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Multiple Intelligences In The Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project On Linear Equations And Inequalities In One Variable, Angelina Rocchio May 2020

Multiple Intelligences In The Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project On Linear Equations And Inequalities In One Variable, Angelina Rocchio

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project explores the utilization of Howard Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences theory in the mathematics classroom. There are eight distinct multiple intelligences that can be found in heterogeneous classrooms of students and often students have a blend of these eight intelligences. This curriculum project discusses different methods for integrating certain multiple intelligences into the mathematics classroom. The multiple intelligences that have been included in this curriculum project are Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. The Algebra unit this curriculum project focuses on is Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable. The curriculum provided includes a ...


Welcoming Our Immigrant Students: Using Folklore To Bridge The Gap In Multicultural Classrooms, Amy L. Powers May 2020

Welcoming Our Immigrant Students: Using Folklore To Bridge The Gap In Multicultural Classrooms, Amy L. Powers

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The United States is a country historically made up of immigrants. Our shores have been a beacon of hope to travelers from all over the world and today is no different. The U.S. borders are flooded with people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Whether they are chasing the “American dream” or escaping violence and poverty in their home country, they come to the United States seeking hope and change. Sadly, we live in a time where immigration is at the forefront of news and not always portrayed in a positive light. Our students ...


Literature Healing, Courtney Robinson Dec 2019

Literature Healing, Courtney Robinson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Using young adult literature (YAL) as a tool to bring awareness to mental health can provide a solution for the concerning rise of mental health issues being experienced by adolescents. It is evident that students need guidance and conversations about dealing with struggles they face such as depression, suicide, sexuality, and bullying. In order to use YAL as an effective tool, educators need access to texts that include characters experiencing mental health and psychological issues. Along with training, educators need to know how to convey and connect the information within the texts due to the density of the topics being ...


High School Chemistry Curricular Redesign: The Spiral Curriculum, John Posillico Dec 2019

High School Chemistry Curricular Redesign: The Spiral Curriculum, John Posillico

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this project is to highlight the effectiveness of interleaved practice, commonly referred to as the Spiral Curriculum. Embedded in interleaved practice is the process of forgetting. The robust body of research that serves as the foundation for this project supports the idea that randomized presentation of material that students have had previous exposure to fosters stronger learning. Students that experience an interleaved curriculum show more success with retention of concepts than students who receive blocked or repetitive instruction. This project outlines a Spiral Curriculum in a high school chemistry classroom. It includes lesson plans, assessments, and activity ...


You Can Handle The Truth: How To Create A Caring Classroom Culture In Which To Address Uncomfortable Topics, Delia Andalora Dec 2019

You Can Handle The Truth: How To Create A Caring Classroom Culture In Which To Address Uncomfortable Topics, Delia Andalora

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

High school teachers have the job of equipping students with a set of skills and knowledge that will help them be successful, functioning members of society in this complex world. Unfortunately, public schools across the country are failing to adequately prepare young adults for the adversity that each of us must inevitably face in our lives. By avoiding topics such as race, sexuality, sexism, immigration, and other topics because they are uncomfortable, teachers are lying to their students about the world which can lead to a pervasive and damaging ignorance. Creating a caring classroom in which teachers and students respect ...


A Spiraling Curriculum Project On Factoring For Grade 7-Algebra 2, Marissa Meehan Dec 2019

A Spiraling Curriculum Project On Factoring For Grade 7-Algebra 2, Marissa Meehan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was designed in response to the shift to the New York State Next Generation Standards to help teachers implement the updated standards for factoring in grades 7-12. These standards depend on spiraling curricula, but this aspect is often lost in implementation. This curriculum project provides units on factoring spanning grades 7, 8 (Pre-Algebra), Algebra I and Algebra II. This project has an emphasis on Mathematics Practice Standards 7 and 8.


The Truth Still Matters: Teaching Information Literacy To Combat Fake News And Alternative Facts, Alexander Mulroy Dec 2019

The Truth Still Matters: Teaching Information Literacy To Combat Fake News And Alternative Facts, Alexander Mulroy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As the way we consume information has changed over the last two decades, so too have methods of deception and misinformation. It is clear that unlimited access to information has been equal parts enlightening and confusing as determining the truth becomes increasingly difficult. Despite popular wisdom which suggests that today’s young people are inherently skilled at assessing the credibility of online sources, evidence has shown that this could not be further from the truth. We can no longer view information literacy as merely a helpful skill for writing essays now that fake news and misinformation have proven their powers ...


