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A Comparison Of Two Teaching Methodologies In A Middle School Algebra Classroom, Kristina L. Tucky Dec 2006

A Comparison Of Two Teaching Methodologies In A Middle School Algebra Classroom, Kristina L. Tucky

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This study was an attempt to determine if a change in teaching methodology would have a positive effect on the outcome, as measured by a chapter test, of an algebra class. The research involved a pretest-posttest control group design of two sections of an eighth grade algebra class. The control group received the standard instructional practice, known as the "direct method", while the treatment group received the same "direct method" and additional "constructive" methodology in the form of manipulatives and group reading of the subject matter. No statistical difference was found between the means of the two classes on the ...


Family Mathematics Night, Ann M. Cartwright Dec 2006

Family Mathematics Night, Ann M. Cartwright

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The purpose of this project was to develop a family mathematics night program that would encourage parental involvement in mathematics education thus, enhancing student achievement in mathematics. Parents attending the program would: (a) become familiar with the current mathematics program used by their children; (b) learn mathematics games to play at home with their children; and (c) be introduced to various child appropriate, mathematics web sites on the Internet. Much of the material presented was recapped in a miniguide to fourth grade mathematics that was given to all the families. This guide is a tool for the parents to use ...


Retaining Nevada's High Risk Youth In High School, Pat Spadaro Dec 2006

Retaining Nevada's High Risk Youth In High School, Pat Spadaro

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The primary goal of dropout prevention programs is to prevent as many students from leaving school as possible. The percentage of individuals leaving Nevada schools without obtaining a regular diploma is among the highest in the nation (Schmidt & Barr, 2004, p. 9). The primary methodology employed in this project was Content Analysis (Leedy & Ormrod, 2005). In Content Analysis, the researcher identifies specific examples of selected characteristics in similar documents defining the characteristics more clearly. Each item is then broken down into smaller manageable segments to be analyzed separately (Leedy & Ormrod, 2005, p. 142). This research reviewed documents from the five ...


Inclusion Models In Elementary Physical Education, Wendy Storm Dec 2006

Inclusion Models In Elementary Physical Education, Wendy Storm

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Over the last 30 years the number of disabled students being placed in regular education settings has increased dramatically, as has the severity of their disabilities (Greenwood & French, 2000). With the integration of students into regular education classrooms, practitioners are challenged to provide adequate supports to insure beneficial learning environments. According to Public Law 105-17 all students must be provided elementary physical education (pecentral.org). The law does not distinguish between students who are classified as "“special education students" and those who are classified as general education students. This study investigates the development and implementation of inclusion practices for special ...


An Investigation Of Developmentally Appropriate Methods In Teaching Drawing, Mark Esguerra Dec 2006

An Investigation Of Developmentally Appropriate Methods In Teaching Drawing, Mark Esguerra

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This is an investigation sought to identify developmentally appropriate teaching methods in drawing instruction. This study assessed the different methods in teaching the fundamentals of drawing to two groups of 5th grade classes at Our Lady of Las Vegas School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The "control" group was taught by the drawing methods presented by Edwards (1979), while the "experimental" group was taught employing standard methods. Their drawing skills were assessed using a rubric that measured their success in the following four dimensions of drawing: perspective, proportion, value and composition. The study utilized the pretest-posttest control group design (Leedy & Ormrod ...


An Investigation Of Relationships Between Oral Reading Rate And Reading Comprehension, Karen F. Rimkus Nov 2006

An Investigation Of Relationships Between Oral Reading Rate And Reading Comprehension, Karen F. Rimkus

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Quantitative research methods were used including observations and tallies of reading rates, data compilation, generation of scatterplots, and descriptive statistical analysis of the results. The research focused on observations of 69 fourth graders from two fourth grade classes in a private parochial elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. The students each read a 198-word passage to measure oral reading rate. A positive relationship between oral reading rate and reading comprehension was then determined. As a result, teachers may be able to use an oral reading rate test to design curriculum before the Terra Nova achievement test is administered in September ...


Geographic Adventures: An Interdisciplinary Fourth Grade Geography Unit, Janet Campbell Nov 2006

Geographic Adventures: An Interdisciplinary Fourth Grade Geography Unit, Janet Campbell

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The need for increased geographic literacy in an age of globalization and the decline in geographic literacy among people in the United States have created an educational challenge that should be addressed aggressively in the K-12 curriculum. One roadblock to improvement of geographic instruction is the subject centered instruction designed to accommodate standardized testing. The isolation of subject materials in the educational process limits students' understanding and topic relevance. Canatsey (1999) suggested that the study of geography can create relationships among multiple subjects and that the resulting connections lead to a greater understanding of geography, as well as the other ...


Application Of Differentiation And Universal Design For Learning In The Second Grade Science Curriculum, Tami Wootton Flach Oct 2006

Application Of Differentiation And Universal Design For Learning In The Second Grade Science Curriculum, Tami Wootton Flach

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Differentiated instruction (DI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are philosophies that serve as teaching methodologies that address the needs of diverse learners in the regular classroom. Furthermore, DI can be used to engage students in instruction through different modalities, appeal to different interests, and use varied rates of instruction along with varied degrees of complexity. Also, UDL is an extension of DI, wherein the teacher provides alternatives that are built into the curriculum and suitable for most students. Additionally, the UDL model can be supported by the six principles of effective curriculum (Kame'emui & Simmons, 1999) to design curricular ...


