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Implementing Comprehensible Input In The World Language Classroom, Anna Disabatino May 2019

Implementing Comprehensible Input In The World Language Classroom, Anna Disabatino

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Using Comprehensible Input (CI) strategies to accomplish Second Language Acquisition (SLA) as defined by Krashen (1982) is gaining traction throughout World Language classrooms. By providing input to students that is comprehensible, yet slightly challenging, they can be introduced to new grammar and linguistic concepts that will enhance the acquisition process. However, teachers must use a variety of CI strategies in the classroom in order to be most successful. The CI strategies must also be tailored to the level that is taught; CI strategies should look different in a classroom of students at the novice level than they do in a ...


Embracing Audiobooks As An Effective Educational Tool, Stacy Waite Dec 2018

Embracing Audiobooks As An Effective Educational Tool, Stacy Waite

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The advancement of technology is changing the field of education and expanding the methods of delivering information. Smartboards, computers, and tablets are just a few of the tools that have claimed a space in modern-day classrooms. While these advantageous devices are welcomed by most, one such resource that literature enthusiasts seem to be especially hesitant to embrace are audiobooks. Almost three-fourths of Americans surveyed reported that they had read a book in the past year, but less than one-fifth had listened to an audiobook. Despite the convenient aspects such as mobility, ease of access, and entertainment provided, traditional readers still ...


A Practical Guide To Incorporating Best Practices Into A College-Level Instrumental Methods Course, Keith Osgood Dec 2018

A Practical Guide To Incorporating Best Practices Into A College-Level Instrumental Methods Course, Keith Osgood

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There are a great number of teaching methods and practices which have been thoroughly studied and supported by research, but have not yet achieved widespread use in academia. An Instrumental Methods course offered at the College of Brockport presented a unique setting within which to examine some of these practices. Tools such as POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and PBL were utilized in place of traditional lecture with a number of other innovative methods being used, including alternative grading and computer simulations. A review of the relevant research on these methods was conducted and summarized. Following this, a scholarly ...


An Introduction To Implementing Technology In The Classroom Using Interactive Web-Based Applications, Matthew Rybak May 2018

An Introduction To Implementing Technology In The Classroom Using Interactive Web-Based Applications, Matthew Rybak

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today’s students have grown up in a world where technology is an essential and accessible component of daily life, and it therefore plays an integral role in the modern classroom. Implementing technology into the traditional classroom can be an intimidating task; this curriculum project aims to aid educators in understanding the benefits of using technology, and to simplify its implementation. Desmos and Nearpod are used in this curriculum because they are excellent examples of two user-friendly and adaptable applets that facilitate technology-focused instruction. Each of the two units in this curriculum are designed to assist teachers who use a ...


Inner Dialogue Reading Behaviors And Student Comprehension Of Texts, Antonio Madau Dec 2017

Inner Dialogue Reading Behaviors And Student Comprehension Of Texts, Antonio Madau

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study examines the use of inner dialogue reading behaviors by third grade students who achieve high scores on commercial reading assessments. The study looks at one class of third grade students in Western New York, and comparatively analyzes their self-reported use of reading behaviors in relation to their achieved scores on the Next Step in Guided Reading (GRA) commercial reading assessment. The researcher collected qualitative data from the participants using results from the administered GRA assessment, structured verbal interviews, and participants’ written responses in their weekly Independent Reading Logs. Conclusions for participants who scored highly on commercial reading assessments ...


Engaging Assessment In English Language Arts, Joseph L. Dugan, Jr. May 2017

Engaging Assessment In English Language Arts, Joseph L. Dugan, Jr.

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Assessment is key to effective instruction. In the English classroom, engaging assessment can appear difficult because of the emphasis on the development of core reading skills. However, learning how students decipher information reveals that each individual learns according to their own unique connections. Examining and understanding the impact of Dr. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory is the key to engaging assessments. This thesis dissects Dr. Gardner’s M.I. Theory and provides insight on how students learn. Furthermore, the research focuses on how Gardner’s Theory can be used to develop strategies and assessments in order to accurately and ...


Gaining Perspective: Social Media’S Impact On Adolescent Literacy Development, Kayla Swan May 2017

Gaining Perspective: Social Media’S Impact On Adolescent Literacy Development, Kayla Swan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores both teacher and student perspectives of social media’s impact on adolescent literacy development. In addition, it also investigates perspectives concerning if and how social media could be integrated into a classroom to improve student literacy skills. Research remains in dispute regarding the impact of social media use on literacy skills, as there are studies that claim social media both positively and negatively impacts students’ skills. Surveys of both teachers and students as well as semi-structured interviews of students were given and analyzed to gain insight concerning both the impact of social media on literacy skills ...


