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O'Connor, John S.; Lessing, Avi D. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this article, John O'Connor and Avi Lessing discuss their decision to create gradeless classrooms. They reached this decision by witnessing the profound cost grades hold for students and teachers alike. Grades threaten to reduce students to mere scores and teachers to bookkeepers, both groups focused more on grades than learning. By eliminating…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Teacher Student Relationship, Decision Making, Educational Practices
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Gibson, Stacey A. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
A teacher's practice is influenced by personal, institutional, historical, and societal experiences. Teachers are expected to manage how content is delivered in a classroom setting. As well a teacher is managing their own emotional and internal narratives around complex issues such as race, racism, and oppression in the classroom. By exploring the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Power Structure, History
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Ascenzi-Moreno, Laura – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
Although the number and diversity of emergent bilingual students is rising, this population is viewed as homogeneous rather than vibrant and eclectic. This case study explores how two secondary teachers of English as a new language uncover the diversity of their recently arrived emergent bilingual population by implementing translanguaging…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Educational Change, Teaching Methods
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Epstein, Shira Eve – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
While students' civic efforts are often focused on local social problems, this article highlights various ways a locally oriented civic project can be "stretched" to build students' global awareness. I present a series of recommendations for educators on how to foster the global civic mindedness of youth. Furthermore, I illustrate the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Global Approach, Student Projects
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Seigle, Benjamin – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this reflective essay, an English teacher recounts failures and successes teaching Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". The author considers both why and how the novel might be introduced to high school students.
Descriptors: English Teachers, Novels, High School Students, Literature Appreciation
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Frkovich, Ann – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
Chinese students are coming to study in the United States in record numbers, but our understanding as to why is limited. Through interviews conducted with Chinese students who have studied in both China and the United States, we examine why students are making the choice to come to the United States, what they hope to learn, and how they are…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Asians, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness
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Smith, Grinell – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
To convey the magnitude and rapidity of current climate change and the severity of predictions for the next century, I present essential climate science information using four key sets of data and contextualize that information with personal anecdotes. I then consider the reasons for the large gap between the scientific consensus about…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Public Opinion, Environmental Education
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Kralovec, Etta; Dervin, Fred; Riitaoja, Anna-Leena – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
This article offers readers the opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between teacher educators from Finland and the United States at the conclusion of a field research project conducted in border schools in Arizona. The conversation ranges across topics central to schooling in both countries and exposes educational practices that are not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Interpersonal Communication, Field Studies
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Quaresma, Maria Luísa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this article, I aim to analyze the perceptions regarding excellence shared by students of high-performing public schools in Santiago de Chile and simultaneously to reflect on the way in which they experience it, inside and outside of school. Through the analysis of 24 focus groups conducted in six schools, I conclude that students share…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, High Achievement, Public Schools
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Jaffe-Notier, Tamara – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this essay, the author asserts that the dialogic pedagogy of Paulo Freire provides a good description of the dynamic of authentic learning. The author narrates one short example and one long example of Freirian dialogues occurring in a public high school, giving details that describe moments of transformation. The short narrative sketches…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language), High School Students, Transformative Learning
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Smulyan, Lisa; Green, Jarrod; Lunstead, Jennifer; Norris, Becki – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this latest continuation of our multipart symposium on teacher leadership, we examine what happens when self-defined teacher leaders become school administrators. Do teacher leaders who become administrators maintain a teacher identity? Can they remain committed to their vision of teacher leadership when they take on the normative requirements…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Administrators, Teacher Promotion, Professional Identity
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Rozich, Elizabeth S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This autoethnographic narrative explores the challenges and successes of employing critical pedagogy in an eighth-grade history classroom. Using the threads of teacher, scholar, and individual, the author shares the intellectual and emotional progression through hope, frustration, humility, and growth that this endeavor demanded. Further, this…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Ethnography, Educational Practices, History Instruction
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Smulyan, Lisa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This introduction to the symposium on Teacher Leadership describes how a group of teachers have developed a definition of teacher leadership as a stance. The article explores how prior definitions of teacher leadership tend to focus on individual skills or roles. Neoliberal educational policies that emphasize market-based policy, privatization,…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Teacher Leadership, Definitions, Neoliberalism
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Storm, Scott – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This essay examines the author's experiences with becoming a teacher-researcher-leader across many years within two contrasting urban public school contexts. The article works against a traditional "myth" that views teaching as de-professionalized, low-skill and instead argues for teaching as professional, collaborative, political, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Teacher Leadership
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Carlough, Stacey – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
Teacher development does not stop when a degree is earned--at that point, it has barely taken flight. Real teacher growth happens when meaningful time and safe and authentic space are given to discussing and refining practice under the guidance of a pedagogically and contextually experienced mentor. Here, one teacher leader recounts her purposeful…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Leadership, Charter Schools, Urban Schools
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