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Geary, Patricia – Reading Improvement, 2006
Experts agree that reading is the most important skill children must acquire. However, as the popular press often chides, there are millions of U.S. students who struggle to read and comprehend adequately. As a result, these students risk both school and workplace failure. Research confirms that good readers actively comprehend and simultaneously…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Reading Research, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction
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White, Hazel L. – Reading Improvement, 2004
To be successful in nursing courses, students must be able to read and comprehend a large volume of information. This requires different types of reading and study skills from other courses to which they have been exposed. The formal teaching of these skills in a nursing course takes second place to the teaching of required nursing skills. Because…
Descriptors: Study Skills, Nursing, Nursing Education, Reading Comprehension
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Horton, Nancy Spence; Griffith, Amy Stevens – Reading Improvement, 2003
Notes that reading teachers can incorporate a balanced approach to teaching word identification by linking learning objectives (state mandated in many areas) to authentic literature and accommodations for learning differences. Begins with the desired objective followed by a suggested instructional procedure, a specific example, three appropriate…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation
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Richardson, Maurine V.; Sacks, Mary Kathleen; Ayers, Mary N. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Notes that using the visual arts enables students to gain better eye-hand coordination, visual representation skills, communicate ideas, and deeper understanding of the process of discovery. Considers how each of these areas contributes to the development of thinking, creating, problem solving and expressing thoughts through symbols. (SG)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement, Reading Instruction
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Bratina, Tuiren A.; Lipkin, Leonard J. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Motivates teachers to apply several recommended techniques designed to improve communications within the context of studying mathematics. Suggests that mathematics teachers should help teachers of language arts courses, such as reading-in-the-content-area, by providing subject-specific examples and instructional techniques. Notes that these…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communication (Thought Transfer), Elementary Education, English Instruction
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Gali, Kari; McArthur, Janice – Reading Improvement, 2003
Discusses how students in a culturally diverse fourth grade class explored their own cultures and learned about other cultures, using quilts as a context. Notes that the students read books about quilts, conducted oral interviews of family members, wrote about their cultural traditions, and designed individual quilt squares. Concludes that the…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Freehand Drawing, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades
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Payne, Carol Canady – Reading Improvement, 2002
Notes how research emphasizes the importance of tailoring instruction to the needs of the individual child. Examines tutoring interactions with Ricky, a friendly, vivacious first-grade boy who started the school year significantly behind peers in reading and writing. Explores what instruction can be provided to meet Ricky's individual learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 1, Individualized Instruction, Primary Education
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Garrett, Jerry E. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Presents affective and cognitive factors impacting student reading attitudes for teachers and principals. Delineates specific elements affecting reading attitudes and consequent reading performance. Presents 10 specific suggestions to promote positive reading attitudes. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement, Reading Attitudes, Reading Instruction
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Kader, Shereen Abdel; Yawkey, Thomas D. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Notes that communication between teachers and culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students need serious consideration especially in recognizing potential sources of miscommunication and misinterpretation. Considers sources of miscommunication within verbal and nonverbal communication. Discusses each element and offers examples in CLD…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language)
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2002
Notes that handwriting achievement can be assessed in degrees from being legible to being illegible. Suggests that a rubric, carefully developed and designed, may well be used to ascertain the quality of handwriting achievement. Gives a brief history of handwriting instruction. Presents 10 points for teachers to follow when teaching handwriting.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Handwriting, Instructional Effectiveness, Scoring Rubrics
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2002
Argues that teachers need to think of and implement quality methods of teaching spelling. Offers 10 criteria from the psychology of learning to assist students to achieve optimally in spelling. (SG)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement, Spelling Instruction
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Ross, Donna; Frey, Nancy – Reading Improvement, 2002
Considers how the emphasis on literacy instruction in elementary schools makes it difficult to adequately teach content, especially science. Notes that literacy practices can serve as a catalyst for science learning because they provide a means for organizing information and developing habits of mind necessary for scientific exploration. Looks…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Grade 2, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literacy
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Alexandrowicz, Viviana – Reading Improvement, 2002
Focuses on the necessary elements that must be considered when preparing tutors of second language learners. Intends to guide practitioners on the information that is critical to support tutors so they can be more effective with immigrant children. (SG)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Instructional Effectiveness
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Box, Jeanie A. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Encourages teachers to model the thinking processes that take place as one begins to read and write. Notes that when a teacher thinks aloud as he or she writes, children can better grasp the inner dialogue that occurs. Explains components of the guided writing process and discusses simple suggestions as well as the benefits for early childhood…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Class Activities, Cognitive Processes, Early Childhood Education
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Gifford, Ann Porter – Reading Improvement, 2002
Suggests there are many ways to assess students' progress in understanding the elements of a story. Discusses how to stimulate students' ability to analyze how adding another character, changing the setting or twisting the plot can create new and interesting versions of a the common folktale, "The Three Little Pigs." Includes a 37-item…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Elementary Education, Folk Culture, Instructional Improvement
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