A Transition To Flipped Learning: The Oakfield Experience, David R. Porter May 2017

A Transition To Flipped Learning: The Oakfield Experience, David R. Porter

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Advances in technology over the past decades have led to increased usage of technology among school aged youth. With increases in popularity of social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there is an increased demand by some teachers to meet the students where they are, online. Students are found using the internet to stay in touch with friends, and to conduct personal research on an as needed basis; with this in mind, some teachers believe the internet is where they can best meet and engage their students. The following section discusses what flipped learning is, and why it ...


An Exploration Of Consultant Teaching: Instructional Methods And Materials To Support Struggling Learners, Karen E. Burdick May 2017

An Exploration Of Consultant Teaching: Instructional Methods And Materials To Support Struggling Learners, Karen E. Burdick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores the consultant teaching model, and consultant teacher roles in the classroom. Specifically, this study focuses on consultant teacher’s methods and materials they use to support diverse learners. By meeting with and interviewing consultant teachers, I was able to better understand the factors that drive instructional methods and materials that are used in the classroom.


Improving Reading Comprehension: For Children Living In Poverty In A Tier 3 Response To Intervention Group, Caitlin Merrifield Apr 2017

Improving Reading Comprehension: For Children Living In Poverty In A Tier 3 Response To Intervention Group, Caitlin Merrifield

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research explores the implementation of three different graphic organizers in my tier three, English Language Arts, Response to Intervention group. The purpose of this research is to improve reading comprehension for students raised in poverty. Data were collected for this study over a period of 6 weeks using the students’ graphic organizers, transcribed audio recordings, and observation notes. Data were analyzed for how effective the graphic organizer was along with why or why not. The participants were involved in the analysis portion, making their connection to their learning that much deeper.


The Impact Of Student Completion Requirements Using An Lms (Learning Management System) On Student Achievement And Differentiated Instruction In The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom Feb 2017

The Impact Of Student Completion Requirements Using An Lms (Learning Management System) On Student Achievement And Differentiated Instruction In The Classroom., Laura Burgstrom

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

School classrooms today are immersed with technology and learning management systems that provide teachers with tools to organize their classroom. However, many teachers do not know the capabilities of these LMS programs to differentiate instruction and tailor learning to meet the needs of every student in the classroom. This mixed methods study investigated the impact on student achievement of a Learning Management System called Schoology. The study also examined the Learning Management System’s ability to effectively differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners as a means to increase student achievement. Culminating assessment scores were compared from a ...


Contemporary Strategies For The 21st Century Curriculum And Modern Student In English Language Arts, Shannon Ekas Dec 2016

Contemporary Strategies For The 21st Century Curriculum And Modern Student In English Language Arts, Shannon Ekas

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The 21st century has significantly changed socially, economically, and naturally from previous centuries. This affects every aspect of life, especially major aspects of life such as education. Today, the modern student needs different forms of support and instruction from their teachers in order to thrive academically in school. This thesis explores the strategies and mindsets that teachers must implement in the 21st century English Language Arts (ELA) classroom, influenced by the modern student’s world. Specifically, this research focuses on using research-based, contemporary strategies and educational technology to enhance a learning environment that fosters culturally-responsive and student-centered teaching instruction in ...


Physics Inquiry Starters: Labs To Introduce Physics Content, Jason S. Pritchard Oct 2016

Physics Inquiry Starters: Labs To Introduce Physics Content, Jason S. Pritchard

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Next Generation Science standards emphasize students thinking and working like scientists. The New York State Board of Regents adopted the draft New York State Science Learning Standards based on the Next Generation Science Standards in December 2016 for implementation beginning July 1, 2017. Teachers are concerned about such a short timeline to implement new standards. While these standards do not include new content for Physics teachers, many of them deepen the content and require a higher level of Blooms Taxonomy to meet the standards than the previous standards. Research backs inquiry-based learning in the science classroom (Jackson & Ash, 2012; Marshall & Alston, 2014; Shemwell ...


Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis To Nurture Metacognition In Young Children, Angela M. Larmon May 2016

Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis To Nurture Metacognition In Young Children, Angela M. Larmon

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores the effects of introducing Retrospective Miscue Analysis (RMA) into a reading group comprised of elementary students who are struggling readers. It examines how RMA discussions are related to the field of metacognition and metacognitive awareness in students. Metacognition has been found to have significant impact on students’ memory, knowledge of reading and mathematics strategies, and perseverance. Periodical surveys of both the students and their teacher along with audio recordings of RMA discussions within the reading group were used to analyze how RMA discussions would affect the mindfulness and conversational behaviors of the young struggling readers.


