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Fiene, Judy; Pedersen, Erin – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
One goal of high school teachers is to help students appreciate that reading does not end when they leave the classroom. When students find reading meaningful, they are more likely to see themselves as readers and choose to read long after they leave the classroom setting (Hinchman, Alvermann, Boyd, Brozo, & Vacca, 2003-2004; Wilhelm, 2001).…
Descriptors: Business Education, Fiction, Nonfiction, Integrated Activities
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Kaufman, Kristina J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
The push for 21st century skills (TFCS) is not a new concept. Setting a diversified goal of education with aims of honing in on student needs and reflecting a better, more relevant education is something that has evolved throughout history. The world today reflects global influence and increased competitiveness in every way. Teaching TFCS is a…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Educational Needs, Program Implementation, Class Activities
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Shea, Mary; Ceprano, Maria – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
In this article the authors reason that current reform efforts in education--such as those fueled by Race to the Top (www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop) or the Common Core Standards (www.commoncorestandards.org)--emphasize the need to improve teacher preparation programs in ways that ensure graduates are ready for the realities in today's…
Descriptors: Race, Educational Change, Standards, Teacher Education Programs
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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
Education bureaucrats in 45 states have approved the Common Core State Standards ([CCSS], 2010) as the de facto national curriculum. The implementation of the CCSS will be monitored by a national standardized test in language arts and mathematics. The confluence of a standardized curriculum enforced with a standardized test will entrench a…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, National Standards, Standardized Tests
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Larson, Lotta – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
This article describes ways that e-books, a common form of technology, can be used to differentiate instruction, enhance literacy learning, and support Common Core State English Language Arts (ELA) Standards at the fifth-grade level. However, the strategies described can easily be adapted to suit a wide range of grade levels and instructional…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks, Technology Uses in Education
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Shaw, Patricia A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
This article examines standards which would define a teacher who is good enough to teach children. A good teacher should understand the development of learners. To ensure inclusive learning environments, the teacher should use understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures. The teacher should also collaborate with others to develop…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Standards, Individual Differences
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McDaniel, Thomas R. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
Do school uniforms make a difference in student academic performance, school spirit, discipline, and safety? What are the legal restrictions that bear on the school uniform decision in public schools? Do uniform policies lead to less school violence? Do they impose an economic hardship, outweighing the advantages, on low-income families? The…
Descriptors: School Policy, School Uniforms, Educational History, Legal Responsibility
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Duncan, Tisha Admire – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
Using Tomlinson's (2004) framework, the post-secondary classroom can be transformed into a community of learners where different avenues are provided for effectively acquiring content, processing ideas, and developing products. This article explores how instructors can differentiate instruction in teacher-education methods courses by…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Programs, Social Studies
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Webb, Carolyn Lorraine – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
As the number of students with cell phones has steadily increased over the past decade, these technological advances have caused trepidation among educators over behavioral issues, from off-task activities to cheating (Prensky, 2005). On the other hand, mobile learning, as well as some tools to use with cell phones, are easy to set up, easy to…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Rieger, Alicja; Radcliffe, Barbara J.; Doepker, Gina M. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
In this article, the authors advocate the practice of reflection and reflective thinking skill development. More specifically, they offer definitions of reflection, identify reasons that may inhibit preservice teachers' reflection, and suggest practices that specifically encourage reflection on teaching among preservice and inservice…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Educational Practices, Skill Development, Reflective Teaching
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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
Secretary of Education Duncan (2010) lamented the state of U.S. education in 2010 after the release of the results from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). He wrote: "Unfortunately, the 2009 PISA results show that American students are poorly prepared to compete in today's knowledge economy. President Obama has…
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Comparative Education, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing
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Rosemartin, Dennis S. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
The use of assessments in public schools in the United States to link student test scores to school performance has arguably transformed assessments into accountability tools. Dennis S. Rosemartin, a former elementary classroom teacher, is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. His area of specialization is teacher preparation and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, High Stakes Tests
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Hong, Barbara S. S.; Chick, Kay A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
This article examines: (1) why learning comes so naturally for some students and yet is so onerous for others; (2) why some students need constant reminders while others get on task right away; and (3) why some students "just don't get it" even after countless repetitions and multitudes of practices. This paper describes the…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods, Federal Legislation
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Monetti, David M.; Breneiser, Jennifer E.; McAuley, Michael G. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
A better understanding of the basic mechanisms of the Problem-solving/Response to Intervention (PS/RtI) framework will help educators address students' diverse learning and behavioral needs. It will also help educators who may view PS/RtI as a compliance matter rather than an informative educational process that helps children reach their goals.…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Student Needs, Problem Solving, Best Practices
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Hamilton-Jones, Bethany; Moore, Adam – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2013
Federal legislation, namely the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 ([IDEA], 2005), ensures that students with disabilities have the right to participate in general education curriculum taught in general education classrooms (§ 300.314). A team of school professionals and parents identifies supports necessary for success and…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Inclusion, Team Teaching, Educational Resources
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