016
Begun as a formative experiment, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University offers Young Adult Literacy Labs for youth to write, including Ubuntu Academy--a program for immigrant and refugee students. This article highlights a public commitment to Ubuntu, a sense of community and human relations, while reflecting on what became…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Refugees, Summer Programs, Literacy Education
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Morrell, Ernest – English in Texas, 2015
In this article Ernest Morrell argues that while it is right and important to focus on contemporary literacies, it would be erroneous to assume that digital tools are the real essence of any powerful classroom interaction. No matter what technological innovations arise, the core classroom transactions are between teachers and students, students…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Teacher Student Relationship, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Instruction
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Wilson, Edward, Ed. – English in Texas, 1987
The challenges and rewards of dealing with the many types of students that can be found in today's English classrooms--gifted, handicapped, learning disabled, second language learners--are addressed in this focused journal issue. The titles of the articles and their authors are as follows: (1) "Help Me Help You" (L. Quitman Troika); (2) "Students…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Bibliotherapy, Bilingual Students, Classroom Environment
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Harris, Pamela S. – English in Texas, 1995
Encourages teachers to interact with students and students to interact with each other to facilitate cultural awareness and respect for differences. Proposes a number of classroom activities, such as "how to" presentations, studies of cultural folklore, and a puppet show. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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King, Erin S. – English in Texas, 1995
Argues that a teacher wins or loses his or her students during the first few days of the year. Shows how an English teacher wins her students over by allowing them to ask questions about her, which she answers by pointing to a graffiti wall created by her previous year's students. (TB)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
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Whiteker, Clarice – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a teacher's relationship with a 15-year-old student whose father's mental illness and abusive manner led the student to try to commit suicide. Raises questions about what a teacher can do for such a student and suggests that reading can be one way that teachers and students can be led to talk about sensitive topics. (TB)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Counseling, Mental Disorders, Parent Child Relationship
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Froman, Julie Ann – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that one of the biggest flaws with current teacher education programs is that the prospective teachers do not interact with the students in the role of instructor until their last semester. Argues that preservice teachers need to be equipped with the proper tools--realistic assignments, opportunities for student/teacher interaction,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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