The Use Of Reading Strategy Prompts In Math, Jessica N. Newton May 2016

The Use Of Reading Strategy Prompts In Math, Jessica N. Newton

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores the use of the three main reading strategy prompts from the cueing system in small group math instruction. It discusses the need for teachers in the secondary school setting to be knowledgeable about the reading process so that they can help struggling readers. The study seeks to offer a method for teachers of all content areas to begin supporting readers. One-on-one interviews were conducted to determine the participants’ current use of reading strategies prior to and at the conclusion of five mini-lessons, in which the researcher implemented the use of three reading strategy prompts: Does that ...


A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy May 2016

A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative research study explores the impact of arts integration in the ELA and social studies classroom. Through interdisciplinary lessons that weave music, theater, visual art, and movement with ELA and social studies content; this research explores the result of arts integration in the classroom. The fourth grade student participants in this study have contributed their ideas, understanding and reflections of the interdisciplinary ELA and social studies lessons through a collection of work samples, surveys, and interviews. Although the New York State Common Core State Standards have created a shift in content priorities and objectives for teachers, this study examines ...


Adapted Living Environment Lessons To Support All Students: A Toolkit Of Strategies And Scaffolds For Teaching Science To Students With Learning Disabilities In An Inclusive Setting, Kristen M. Kimble Feb 2016

Adapted Living Environment Lessons To Support All Students: A Toolkit Of Strategies And Scaffolds For Teaching Science To Students With Learning Disabilities In An Inclusive Setting, Kristen M. Kimble

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Students with disabilities continue to lag behind their non-disabled peers in academic achievement. Continued support is required to help them bridge this gap, and realize academic success. Increasingly, students with mild to moderate disabilities are spending the majority of their school day mainstreamed into integrated, inclusive classes. While there are potential benefits for all parties to this arrangement, it can present challenges to the educator trying to balance multiple interest levels, learning styles and ability levels in the same classroom. The vast majority of special education students don’t require classroom modifications, or changes to the content delivered or expectations ...


Homeless Children & Academic Achievement: What Do Adults Who Experienced Homelessness As Children Believe Teachers Can Do To Ensure Their Homeless Students Achieve Academic Success?, Debra S. Dumuhosky Dec 2015

Homeless Children & Academic Achievement: What Do Adults Who Experienced Homelessness As Children Believe Teachers Can Do To Ensure Their Homeless Students Achieve Academic Success?, Debra S. Dumuhosky

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative research examined what adults who experienced homelessness as children believe teachers can do to ensure their homeless students achieve academic success. Objectives of the study was to interview participants who experienced homelessness as children, report on recent research regarding academics and homeless children, and suggest ideas to assist students in achieving academic success. Interviews were conducted with three adult participants who experienced homelessness as children. Results of the interviews were interpreted through thematic analysis to isolate identifying themes. Five themes were identified within the participants’ interviews: Lack of Compassion/Need for Compassion, Lack of Friends, A Lot of ...


Implementing Blended Classroom Pedagogy To Deepen Student Understanding In High School Biology, David J. Krebs Dec 2015

Implementing Blended Classroom Pedagogy To Deepen Student Understanding In High School Biology, David J. Krebs

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The blended classroom model offers excitement and increased student engagement to an aging education system. The objective of this project is to demonstrate how teachers can best deepen student learning founded within 3 main focuses; first, transitioning away from passive lecture centered environments towards active student centered environments, second, to embrace technology as an educational tool, and third, to implement effective hands-on learning protocols. In this comprehensive literature review both benefits and concerns to applying blended classroom frameworks in a 9th grade living environment setting are addressed and reveal it’s effectiveness specifically stating higher student achievement and positive ...


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

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?


Reflective Peace In The At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick Aug 2015

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 ...


The Use Of Argumentation In Socio-Scientific Issues: Enhancing Evolutionary Biology Instruction, Heath R. Marchand Aug 2015

The Use Of Argumentation In Socio-Scientific Issues: Enhancing Evolutionary Biology Instruction, Heath R. Marchand

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), further emphasis in science education is being placed on preparing students to become more informed voters regarding social, ethical, economic and political topics that affect contemporary society. Parallel to this shift is a stronger emphasis on integrating evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in the biological sciences. Given that evolution is one of the aforementioned topics commonly discussed and debated about in social and political arenas, ensuring that instruction provides students from all backgrounds a comprehensive understanding of its principals is becoming increasingly important in contemporary science education. Chapter II ...


How To Increase Reading Motivation Among Elementary Children Based On Teachers’ Perspectives And Teaching Methods, Gina M. Chinappi Jun 2015

How To Increase Reading Motivation Among Elementary Children Based On Teachers’ Perspectives And Teaching Methods, Gina M. Chinappi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigates the way children react to reading based on teachers' beliefs and teaching methods. Interviews were conducted with teachers and administration in an elementary school and asked various questions regarding different aspects about reading. Also, children were observed during reading instruction. After the data was collected, it was reviewed and analyzed based on a constant comparison method. The results showed that children are more motivated to read when there is parental involvement in the school and with reading. Teachers used many reading techniques learned through professional development throughout the school year. The professional development ultimately increased reading motivation ...


