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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2012
In this essay I pose questions to literacy teacher educators and classroom teachers to inspire them to review their epistemological beliefs about teaching, learning, and knowledge. I also provide some history of transdisciplinarity, and introduce readers to "Miss Smith", a composite of five middle school teachers who hold a transdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Educators, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
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Richards, Janet – Reading Improvement, 2011
For five years I have supervised a summer literacy camp that connects graduate education majors with students from diverse ethnicities. Each summer I noted I inadequately challenged the education majors to extend their knowledge, examine their attitudes, and expand their abilities to offer culturally responsive literacy instruction to students in…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Graduate Study, Literacy, Teacher Educators
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Petress, Ken – Reading Improvement, 2006
In more than 30 years of university teaching; hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school visits; and numerous personal interactions with community young people, the author has repeatedly noticed that few students read newspapers or news magazines. In short, most students seem ignorant of and uncaring about current affairs. This is an alarming…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Printed Materials, Citizenship, Current Events
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Petress, Ken – Reading Improvement, 2006
Precision in language usage can be thought of as an ego boosting activity, a snobbish pastime, an arrogant trait; or it can be interpreted as an attempt to aid audiences in understanding exact meaning, an effort to reduce ambiguity, and/or as a positive role model for others in one's language community. This essay argues that the latter set of…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Audiences, Role Models, Language Usage
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Petress, Ken – Reading Improvement, 2006
Students at all educational levels are daily bombarded by others' attempts to influence them. Influence in the political, religious, social, educational, and advertising arenas pervade people's lives. It is vital to everyone to be aware of influence attempts; to be able to assess whether or not such attempts are useful, friendly, urgent, and in…
Descriptors: Ideology, Critical Thinking, Persuasive Discourse, Discourse Analysis
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Rickford, Angela E. – Reading Improvement, 2005
Everything a persons needs to know in life is learned in Kindergarten is a popular adage among teachers. In this article, the author relates how everything she needed to know about teaching she learned from her own children. She relates that from the moment of their birth, she had determined that her four children would learn to read before they…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Early Reading
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2005
When a considerable amount of reading is done in different courses by high school students, this presents a problem for struggling readers. Reading is a favorite way of learning for students possessing verbal intelligence, (See Gardner, 1993), but a goodly number of high school students do not possess this as an important intelligence. Thus, the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reading Skills, Reading Difficulties, Individual Differences
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Molebash, Philip; Fisher, Douglas – Reading Improvement, 2003
Examines how advances in technology allow teachers to reconsider how students should and could be taught to become literate citizens. Believes that Language Arts educators play an important role in educating students in today's literacies. Addresses telecollaborative projects, interpersonal exchange, information collection and analysis, problem…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Innovation, Literacy
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Boody, Robert M. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Considers that because literature can exert such a powerful hold on the imagination, certain works can be used to invite students to become more literate and to encourage students to take responsibility for their ongoing personal development. Notes that reading and other ways of learning are shown in fictional works of Louis L'Amour to be a rich…
Descriptors: Fiction, Individual Development, Literature Appreciation, Reading Materials
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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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Knafle, June D. – Reading Improvement, 2001
Examines current adolescent fiction of award-winning and widely read authors according to religious themes concerning Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American religions, African spirit religions, and the occult, supernatural, and New Age. Finds that the portrayal of religions and its adherents is very mixed, depending upon the religion.…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Content Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Fiction
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Kirylo, James D.; Millet, Courtney P. – Reading Improvement, 2000
Discusses briefly the process of comprehension. Argues that graphic organizers can be used as a practical tool while using basal readers, tapping into prior knowledge, cultivating active participation, and fostering an understanding of conceptual relationships, thus leading to a facilitation of comprehension. (SR)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Elementary Education, Graphic Organizers, Instructional Improvement
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Foley, Christy L. – Reading Improvement, 2000
Presents a description of a 15-day European tour accompanied by a diverse group of colleagues and led by a geography professor with expertise in the culture, language, and sites of Germany, as well as its surrounding areas. Shares the author's thoughts and experiences regarding learning abroad. (SC)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Individual Development, Professional Development, Teacher Education
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 1999
Claims students can become better readers and writers by acquiring knowledge of the structure of the English language and developing skill in using the language. Discusses strategies for helping students to recognize five sentence patterns, and learn how to expand sentences. (NH)
Descriptors: English, Language Skills, Reading Improvement, Reading Skills
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Robinson, Kevin; Burnham, Sonja; Rowland, Sidney; Arnold, Mit – Reading Improvement, 1999
States that including students with severe disabilities in regular classes provides an opportunity for educators to reflect on the nature and characteristics of these learners. Asserts that teachers must reevaluate the process by which they determine learner outcomes. Provides a guide for these activities and a review of inclusive education. (CR)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Outcomes of Education
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