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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2003
Lists advantages and disadvantages of statewide testing. Presents examples of highly specific objectives, as emphasized by realism as a philosophy of education. Considers the advantages idealism/perennialism, as a philosophy of instruction, has in a quality reading curriculum. (SG)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Instruction
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Petress, Kenneth C. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Offers a method of selecting, analyzing, discussing, and testing from college reading materials that has worked significantly better than previous traditional approaches. Concludes that by employing greater student responsibility for what they read, students' interest, enthusiasm, and scholarly use of read material seems to have risen. (SG)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Reading Instruction
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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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Taylor, Mark; Ouzts, Dan T. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Discusses the Gullah language, an English-based Creole language that contains words from approximately 21 African languages. Discusses historical background and educational implications. Concludes that in communicating with Gullah speaking children, a teacher has to be flexible, understanding, and willing to learn the student's native language.…
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language)
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Little, David C.; Box, Jeanie A. – Reading Improvement, 2002
Describes a program that will provide parents with some knowledge of emergent literacy development and with simple literacy activities in which both parents and children can participate at home to encourage the development of early reading and writing skills. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Emergent Literacy, Learning Activities, Parent Participation
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2001
Analyzes different approaches to assess learner achievement in the spelling curriculum. Considers the assessment of spelling and the basal textbook; using spelling words for student mastery based on research; individualized spelling; use of spelling words in context; standardized testing to notice student achievement in spelling; teaching spelling…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basal Reading, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education
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Fisher, Douglas; McDonald, Nan – Reading Improvement, 2001
Focuses on the use of music as instructional material in early literacy instruction. Uses specific examples of music to highlight concepts of print, a sense of story and sequence, phonemic awareness and phonics, background knowledge and vocabulary, basic spelling patterns, and early writing activities. Concludes with an invitation for…
Descriptors: Literacy, Music, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics
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DeMoulin, Donald F. – Reading Improvement, 2001
Suggests that the use of a personalized and rhyming approach makes reading more enjoyable and inviting to children because: (1) the sounds are appealing to the ear; and (2) the combination of personalization and rhyming keeps a child focused and maximizes repetitive readings. Concludes that personalization and rhyming are natural associations that…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Reading Instruction
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Richardson, Maurine V.; Miller, Margaret B. – Reading Improvement, 2001
Suggests a possibility of resolving the problem of reading motivation for some students. Considers that children and adults like to read about familiar places such as their home state with people and settings that they know about written by authors who live or have lived in that state. Includes a list of 50 books (arranged by state) for the upper…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Individualized Instruction, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2001
Discusses debates in society on needs in education, particularly reading achievement of students and the needs of teachers. Considers the issues of whole language versus phonics instruction and sequencing student learning in reading instruction. Concludes that these and other issues, such as technology use in reading instruction, need to be…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Phonics, Reading Achievement
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Brown, Kathy Laboard – Reading Improvement, 2001
Discusses how the literature chosen for classroom instruction does not often address issues that confront students, and that teachers are faced with students who often do not want to read printed matter. Suggests winners of the Caldecott Award provide teachers with easy access to literature that will greatly enhance their knowledge of contemporary…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Picture Books, Reading Improvement
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2000
Considers how the principal has a leading responsibility in improving the school curriculum. Discusses how the principal has a vital role in assisting teachers to help each pupil become the best reader possible. Presents several ways that principals can help teachers improve reading instruction. (SC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Poetry
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Perez, Samuel A. – Reading Improvement, 2000
Describes the steps involved in adapting the language experience approach for teaching second language learners in the regular classroom as: involving the discussion of student experiences and knowledge related to the text reading selection; recording student experiences and knowledge into written language; and considering student review or…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Language Experience Approach, Second Language Learning
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Diamantes, Thomas; Collins, Susan R. – Reading Improvement, 2000
Surveys 20 elementary school administrators. Finds they: do not share the same definition of reading, and differ in their perception of which aspects of reading are most important; agreed that teachers and central office personnel established goals for reading programs, and seek advice from teachers and reading supervisors; and felt they best…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Principals
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Perry, Adrienne – Reading Improvement, 2000
Considers how the topic of accountability and high-stakes testing has become more critical given the heightened visibility and importance of tests and test results. Notes that trends indicate that scrutiny of public schools and assessment will increase and that students need and deserve to have the best information available regarding effective…
Descriptors: Accountability, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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