Case Study: A Holistic Approach In The Orthographic Development Of One Emergent Learner, Teresa I. Singh May 2015

Case Study: A Holistic Approach In The Orthographic Development Of One Emergent Learner, Teresa I. Singh

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Spelling instruction should go beyond weekly spelling assessments. This was a learning philosophy I believed in prior to conducting this case study. Through this case study, read about how one emergent learner’s orthographic knowledge was strengthened though a holistic instructional approach. Emergent learners enter the classroom with different degrees of what they conceptualize about language and the malleability of words. With this in mind, teacher should do more than approach spelling instruction through a systemic approach that ignores what individual students are capable of and what they still need to develop. By developing spelling instruction through data collection on ...


A Case Study: The Effect Of Repeated Read-Alouds Of Complex Texts On The Comprehension Of A Preschool Student, Stephanie J. Cottrell May 2015

A Case Study: The Effect Of Repeated Read-Alouds Of Complex Texts On The Comprehension Of A Preschool Student, Stephanie J. Cottrell

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

The purpose of my research is to explore how the comprehension of a preschool student is impacted through being engaged in a total of twelve read alouds and discussions using complex texts in the form of a chapter book. During the conducting of this research, a preschooler participates in read alouds conducted by the researcher and engages in a post-reading discussion about the reading. Each read aloud is then repeated a second time followed by second post-reading discussion. My research seeks to answer to what extent can a preschool student retell and discuss content from a complex text? How ...


Applying Cooperative Learning To The New York State Living Environment Curriculum, James R. Franklin Jan 2015

Applying Cooperative Learning To The New York State Living Environment Curriculum, James R. Franklin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

According to the National Education Association, students need to be prepared to be contributing members in global society (2012). Therefore, students need to learn how to collaborate and communicate with peers in a group. So far, competition has been prevalent in the academics of the United States (Shindler, 2009). Cooperative learning provides a teaching approach based on group success. Furthermore, there is a plethora of benefits from the use of cooperative learning in the science classroom. It promotes psychological health and high academic achievement (Johnson, Johnson & Roseth, 2010; Mesch, Johnson and Johnson, 2001). Cooperative learning is also a good approach for student ...


Fourth And Fifth Grade Teachers’ Perspectives Of The Benefits Of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Activities, William G. Nyhof Jan 2015

Fourth And Fifth Grade Teachers’ Perspectives Of The Benefits Of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Activities, William G. Nyhof

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I interviewed twenty-nine fourth and fifth grade teachers in a western New York school district to get their perspectives on cooperative learning activities and how they incorporate these activities into their classrooms. The teachers were provided a nine question survey where they were asked to answer questions about how they perceive cooperative learning and how they incorporate different activities into their instruction that promote social learning. I reviewed the surveys to see what the benefits of cooperative learning are in the classroom and if teachers feel those activities help their students. I found that all twenty-nine teachers surveyed believe that ...


Fusing Literacy And The Arts To Meet Common Core Standards, Justin Jackson Jan 2015

Fusing Literacy And The Arts To Meet Common Core Standards, Justin Jackson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The literacy demands of current elementary students continues to increase through the use of state testing and Common Core State Standards while the time devoted to creative exploration suffers on the sidelines. As a way to bridge this increasing gap, educators may look towards new means of integrating literacy with the fine arts to produce a creative, fresh appearance to literacy instruction beyond that of traditional reading and writing instruction. The fine arts can serve either as literacy or as a component to a literacy lesson. This project researches the benefits of including the fine arts in some capacity to ...


The Declining Role Of Elementary Science Education In The United States:, Amy L. Visca Dec 2014

The Declining Role Of Elementary Science Education In The United States:, Amy L. Visca

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Nationally, the most important goal of contemporary science education is to produce scientifically literate adults (Zimmerman, 2007). The current goal of the National Framework for K-12 science education, which is to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science. This includes their ability to possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering information to adequately engage in public discussions on related issues. These abilities will increase in time with a goal of creating a student body that is able to continue to learn about science outside school. Further, it ...


An Algebra Unit On Quadratics For Teachers With Students With Ebd, Christopher Williams Dec 2014

An Algebra Unit On Quadratics For Teachers With Students With Ebd, Christopher Williams

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The number of students identified as having an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD) are increasing rapidly and still underreported. These students often have significant behavioral, social and academic deficits that pose challenges within and outside the school setting and are among some of the most difficult students to teach with the bleakest post-school success or employment rates. Research reveals several effective procedures for conducting interventions to increase performance, participation and engagement and in lowering the number of inappropriate behavior occurrences within the classroom. Based on these findings, an algebra unit plan on quadratics has been developed to assist and direct ...