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Butler, Melinda S.; Votteler, Nancy K. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
When Debbie Miller, educational consultant and author of "Reading with Meaning" (2013) and "Teaching with Intention" (2008) visited a Title I elementary school in Texas, the instructional reading coach was challenged in her thinking about best practices for independent reading. Ms. Miller's visit included modeling interactive…
Descriptors: Reflection, Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Durham, Patricia; Raymond, Roberta D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
This study examined how purposely exposing students to types of "tagging" opportunities for metacognitive reading skills strengthened cognitive reading fluency, or the fluidity and awareness of thinking, applying, and reflecting on their critical reading skills. Additionally, another purpose was to uncover if becoming metacognitively…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Metacognition, Reading Fluency
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Pletcher, Bethanie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This article addresses ways that literacy coaches can form and sustain effective working relationships with teachers. The author has combined firsthand experience as a literacy coach with a review of the literature as it pertains to teacher/coach relationships. There are several common themes that appear in the literature as advice for this aspect…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Teacher Collaboration, Teachers
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Stover, Katie; O'Rear, Allison; Morris, Carolyn – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research suggests that additional reading instruction is necessary to support struggling adolescent readers. In addition to time allocated for reading and access to appropriately leveled texts, many students need teacher support in learning and implementing a range of reading strategies. As a high school English teacher and a middle school Social…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Reading Difficulties, Student Needs, Tutoring
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Montelongo, José A.; Hernández, Anita C.; Herter, Roberta J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
English-Spanish cognates are words that possess identical or nearly identical spellings and meanings in both English and Spanish as a result of being derived mainly from Latin and Greek. Of major importance is the fact that many of the more than 20,000 cognates in English are academic vocabulary words, terms essential for comprehending school…
Descriptors: English, Spanish, Picture Books, Reading Lists
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Swicegood, Philip; Miller, Melinda – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Literacy instruction for students with mild to moderate special needs should include authentic literature. Literature-based reading instruction provides time for students to develop new knowledge and strategies in a supportive context. When reading instruction occurs in an inclusion classroom, it also allows time for general education and special…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Team Teaching, Mild Intellectual Disability, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Young, Chase; Stover, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study helped the researchers to determine if blogging as a revision strategy in a second grade classroom was beneficial. Nineteen second grade students wrote expository essays and made revisions and edits based on peer feedback in a blogging environment. Six elementary school teachers independently rated the students' writing samples using…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Revision (Written Composition)
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Sharp, Laurie; Brown, Tiffany – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Handwriting is an essential skill for learners, but advancements with technology have greatly altered perceptions towards handwriting and handwriting instruction. This study sought to determine the current state of handwriting through an exploratory analysis of the teaching experiences of three practicing elementary teachers with varying…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes
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Walker, Karen E. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research concerning preschool teachers' constructions of early reading has potential to influence teachers' curricular decisions and classroom practice. Six preschool teachers in North Texas were interviewed in regard to what they think about early reading and how they develop these understandings or constructions. The systematic, inductive…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Reading, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Chiarelli, MaryAnne; Szabo, Susan; Williams, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study examined the use of a free behavioral management software program to see if it was successful to help first grade students recognize and self-monitor their behaviors while working in centers during teacher directed guided reading time. The study found that ClassDojo had a positive impact on these first grade students' behaviors and…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education
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Huddleston, Andrew P.; Rockwell, Elizabeth C. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This historical critique of high-stakes testing in reading focuses on selected events from three historical movements: 1) the history of standardized testing, 2) the history of standardized reading tests, and 3) the history of high-stakes testing. These three interrelated histories have produced the high-stakes, standardized reading tests used in…
Descriptors: Criticism, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Efficiency
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Sinclair, Becky; Szabo, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Legible penmanship is important. However, young students have difficulty producing legible handwriting (Marr, Windsor, & Cermak, 2001). As legible handwriting is a benefit for both the students and the teachers in the classroom setting, this study examined if pencil size had an impact on preschool and kindergarten students' handwriting. The…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Young Children
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Welsh, Kimberly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This one-year exploratory case study attempted to discern which adjustments in culture, physical classroom environment, and instruction were needed to improve reading instruction in ailing K-2 classrooms at Lion Elementary School. A holistic approach was created to diagnose the problem surrounding poor early reading achievement. After proper…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Program Improvement, Reading Instruction, Elementary Schools
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Gaffner, Jacqueline; Johnson, Kary; Torres-Elias, Annette; Dryden, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of collaborative efforts between a large metropolitan school district and the school of education at an area urban university. A reading clinic, in which university students conducted small guided reading group lessons with elementary students reading below grade level, was established through…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Individualized Instruction, College School Cooperation
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Young, Chase – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This article describes an action research project undertaken by a second grade teacher looking for research-based ways to increase his students' reading comprehension. He designed fifteen comprehension workstations and evaluated their effect on his second graders' reading comprehension scores as measured by district Imagination Station…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Reading Comprehension, Workstations, Action Research
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