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Professional Learning Communities As A Professional Development Model Focusing On Instructional Practices Used To Teach Writing In Early Childhood, Jill T. Leonard 2015 East Tennessee State University

Professional Learning Communities As A Professional Development Model Focusing On Instructional Practices Used To Teach Writing In Early Childhood, Jill T. Leonard

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the implementation of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) as a professional development model effective in altering teachers‘ perceptions of their knowledge and skill in teaching developmental writing in grades K-3. This research is necessary to examine how offering teachers collaborative support needed for understanding and implementing research-based best practice approaches to teach developmental writing strengthens the quality of instructional practice necessary to meet rigorous standards being imparted from Common Core Standards. Through the development of a PLC, teachers have an opportunity for collaborating within the school building, which provides optimal ...


Investing In Our Teachers, Lawrence C. Ingvarson 2015 ACER

Investing In Our Teachers, Lawrence C. Ingvarson

Dr. Lawrence Ingvarson

Although Australia has been investing more money in education, it has not been making a serious investment in what really counts –offering salary structures that enable teaching to compete with other professions for our best high school graduates, and provide irresistible incentives for all teachers to work towards achieving high professional standards.


Exploring The Implementation Of Words Their Way In A First Grade Classroom, Kathryn J. Horch 2015 The College at Brockport

Exploring The Implementation Of Words Their Way In A First Grade Classroom, Kathryn J. Horch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis explores the implementation of the program Words Their Way in a first grade classroom. I completed my study to explore the effects this program had on my students reading and writing. My research question is: How might the implementation of the program Words Their Way impact how students use their knowledge of phonics within their real reading and writing experiences?


Minnesota Institute For Early Career Librarians From Traditionally Underrepresented Groups, Trevor A Dawes 2015 Washington University in St Louis

Minnesota Institute For Early Career Librarians From Traditionally Underrepresented Groups, Trevor A Dawes

University Libraries Publications

The Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups (MNTIEL, or the Minnesota Institute) is offered every two years for librarians with less than five years’ professional library experience and is intended to provide an “opportunity to learn about leadership and organizational behavior in institutions of higher education"

This chapter provides an overview of the program highlighting some benefits and potential shortfalls.


American Council On The Teaching Of Foreign Languages-Heritage Language Sig Newsletter, Theresa Y. Austin, Yvonne Farino, Joy Payton 2015 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

American Council On The Teaching Of Foreign Languages-Heritage Language Sig Newsletter, Theresa Y. Austin, Yvonne Farino, Joy Payton

Theresa Y. Austin

An Official Newsletter of ACTFL - August 2015


Reflective Peace In The At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick 2015 The College at Brockport

Reflective Peace In The At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The intent of this project was to design a system to encourage self-reflection in the At-risk classroom. As teachers and staff working with these students, we must first learn and then model the success of self-reflection. We must know ways to properly look within ourselves through reflection and introspection, enabling our pedagogies to grow and evolve, to be at the ready to inspire whichever population of students we work with. The data from this project represents proof that classroom intervention strategies that focus on peace through self-understanding are vital for the overall success of ED students and the dedicated staff ...


Giving A Voice To The Powerless: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation As A Tool For Inclusive Development Through Microfinance, Evan T. Burke 2015 SIT Graduate Institute

Giving A Voice To The Powerless: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation As A Tool For Inclusive Development Through Microfinance, Evan T. Burke

Capstone Collection

The greatest experts on the situation of the marginalized peoples of the world are the marginalized communities themselves. This paper explores how participatory monitoring & evaluation can be a powerful tool for giving voices to marginalized communities, ensuring that the voices of beneficiaries and local stakeholders are heard and inform sustainable project design. It analyzes a participatory monitoring and evaluation methodology implemented for women’s credit cooperatives in Gujarat, India by the Human Development & Research Centre, and examines lessons to be learned to design evaluations facilitating inclusive development.

Strategies for the monitoring and evaluation of microfinance have evolved along with the ...


A Comparison Of Program Methods To Increase Elementary Teachers’ Wellness Knowledge; Web Based And Face-To-Face, John Beliard, Kirsten Lupinski 2015 Atlanta Public Schools

A Comparison Of Program Methods To Increase Elementary Teachers’ Wellness Knowledge; Web Based And Face-To-Face, John Beliard, Kirsten Lupinski

Journal of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Abstract

A significant body of research indicates teachers are suffering from stress, which leads to a variety of physical ailments, drinking issues, and high turnover rates. This research assessed a comprehensive educational intervention wellness program aimed at increasing teachers’ knowledge of health and wellness, delivered in web-based and face-to-face formats. The delivery formats were compared to determine which provided greater retention of wellness knowledge for grades K-5 educators in a low income public school system in Northwest Georgia. Fifty teachers completed the wellness intervention; 25 participated in the face to face intervention and 25 in the web-based intervention. A paired ...


