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Murphy, Jeremy T. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2020
In this personal account, the author recounts navigating a school uniform policy as a new teacher in a large public high school in Baltimore. He loosely situates this telling in the recent history of the public school uniform movement, of which Baltimore was central. Writing in an urgent present tense, the author details the many complexities…
Descriptors: School Uniforms, Public Schools, School Policy, Beginning Teachers
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Inouye, Martha; Houseal, Ana – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Anyone who has spent decades in public education is aware of the pendulum swing of ideas, strategies, and policies that can cause drastic changes. Since the 1980s, inclusion of critical thinking development in classrooms has sharply declined, given accountability mandates and legislation such as No Child Left Behind. A potential reawakening to…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Standards
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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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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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O'Connor, John S.; Lessing, Avi D. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
In this essay, John S. O'Connor and Avi D. Lessing discuss the increasingly reductive and routinized nature of contemporary schools and the costs such an approach holds for students and teachers alike. The current approach is especially troublesome in light of the rich history of progressive voices, such as Paul Diederich, who have cautioned…
Descriptors: High Schools, Progressive Education, Educational Methods, Educational Practices
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Hawkes, T. Elijah; Twemlow, Stuart W. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
When school communities are troubled by violence, or threats of violence, at the hands of young people, educators have an opportunity to learn about aggression and adolescent identity development. A disturbing threat incident provides the point of departure for this principal's reflection on how high school curriculum can better meet the identity…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Violence, Aggression
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Diederich, Paul B. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
This commentary describes the limitations of 40-minute class period times. The forty-minute system makes hash of the lives of teachers, especially in small schools, and about 80 percent of high schools have fewer than two hundred pupils. These small schools crowd their forty-minute periods with as many diverse and unrelated activities as possible,…
Descriptors: Time Blocks, School Schedules, High Schools, Job Simplification
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Theisen-Homer, Victoria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In this autobiographical narrative, the author recounts her experiences teaching the novel "Always Running" by Luis Rodriguez with her English classes at a high school in a gang-heavy area. When she first started teaching, this teacher struggled to engage students. One particularly disruptive student requested to read "Always…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Personal Narratives, Novels, English Teachers
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Parsons, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
Many people have ideas about what it means to teach in inner-city schools, but they are often off the mark. This essay explores the challenges, beauties, and complexities of working in an alternative/transfer school in New York City, with a population that is at very high risk for dropping out. Through individual portraits of students, the author…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Nontraditional Education, At Risk Students
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Figa, Hannah; Friend, Nina; Turner, Mariel; Wiebe, Lauren – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Four students reflect on the meanings of a ritual of confession, sharing, and forgiveness during a school retreat. During a night of great honesty and integrity, students spoke to each other of their lives, their choices, their regrets, their wishes, and above all, their love. During that evening, four students came out to their classmates and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Problems, Integrity, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Cooke, Flora J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Is it better to aim at a high ideal, with only moderate success in attainment, or is it better to be satisfied with a lower goal, one involving less effort and little responsibility? This is the question which pupils in upper grades and high school face every year. There are always some members of every class who seek the best things. They desire…
Descriptors: School Administration, High School Students, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This article is an excerpt from "Lawrence Kohlberg's Approach to Moral Education." It refers several times to Kohlberg's "six stages of moral development." Stages 3 and 4 belong to the second level of moral development, which Kohlberg calls "conventional." At stage 3, one becomes aware of conventions as one sees what is right in terms of living up…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Cheating, Ethical Instruction, Responsibility
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
In this essay, a high school principal reflects on the time a student took him to the Fairness Committee, a democratic structure for behavioral interventions. By mobilizing this process, the student affirmed his commitment to the school's core values, as well as his commitment to his own education. School structures for the development of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Conflict, Democracy
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Hantzopoulos, Maria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As zero tolerance policies and retributive disciplinary codes proliferate among public schools throughout the country, this essay reflects upon one school's nontraditional model of school "discipline" as an alternative to such punitive policies. In particular, this essay explores the fairness committee at Humanities Preparatory Academy…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Discipline, Zero Tolerance Policy, Decision Making Skills
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Exile has its place. As an age-old human response to conflict, its potential value to the healthy maturation of students and the school community should not be discounted. Exile or ostracism goes by various names in school. Students are told: Move your desk. Leave the classroom and wait in the hall. Go to the office. Go to detention. You're…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Discipline, Suspension
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