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Erb, Cathy Smeltzer; Erb, Peyton – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
Enticed by developing skills that would empower students to solve problems, take responsibility for their own actions within the classroom community, and model real-life processes for resolving conflict, a team of third-grade teachers responsible for nearly 100 students embarked on creating a classroom behavior system titled "Making…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Positive Behavior Supports, Student Behavior, Grade 3
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Bland, Lynne M.; Gareis, Christopher R. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
After nearly two decades of federal and state accountability requirements relying on conventional standardized assessments, Virginia and several other states are moving to create more balanced approaches to statewide assessment systems that include the use of performance assessments. But Palm (2008) states, "Performance assessment can mean…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Innovation
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Chang, Sau Hou – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
Successful co-teaching relied on essential elements and different approaches. However, few studies were found on these essential elements and different approaches in student teaching. The objective of this study was to examine how teacher candidates and cooperating teachers used the essential co-teaching elements and co-teaching approaches.…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Preservice Teachers, Cooperating Teachers
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Utter, Brian C.; Paulson, Scott A.; Almarode, John T.; Daniel, David B. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
We argue, based on a multi-year collaboration to develop a pedagogy course for physics majors by experts in physics, education, and the science of learning, that the process of teaching science majors about education and the science of learning, and evidence-based teaching methods in particular, requires conceptual change analogous to that…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Majors (Students), Teaching (Occupation)
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Francis, Grace L.; Gordon, Sarah; Kliethermes, Andrew J.; Regester, April; Baldini, Deborah; Grant, Amber – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
Postsecondary education programs (PSEs) for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in colleges and universities expand opportunities for these young adults and result in positive outcomes, including employment and improved social networks. Although participating in postsecondary education results in numerous benefits for…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Postsecondary Education, Young Adults
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Kuehl, Rachelle – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in preservice teacher education as a tool for learning about differentiation within writing instruction. Using online dialogue journals, preservice teachers communicated with elementary students about a shared text and met in ongoing PLC groups to examine…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Individualized Instruction
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McElwee, Christine B.; Regan, Kelley; Baker, Pamela Hudson; Weiss, Margaret P. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate to what extent context and relationships influence preservice teachers' appropriation of coursework during the clinical experience. While there is a dearth of research regarding the clinical experience in teacher preparation programs, there are even fewer studies investigating special education teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Manigo, Catrina; Allison, Rinyka – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
According to the United States Department of Education, approximately 4,172,347 four-year-olds are eligible to attend publicly funded preschool programs. Of this number, only 1,709,607 of those eligible are enrolled in a publicly funded preschool program (U.S. Department of Education, 2014). Because of a lack of quantitative and qualitative data…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Urban Schools, School Districts, Qualitative Research
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Cude, Michelle D.; Haraway, Dana L. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
This research explores the question of how students in a social studies methods course improve skills in analyzing and critiquing pre-existing lesson plans. It utilizes a pre-post authentic assessment tool to measure student growth in key skills of lesson plan critique over the course of one semester's methods instruction. The results support the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Lesson Plans, Online Courses, Achievement Gains
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Dowdy, Josh; Dore, Elizabeth – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
Research pertaining to institutions of public education reveals that curricular structures often function to produce and reproduce systemic inequalities. The following personal statement outlines a middle school teacher's attempt to address social reproduction in public education. By situating issues of inequity within a local context of…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Educational Environment, Sense of Community, Public Education
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Hall, Dara M.; Hughes, Michelle A.; Thelk, Amy D. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
Effective mentoring programs help to recruit new teachers and improve teacher retention rates (e.g. Ingersoll & Strong, 2011, Rideout & Windle, 2010). Many school districts require mentoring programs for new teachers; however, they do not always have the resources to prepare their teachers to mentor beginning teachers. Clinical faculty…
Descriptors: Mentors, Skill Development, Cooperating Teachers, Best Practices
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Nicholas, Erika L. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
This piece focuses on increasing writing instruction for secondary English teacher candidates in the form of integrating reading and writing. Often, teacher candidates are not sufficiently prepared in university coursework to teach writing and are left to rely on formulaic writing that merely prepares their students for the end-of-year tests.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Ratcliff, Nancy J.; Carroll, Kimberly L.; Jones, Cathy R.; Costner, Richard H.; Sheehan, Heather C.; Hunt, Gilbert H. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
This research shares findings from a year-long observational study to determine if there were significant differences in the identified behaviors of teachers and students in fourth and seventh grade classrooms in schools with an achievement gap versus those with no achievement gap. Specific research questions addressed types of instructional…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Observation, Teacher Behavior, Student Behavior
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Sawyer, Amanda G. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2017
From 2007 to 2009, the United States experienced one of the greatest economic declines reported in the previous decades, known as the Great Recession (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). While a great deal of media attention focused on the immediate financial effects of the recession, little discussion was made about the influence of this crisis…
Descriptors: Economic Impact, Economic Factors, Elementary Education, Educational Practices
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Riddell, Nancy B. – Teacher Educators' Journal, 2016
In the current age of accountability, teachers must be able to produce tangible evidence of students' concept mastery. This article focuses on implementation of formative assessments before, during, and after instruction in order to maximize teachers' ability to effectively monitor student achievement. Suggested strategies are included to help…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement
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