De-Constructing Stereotypes In Undergraduate-Level African History And Geography Courses, Faith N. Mambulu 2015 Western University

De-Constructing Stereotypes In Undergraduate-Level African History And Geography Courses, Faith N. Mambulu

Teaching Innovation Projects

Teaching Sub-Saharan African history and geography courses in the Western parts of the world can be challenging since the media often equip students with the idea that the continent is broken and helpless (Mason, 2012). Course content has the potential to change stereotypical perceptions of Africa by portraying the continent’s achievements in culture, economy, health, and politics. If not well facilitated, students may complete courses without shifting perspectives; for that reason, this workshop will prepare potential instructors with strategies to support students in learning a balanced view of Africa. Using insights from Davis (2004) and Gugler (2010), potential instructors ...


Philosophical Writing: The Essay And Beyond, Michael Walschots 2015 Western University

Philosophical Writing: The Essay And Beyond, Michael Walschots

Teaching Innovation Projects

The primary method of evaluation in philosophy courses (both undergraduate and graduate) is usually some form of research paper or essay. There is an assumption, however, that the only kind of essay that philosophy students need to learn how to write is the argumentative essay. Indeed, philosophy instructors often consider other forms of writing less significant. This workshop intends to break down these assumptions by introducing participants to a variety of essay styles, and to other forms of practical writing that ought to be a part of undergraduate philosophy coursework. The goal of this workshop is to encourage instructors to ...


See, Hear, Speak... Using Non-Traditional Assessment Techniques In Undergraduate-Level Biology Courses, Dominique A. Potvin 2015 Western University

See, Hear, Speak... Using Non-Traditional Assessment Techniques In Undergraduate-Level Biology Courses, Dominique A. Potvin

Teaching Innovation Projects

While teaching to multiple learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile learning) has become more common in Science classrooms, assessments are often unchanged and generally delivered in traditional written formats. Since not every student's strength lies in such assessment methods, it is important to recognize the variety of ways in which we can evaluate learning in order to be more inclusive of student abilities. Even though biology coursework may not seem to lend itself to non-traditional testing, there are many opportunities to do so. These types of assessments actively engage students and allow them to sharpen a broader range ...


Math Is Not A Spectator Sport: Student-Driven Problem Solving In The Classroom, Allen O'Hara 2015 Western University

Math Is Not A Spectator Sport: Student-Driven Problem Solving In The Classroom, Allen O'Hara

Teaching Innovation Projects

One of the most important overlooked components in mathematics education is ensuring that students understand the logic and proof process. This workshop addresses this gap in pedagogy by introducing university math lecturers to two strategies for teaching the experimental nature of math results. The first strategy (problem-solving methods) involves describing the reasoning behind mathematical proofs (i.e., a series of logical statements establishing a conclusion from given premises), and the second strategy (student-driven problem solving) puts undergraduate students in charge of solution development using guided discussion and collaboration. While the first method teaches the tools of proof and allows the ...


Your Presence Is A Present: Fostering Community In Lms, Blended, And Online Environments, Jason Ribeiro 2015 Brock University

Your Presence Is A Present: Fostering Community In Lms, Blended, And Online Environments, Jason Ribeiro

Teaching Innovation Projects

The increase in online course offerings and instruction in higher education, coupled with the continued rise of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses), means that it is now more imperative than ever for instructors to reflect on their digital teaching practices. This rise has caused faculty members to not only adapt their current teaching methods to online environments, but simultaneously address attrition: “one of the biggest challenges to distance education” (Dueber and Misanchuk, 2001). Although the responsibilities of an instructor can vary based on the nature and format of the course (i.e. face-to-face vs. blended learning), developing a sense of ...


Session B: Assessing Young Children's Literacy And Mathematics Understandings, Collette Taylor, Joanne Mulligan, Maurice Walker, Prue Anderson, Marion Meiers 2015 University of Melbourne

Session B: Assessing Young Children's Literacy And Mathematics Understandings, Collette Taylor, Joanne Mulligan, Maurice Walker, Prue Anderson, Marion Meiers

From 2009 - 2015 ACER Research Conference series

Current research indicates that young children are capable of developing mathematical concepts and reasoning much earlier than previously considered. Moderated by Professor Collette Tayler, this symposium on assessing young children's literacy and mathematics understandings is in three parts. Firstly the authors explore the Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA). PASA is an early mathematical assessment interview which focuses on a range of concepts and processes and is linked with mathematical attainment in the ACER Progressive Achievement Tests in Maths (PATMaths). Secondly, the authors report on the piloting of an early-years technology-based tool called the Digital Early Reading and Mathematics Assessment ...