Improving Depth Of Student Understanding Of Physics Content Using Standards Based Grading, Elizabeth Carbone Dec 2019

Improving Depth Of Student Understanding Of Physics Content Using Standards Based Grading, Elizabeth Carbone

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Much of the research in education shows that grading and reporting are foundational elements in every educational system, but the key to keeping the system healthy is making the grades meaningful. Through this process, this study established multiple qualities necessary for effective grading methods based on the most current and up-to-date research studies. Teachers, parents, and administration are constantly referring to the significance of students grades. Students are consistently encouraged to increase their grades and are told that these grades will affect how they do in life. However, even with a continual focus on grades and grading policies, many studies ...


Developing Phenomena-Based Storylines For Middle School Next Generation Science Standard Units, Kelly Russo Dec 2019

Developing Phenomena-Based Storylines For Middle School Next Generation Science Standard Units, Kelly Russo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With the publication and subsequent work of teachers toward implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, the need for newer and more engaging methods to teach science must be developed. One of the greatest challenges to this shift is the current lack of curricular materials that reflect these changes, especially at the middle school level. This new three-dimensional learning approach requires the creation of new curriculum materials to allow these changes to take effect in the classroom. One such method that has been instituted to meet the demands of these new challenges is the development and use of the Next ...


Reaction Rates In Chemistry: A Learning Segment Using The 5e/Grc Instructional Model, Corey Hollister Dec 2019

Reaction Rates In Chemistry: A Learning Segment Using The 5e/Grc Instructional Model, Corey Hollister

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The following project utilizes the 5E Instructional Sequence and the Gather, Reason, Communicate Instructional Sequence to promote a single-cohesive learning segment. The content covered is that of chemical reactions specifically discussed in the Next Generation Science Standards as HS-PS1-5. Included are a literature review, the learning segment, materials, student prompts, and the rationale behind the various parts of the segment.


Implementing Digital Tools In Assessments For Algebra, Brandon M. Kapcinski Oct 2019

Implementing Digital Tools In Assessments For Algebra, Brandon M. Kapcinski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project will give a brief overview of what purpose formative and summative assessments have in secondary mathematics classrooms. Furthermore, this paper will discuss the importance of digital content as it pertains to assessment. Specifically, this algebra curriculum project provides secondary mathematics educators with necessary information on how to utilize digital tools with assessment to deepen student’s content knowledge. The framework of the SAMR Model guides teachers to the smooth integration of digital technology in assessment.


Science Concepts Visualization And Classroom Engagement Through Technology And Simulations, Kaylee Santos Oct 2019

Science Concepts Visualization And Classroom Engagement Through Technology And Simulations, Kaylee Santos

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper discusses different online simulations that help deepen students understanding of chemistry concepts. These simulations are suggested to coincide with NYS chemistry curriculum and will help supplement current lesson plans in the classroom.


The Impact Of Integrated Co-Teaching On Special Education Students In The High School English Language Arts Classroom, Emily Werner Oct 2019

The Impact Of Integrated Co-Teaching On Special Education Students In The High School English Language Arts Classroom, Emily Werner

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In many classrooms across the country, the integration of special education students has become widely accepted and common. In these situations, students with disabilities are expected to meet the same requirements and standards as general education students with less individualized time for instruction to close learning gaps. Consequently, these students are struggling and falling farther behind in the classroom, often leaving them frustrated and unwilling to participate in school work. These challenges increase in the English Language Arts classroom, where the progress of students with disabilities is often impeded by low reading levels, challenges with writing, and inability to access ...


The Purposeful Position Of Phet Simulations In A 5e Model: A Rationale For Phet Integration In The Explore (Introduction), Explain (Core Instruction) And Elaborate (Assessment) Phases Of Nys Chemistry Units, Zackary D. Waild Oct 2019

The Purposeful Position Of Phet Simulations In A 5e Model: A Rationale For Phet Integration In The Explore (Introduction), Explain (Core Instruction) And Elaborate (Assessment) Phases Of Nys Chemistry Units, Zackary D. Waild

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Often, students become disengaged and unmotivated by chemistry and struggle with the content. Due to the abstract nature of chemistry, students already struggle to visualize what is happening and, combined with the relatively high levels of disengagement, student learning is lacking. Simulations can help students and teachers alike overcome these issues in learning chemistry by providing actual visualizations of the chemistry phenomena for students to see. Simulations can also help students create connections between the chemistry content and its associated real-world phenomena, a link that can be difficult or even impossible for students to make. This compilation and guide of ...


