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Structures And Strategies For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Eighth Grade Mathematics Classroom, Felicia Dobbins May 2020

Structures And Strategies For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Eighth Grade Mathematics Classroom, Felicia Dobbins

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project addresses the challenges students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face in the general education classroom and provides integrated research based instructional strategies aligned with accommodations and/or modifications. Specific challenges addressed in this project include structuring lessons with routines for challenges with social interactions, modifying curriculum for use with technological devices for a deficiency in fine motor skills, and adapting classroom procedures in the mathematics classroom for ASD students with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The accommodations and modifications are blended into the eighth-grade mathematics curriculum according to the Common Core State Standards and New York State’s ...


Implementing A Flipped Classroom In A Unit On Slope, Ryan Tuggle-Haskins May 2020

Implementing A Flipped Classroom In A Unit On Slope, Ryan Tuggle-Haskins

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As instructional technology increases, educators seek ways to incorporate it into their curriculum. One effective method teachers use is the flipped classroom. It can be challenging to incorporate a flipped classroom; thus, this curriculum project was designed to support its implementation. The curriculum project presents an exemplar on using remote instruction with the Algebra topic of slope. During the Spring 2020 global pandemic that resulted in the shutdown of public schools, many teachers looked to the flipped classroom for best practices in remote instruction. This project was designed to highlight instructional technology to support remote instruction as well as presenting ...


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 ...


Exploring Angles, Lines And Triangles Through Project-Based Learning, Micah Court May 2020

Exploring Angles, Lines And Triangles Through Project-Based Learning, Micah Court

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project was created by a teacher for teachers, providing a hands-on learning module for a geometry classroom. The project-based learning module emphasizes collaboration and communication as part of the task. Topics include congruence and similarity as well as theorems involving lines, angles and triangles. Students will also apply geometric methods to solve design problems. Recommendations for how implement each phase of the project have been provided by the author. Additionally, scoring rubrics have been provided. The project-based learning module is aligned to the New York State Next Generation Standards for Mathematics, specifically geometry standards throughout secondary grade levels.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Teaching A Geometry Unit On Solids Incorporating Blending Learning, Allison Shields Dec 2019

Teaching A Geometry Unit On Solids Incorporating Blending Learning, Allison Shields

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum was developed to help teachers implement blended learning models into a unit on geometric solids. The curriculum incorporates group discussions, hands-on activities and virtual manipulatives to develop student’s conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning. The materials are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and intended for a Non-Regents Geometry course.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices For Educators Of Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Students, Tyler Jarosinski Jul 2018

Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices For Educators Of Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Students, Tyler Jarosinski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Schools within the United States have grown tremendously over the last decade in cultural and linguistic diversity. Teachers have a responsibility to teach all students, regardless of their unique backgrounds or language abilities; however, English language learners and students of color are not receiving the same academic success as their White and English-dominant peers. Rochester City School District Regents exam data illustrates observable racial achievement disproportionality that suggests certain groups of students are not receiving an equitable education. To combat this disproportionality, a handbook and professional development plan was created for Rochester-area teachers at World of Inquiry School (WOIS) to ...


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 ...


A Project Based Learning Approach To Teaching Geometry In A 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish May 2018

A Project Based Learning Approach To Teaching Geometry In A 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was created by a teacher for teachers, to present an example of how to use project based learning in a 7th grade mathematics curriculum while meeting the New York State Common Core Standards. More specifically, the project asks students to create a building plan that would fill a need in their community and present this plan to an interested group. The project focuses on a number of mathematical concepts including area, volume, ratios, and proportions.


Credit Card Interest Curriculum For Algebra 1 And Algebra 2, Agnieszka Wallace May 2018

Credit Card Interest Curriculum For Algebra 1 And Algebra 2, Agnieszka Wallace

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was designed to support teachers to implement credit card interest literacy into the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 curriculum and was created by a second career teacher from the financial field. Financial mistakes made early in life can have serious implications and could be very costly. Studies show that less than one-third of young adults understand the concept of compound interest. This curriculum project includes compound interest algebra topics connected to financial applications of credit card interest.


Alternative Assessments: Moving Learning Forward In A Geometry Classroom, Lindsey Hadzima May 2018

Alternative Assessments: Moving Learning Forward In A Geometry Classroom, Lindsey Hadzima

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project was created by a teacher for teachers, providing alternative assessments for a geometry classroom. The assessments emphasize collaboration and group work as part of the assessment task. Topics include geometric proofs, geometric constructions, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometry, polygons and polyhedra, volume and surface area. Recommendations for how and when to use each alternative assessment have been provided by the author. Additionally scoring rubrics have been provided. The alternative assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, specifically geometry standards throughout secondary grade levels.


