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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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O'Connor, John S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2020
It is difficult to capture the life of a classroom. Schools usually measure the performance of students and teachers alike through numbers, quantifying students' attendance and test scores. But what of each individual student's experience, their unique understanding and life concerns in and out of school? Building on the work of Vivian Paley, who…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Student Experience, High School Students, Teacher Student Relationship
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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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Laufer, Matt; Butler-Vanderlinden, Emma; Carlin, Lindsay; Saker, Sophia; Taylor, Molly – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
The article documents the process by which four independent high school students from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and the faculty adviser of their school newspaper, "The Weekly" (a monthly), produced a daylong journalism symposium designed to promote and explore democratic education, student leadership, and professional…
Descriptors: High Schools, Journalism, Journalism Education, School Newspapers
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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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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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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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Benus, Matthew J.; Martin, Leisa A.; Lauzon, Glenn P. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
Despite extensive commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, little is known about how students think of its daily recitation. This study asked 88 Native American high school students about their experiences with classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Aware that they had the right to refrain from participating, most students…
Descriptors: High School Students, American Indian Students, Patriotism, Instructional Effectiveness