Developing A Curriculum For The Ela Inclusive Classroom That Meets The Shifts In The Ccss, Allison Sharpe Aug 2019

Developing A Curriculum For The Ela Inclusive Classroom That Meets The Shifts In The Ccss, Allison Sharpe

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Educators of 2019 are required to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in inclusive classrooms while also engaging students in meaningful connections. The CCSS provide an outline of academic content, knowledge, and skills that students need in order to be college and career ready. Teachers are the connection between the standards, the academic content, and the students. It is up to the teachers to reach and engage their students by creating meaningful connections between the academic content and the real-world. Students who are engaged and making connections to the instructional material are creating learning that lasts beyond the classroom ...


Research-Based Instructional Strategies To Support Newcomers In The Mainstream Classroom, Melissa Gonzalez Aug 2019

Research-Based Instructional Strategies To Support Newcomers In The Mainstream Classroom, Melissa Gonzalez

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

After Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017, the Rochester City School District received an influx of Newcomer students; over 600 students were placed in the District. Teachers at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 shared, by way of survey, that they did not feel comfortable nor adequately prepared to teach these students. When teachers complete a teacher certification program, they are taught many strategies to use in the classroom; however, strategies specific to Newcomers are not included in those teachings. The effects of not having trained and qualified teachers for Newcomers in the mainstream classroom ...


Equity And Democracy: A Push Towards Social Justice In The Ela Classroom, Sean Formato May 2019

Equity And Democracy: A Push Towards Social Justice In The Ela Classroom, Sean Formato

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Despite the fact that schools demand character education, very little in terms of resources is devoted to infusing social justice into the ELA curriculum. Since our ELA instruction has stagnated, our national discourse has become more divided than ever, and many of our core ethical values once thought to be the bedrock of America are now in dispute. It is essential that we re-imagine the ELA curriculum to contain a focus on social justice education in order to instill the values of empathy and equity in our students. If ELA classrooms incorporated the four components of social justice education, schools ...


Fostering Motivation With An Authentic Task Based Unit On Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue May 2019

Fostering Motivation With An Authentic Task Based Unit On Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was created to provide teachers with additional resources to use when teaching an 8th grade unit on linear modeling. The included activities put an emphasis on grappling with new ideas, communication, and developing understanding through a project using real world mathematics. An embedded goal in the curriculum is to foster student motivation in mathematics. The main topic involves constructing scatter plots, noticing trends in the data, and constructing lines of best fit based on these trends. Recommendations are included by the author for implementing the included activities, as well as a rubric for evaluating the student ...


Using Multicultural Literature To Enhance The Reading Skills Of Youth Of Color, Jessica Rapp May 2019

Using Multicultural Literature To Enhance The Reading Skills Of Youth Of Color, Jessica Rapp

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

21st Century youths live in a diverse world. Students of today, especially youths of color, struggle to connect with what they are learning due to an outdated curriculum that follows literature from the literary canon. The use of multicultural literature needs to be in every classroom for students to understand and appreciate diversity, find self-worth, and truly identify with what they are reading. Implementing multicultural literature into the curriculum will help students be engaged and motivate them to read. It is every educator’s duty to ensure students are reaching their fullest potential, that means having a healthy balance ...


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 ...


Rethinking Mathematical Proofs And The Opportunity To Learn, Robert Burgett Apr 2019

Rethinking Mathematical Proofs And The Opportunity To Learn, Robert Burgett

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Mathematical proofs are conceptually difficult for many students and the perceived lack of relevance in terms of authenticity and practicality may result in feelings of apathy or indifference. Providing students with connections and applications of the process of proof-solving can help alleviate this problem. This curriculum project includes materials designed to supplement existing units on geometric proof. These materials are intended to provide teachers with opportunities for students to both frequently practice with components of mathematical literacy relative to proofs and to allow multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate growth and evidence of learning. Mathematical discourse amongst students is also ...


Implementing Technology In A Geometry Curriculum, Stephanie Zimmerman Jan 2019

Implementing Technology In A Geometry Curriculum, Stephanie Zimmerman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was designed to assist teachers to implement technology into the Common Core Geometry Curriculum and was created by a second career teacher who supported Geometry classes as a teaching assistant. Technology has become deeply rooted in the lives of students from birth and studies show that using technology in the classroom can impact their learning. This curriculum project includes lessons from across the geometry curriculum using various technological tools.