A Global Mind Is A Nurtured Mind: The Demand To Consider And Cure The Deprivation Of Multicultural Education, Amber D'Ambrosia Dec 2017

A Global Mind Is A Nurtured Mind: The Demand To Consider And Cure The Deprivation Of Multicultural Education, Amber D'Ambrosia

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The leaders of tomorrow are the bright and knowledgeable students of today. The problem with how these students are being prepared for their role as future leaders stems from the lack of diversity in literature, and the overall lack of multicultural education in American public schools. The dominant narratives being published, circulated, and studied in schools do not appropriately reflect, nor appropriately engage the multifaceted population of students accessing the discourse. The United States must no longer be notorious for its belief in its own cultural and historical superiority, but instead should begin making strides toward evolving the educational experiences ...


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 ...


Out With The Old, In With The New Digital Era Instruction: 21st Century Education Must Conform To The Needs Of "Digital Kids", Sheila Neth Jul 2017

Out With The Old, In With The New Digital Era Instruction: 21st Century Education Must Conform To The Needs Of "Digital Kids", Sheila Neth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Modern day youths are known for their tech savvy ways and dependency on digital devices. They choose to spend their free time in front of a digital screen chatting, taking and sending photos, playing games, drafting emoji messages, etc. These youths are then expected to attend school and remove all electronic devices and pay attention for 6+ hours a day in each seat for at least 40-minute intervals. The relevancy to learn is lost; students can hardly see any relevancy in the content being learned at school with their own lives filled with technology and immediate driven results. Thus, it ...


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 Financial Literacy Curriculum Project On Linear Functions In Algebra I Aligned With New York State Common Core State Standards, Michael T. Hughson Jr May 2017

A Financial Literacy Curriculum Project On Linear Functions In Algebra I Aligned With New York State Common Core State Standards, Michael T. Hughson Jr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There is a lack of financial literacy curriculum available for teachers to support students learning of mathematical skills that are needed in real life. Financial literacy curricula can support students learning real life skills needed before independent living situations in college or career. Direct mathematical modelling and application can support students comprehension of the relationship between financial literacy and algebra. This curriculum highlights the ideology of the need to know drives learning and aligns real world financial literacy problems to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) algebra standards.


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 ...


Motivating Students To Read: A Case Study, Samantha K. Ericksen Dec 2016

Motivating Students To Read: A Case Study, Samantha K. Ericksen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper explores various literacy techniques that can be used to motivate and engage students to read. The literacy techniques examined were student choice, student interest, rereading with a purpose, and book discussions. A case study was conducted to determine whether or not these techniques increased reading engagement and motivation.


Solving Systems Of Equations And Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione Dec 2016

Solving Systems Of Equations And Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As a response to both the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a recent approval of a change by the New York State Board of Regents to allow multiple pathways for graduation, this curriculum project, which will be referred to as a unit plan throughout the paper, was designed to meet the need for more units of study that address looking for and making use of structure in Algebra. The unit plan on solving systems of equations and inequalities is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for mathematics (NYSCCLM) and addresses looking for ...


Don’T Forget About Social Studies: A Unit Plan Project On Using Integration In Elementary Social Studies, Roland J. Yockel Ii Dec 2016

Don’T Forget About Social Studies: A Unit Plan Project On Using Integration In Elementary Social Studies, Roland J. Yockel Ii

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Social studies is one of the four core content areas in the elementary curriculum. With the current climate of standardized testing and the Common Core standards, social studies is facing marginalization in the elementary classroom. More and more time is being spent on English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics and less time is being spent on social studies. Elementary social studies is facing a problem that could greatly affect the future of the elementary classroom.

This project looks at and addresses the problem of marginalization of elementary social studies. The literature review identifies the details of the current state of ...


The Question Of Digital Game Based Learning: An Investigation Into The Potential Promises And Perils Of Education's Golden Goose, Molly E. O'Riley Dec 2016

The Question Of Digital Game Based Learning: An Investigation Into The Potential Promises And Perils Of Education's Golden Goose, Molly E. O'Riley

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper seeks to explore the recent research around digital game based learning (DGBL) and the K-12 classroom. Through an analytical review of the literature, this paper explores relationships between extant professional literature and empirical research, as well as examining common themes found through the exploration. There seems to be a dearth between the anecdotal literature advocating the use of DGBL in the classroom and empirical research to support its actual effect. This study looks at four different research articles written between 2010 and 2015 in order to find out if there is empirical evidence that supports the use of ...


Uncovering Models And Visualizations In The Chemistry Classroom, An Assessment Of Classroom Activities And Lessons, Michael Brooke-Gay Oct 2016

Uncovering Models And Visualizations In The Chemistry Classroom, An Assessment Of Classroom Activities And Lessons, Michael Brooke-Gay

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Chemistry education, although difficult, can be improved through the use of modeling and visualizations in the classroom. Example case studies throughout will show the importance of models and questioning techniques used to assess student understanding. By injecting mental models, physical scientific models, cartoons, analogies and computer simulations into the curriculum, chemistry can become a subject where seeing the unseen is possible.


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 ...