Teacher Teams That Work, Leah Kahn, Claudia Whitley, Michelle Williams 2015 Stephen F. Austin State University

Teacher Teams That Work, Leah Kahn, Claudia Whitley, Michelle Williams

MLET: The Journal of Middle Level Education in Texas

Teaming in middle schools is considered by many to be a best practice strategy in meeting the unique needs of the adolescent learner. Systems must be in place to support teacher teams as they work towards become a functioning unit. Administrators can assist teacher teams through providing training on the evolutional phases that teams will naturally move through as well as how to negotiate team decision making. This article reviewed the phases that teams experience as they develop and the variety of personalities and roles that team members play in teams. Tips for working towards building successful teams in the ...


Class Exploration To A Campus Library Curriculum Center To Develop Book-Building Capacity For Teacher Candidates, Camille M. Russello Ph.D., Julie J. Henry 2015 Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Class Exploration To A Campus Library Curriculum Center To Develop Book-Building Capacity For Teacher Candidates, Camille M. Russello Ph.D., Julie J. Henry

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education

The purpose of this pilot was to examine the effectiveness of the practice of providing opportunities for undergraduate elementary education teacher candidates to explore the campus library curriculum center as a group regularly during class time. During their visits, teacher candidates were guided in selecting and analyzing children’s literature for their future teaching. The research was focused on how these visits impacted teacher candidates’ understanding of children’s literature and literacy development. Data were collected through a survey administered at the conclusion of the course and responses were probed further during one-on-one interviews. Candidates described these visits as ...


Faculty Expectations Toward Their Online Courses: Are They On The Same Screen With Their Students?, John A. Huss, Shannon Eastep 2015 Northern Kentucky University

Faculty Expectations Toward Their Online Courses: Are They On The Same Screen With Their Students?, John A. Huss, Shannon Eastep

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education

This action research study explored attitudes and expectations of faculty at a Midwestern university who taught at least one fully online course during 2014. The study focused on instructor perceptions toward and experiences with web-based instruction, particularly in the critical areas of assessment and feedback; course organization; interaction with students; course flexibility; and overall communication. Findings were then compared to student responses from the authors’ previous study. A mixed-methods electronic survey blended a quantitative component in the form of 21 fixed response items with a qualitative element accomplished through two narrative response questions where content analysis was used to compress ...


Fifth Graders Blog With Preservice Teachers To Discuss Literature, Lindsay Yearta, Katie Stover, Rachel Sease 2015 Winthrop University

Fifth Graders Blog With Preservice Teachers To Discuss Literature, Lindsay Yearta, Katie Stover, Rachel Sease

Reading Horizons

In this study, fifth grade students participated in a pen pal project with pre-service teachers where they blogged for eight weeks about the book, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. Partnerships were established to provide fifth grade students with an authentic audience in an effort to increase engagement in reading and writing. The authors posit that individualized instruction, access to an authentic audience, and the utilization of technology contributed to students' growth as readers, writers, and global citizens.


Affirmation, Analysis, And Agency: Book Clubs As Spaces For Critical Conversations With Young Adolescent Women Of Color, Jody N. Polleck, Terrie Epstein 2015 Hunter College--CUNY

Affirmation, Analysis, And Agency: Book Clubs As Spaces For Critical Conversations With Young Adolescent Women Of Color, Jody N. Polleck, Terrie Epstein

Reading Horizons

This paper explores how female urban adolescents of color who participated in a literacy book club during their senior year in high school understood the impact of race, class, and gender oppression on the novels’ characters, themselves, and their communities. Based on transcripts from book club discussions and interviews conducted at the end of their senior year and the end of their first year of college, the authors illustrate how participants affirmed and asserted their voices; analyzed texts for racism, sexism, and classism; and promoted their own and others’ growth and sense of agency as resilient young women of color.


Assessing Awareness, Interest, And Knowledge Of Fractal Geometry Among Secondary Mathematics Teachers In The United States And China, Suanrong Chen 2015 University of Southern Mississippi

Assessing Awareness, Interest, And Knowledge Of Fractal Geometry Among Secondary Mathematics Teachers In The United States And China, Suanrong Chen

Dissertations

Fractal geometry has gained great attention from mathematicians and scientists in the past three decades (Fraboni, & Moller, 2008). As a new geometry language and subject, fractal geometry has significant value in teaching and learning secondary mathematics. The present study focused on investigating the current state of mathematics teachers’ awareness, interest, and knowledge of fractal geometry in the U.S. and China, as well as the factors that influence them.

The instrument of the study included a survey and a test designed by the researcher and validated by five experts. The results of the study indicated that secondary math teachers in ...


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