Creating A Discourse-Rich Classroom Culture To Enhance Academic Discussions Across Content Areas, Briana Cammarata Jan 2019

Creating A Discourse-Rich Classroom Culture To Enhance Academic Discussions Across Content Areas, Briana Cammarata

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today’s students struggle with effectively communicating their ideas in the classroom. Despite constantly being asked to think, write, read and respond students respond negatively when asked to interact verbally in an academic setting. The solution is not to force students to engage in dialogue, but to provide various opportunities for students to interact with both the teacher and their peers. “By allowing students to take responsibility for their own education we can close the gaps in our students learning”. (Turney) These interactions are crucial to student achievement and growth because they require students to explain their high-level thinking. When ...


Curriculum To Support The Flipped Classroom In 8th Grade Mathematics, Haley Parker Jan 2019

Curriculum To Support The Flipped Classroom In 8th Grade Mathematics, Haley Parker

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In mathematics classrooms much time is spent on instruction leaving little time for student questions and almost no time for student-teacher interactions during problem solving. One solution that addresses this problem is the flipped classroom model. This thesis will provide teachers with curriculum to teach a unit on systems of linear equations using a flipped classroom model of instruction.Provided are notes for instructional videos, bellwork, classwork, a unit review and unit test. The curriculum provided is intended to give teachers a template to use to record their own instructional videos, and work for students to do during class time.


Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin Dec 2018

Autonomy, Education, Virtue, Seamus Clarkin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The ways in which educators have tried to implement autonomy support have typically been constrained by their pedagogical interests and demands from above for certain threshold levels of performance. In our current educational system, this treats autonomy as a means to the end of measurement-based outcomes. The research on autonomy such as self-determination theory (SDT) often acknowledges the significance as a matter of background, but the actual ways teachers bring it into class is typically much more superficial than what might be possible with authentic cognitive autonomy support. Further, the innate status of the three needs put forth by SDT ...


Understanding Cultural Differences Between Home And School For Latino Students, Leslie Rivera Dec 2018

Understanding Cultural Differences Between Home And School For Latino Students, Leslie Rivera

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Many minority families, including Hispanics/Latinos, have limited communication with educators, and it is not by coincidence. Teachers are not always educated on how to work with ELL families, or what strategies to use, in order to communicate and make positive connections with families. Minority families struggle to understand the American educational system, and feel ignored and marginalized because of their limited understanding and language abilities.

This researcher took a survey of about three hundred staff members at Monroe #1 BOCES, in order to find the barriers that impact school and ELL family communication the most. The language barrier, miscommunication ...


Preparing New Teachers To Manage The Modern Classroom, Cody Kaminska Dec 2018

Preparing New Teachers To Manage The Modern Classroom, Cody Kaminska

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Classroom management is broadly defined as the wide variety of skills and techniques that teachers use to keep students organized, orderly, focused, on task, and academically productive during class. A teacher’s skills as a classroom manager are vital to being an efficient and effective teacher, no matter how knowledgeable a teacher may be on a subject. However, while most college curriculums focus on pedagogy and curriculum-building skills, most do not place explicit focus on classroom management strategies. This leaves many teacher candidates feeling ill-prepared to manage a classroom upon leaving academia. This paper explores the necessity of creating 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 Focus On Scientific Inquiry In Cte Through A Green Space, Emily Anderson Dec 2018

A Focus On Scientific Inquiry In Cte Through A Green Space, Emily Anderson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Science education trends state that students and teachers should work to promote learning by making science relevant and meaningful. With a changing world, the way science is taught and learned needs to change too. There is an increasing push for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awareness and the engineering design process. Integrated science education in Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a trend and area of teaching that is needed and looked at as a way to make science more relevant and meaningful. Teachers are expected to engage students in meaningful and purposeful instruction that provided students with inquiry ...


Teaching Science Through Multimedia: Transitioning From A Technology-Centered Approach To A Learner-Centered Approach, Daniel Roberti Dec 2018

Teaching Science Through Multimedia: Transitioning From A Technology-Centered Approach To A Learner-Centered Approach, Daniel Roberti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

An increase in the amount of educational multimedia content found on the internet has made it easier for teachers to flip their classrooms and have students learn through video as opposed to traditional lecture. However, two primary concerns exist with this method: (1) learning through video can be too passive as students are just expected to absorb the material and (2) there is usually no way to ensure students are viewing the multimedia assigned for them to watch. This project addresses each of these concerns and proposes solutions. Criteria are also identified within the literature to establish what characterizes a ...