Teaching Drama In The Esl Classroom, Lisa A. Collins Oct 2006

Teaching Drama In The Esl Classroom, Lisa A. Collins

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In the following study, the author describes the effectiveness of teaching drama techniques to English as a Second Language high school students. A review of literature is provided that demonstrates how integrating ESL teaching strategies with those of drama enhances language acquisition. The end product of the study is a 1 semester drama unit which meets standards of learning established by the Colorado Department of Education. It includes specific examples, source material, and worksheets which accommodate a variety of learning styles and levels. Students will learn to work cooperatively, develop an ability to retain information, and increase literacy skills by ...


A Novel Approach To Science, Nathan Horton Sep 2006

A Novel Approach To Science, Nathan Horton

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The purpose of this project is to provide a unit plan that focuses on concepts and theories utilized by an interdisciplinary approach. In the traditional system of education many students will go from class to class without ever realizing that what they learn in science could be applied to English or art. Also, educators are always searching for fresh ways to present information in order to keep their students motivated. Thus, the following project utilizes the novel Hoot as a focal point to help students understand various concepts related to the environment around them. This unit will attempt to also ...


Speech Communication: A Case To Make Speech A Required Course For Secondary Graduation, Emily K. Campbell Sep 2006

Speech Communication: A Case To Make Speech A Required Course For Secondary Graduation, Emily K. Campbell

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The research project examines how courses in speech communication tend to affect students. The author specifically considers how courses in speech affect student test scores, understanding in other core courses, employability in the work force, preparation for college, and self worth. Prior studies, testimonials, and an informal study from the 2004 National Forensic League National Tournament are used to support the case. The intent of the presentation is to persuade school officials to start, strengthen, or save local forensics programs.


Standards Based Integrated Mathematics Activities: A Resource Guide For Second Grade Teachers, Angela Doty Sep 2006

Standards Based Integrated Mathematics Activities: A Resource Guide For Second Grade Teachers, Angela Doty

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This author used knowledge gained from a review of literature, best practices, and personal teaching experience to create a resource of 30 integrated mathematics activities for second grade teachers. Each of the 30 activities contains stated objectives, standards addressed, materials needed, detailed instructions, applicable worksheets, and a suggested scoring guide. These activities are designed for second graders and are adaptable for first, third, and special needs students. The activities in the resource correlate with the Colorado Model Content Standards for Mathematics as well as CSAP preparation activities.


Bridging The Literature Gap With Age-Appropriate Writing For Middle School Boys And Their Teachers, Gary K. Hardy Aug 2006

Bridging The Literature Gap With Age-Appropriate Writing For Middle School Boys And Their Teachers, Gary K. Hardy

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Current research suggests that middle school aged boys are not involved in reading as much as middle school aged girls. Researchers have identified several reasons behind the findings. The first possible reason is a lack of reading interest from boys. The second possible reason is a lack of age appropriate material targeted toward the interests of boys. The third possible reason is an influx of gender-neutral reading material. This project attempts to bridge the gap by providing middle school boys with an age appropriate manuscript. The project also includes a classroom guide which provides teachers with ideas and reproducible materials.


Effectiveness Of Supplemental Reading Activities With First Grade Intensive Readers, Natalie Nena Kaplan Aug 2006

Effectiveness Of Supplemental Reading Activities With First Grade Intensive Readers, Natalie Nena Kaplan

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The effectiveness of an intervention for English language learners (ELLs) at risk for reading problems is described. The treatment group was made up of 10 first grade students who were determined at risk for reading difficulties and were provided an intervention of supplemental reading instruction throughout the school year. Their scores on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS; Good, Kaminski, Laimon, & Johnson, 1992; Good, 1994) were assessed for phoneme segmentation fluency, nonsense word fluency, and oral reading fluency prior to and following intervention. The scores of the treatment group were then compared to a control group of Intensive readers ...


Increasing The Social Connection Between Immigrant English Language Learners, School Staff, And Peers In The High School Setting, Gretchen Johnson Griffey Aug 2006

Increasing The Social Connection Between Immigrant English Language Learners, School Staff, And Peers In The High School Setting, Gretchen Johnson Griffey

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An Immigrant English Language Learner (ELL) encounters many new and different experiences when they enter high school. This transition can lead to a sense of loneliness and isolation if the student is not comfortable. However, if ELLs feel welcomed, valued, and connected to others, the high school experience can be a positive one. This research project was designed to use a personal presentation learning tool as a way to establish a needed social connection between ELLs, school staff, and native speaking peers as a way to enhance personal relationships, promote cultural understanding, and connect students to their new setting.


Five Dimensional Literacy Strategies: A Guide For Elementary Classroom Teachers, Karen J. Bixler Aug 2006

Five Dimensional Literacy Strategies: A Guide For Elementary Classroom Teachers, Karen J. Bixler

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The purpose of this project was to develop a manual for elementary school teachers and parents with background knowledge in reading that summarizes what researchers have discovered about the methodology of reading instruction and provide approaches and strategies to teach the five components of reading instruction. The guide focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction. Each component of reading defines skills, reviews evidence from research, suggests implications for classroom instruction, and describes the various strategies for teaching literacy skills that are so essential to the reading achievement of children. The strategies discussed in this project are intended ...


Revamping The Classroom: Improving The Education Of Students With Disabilities, Kathryn M. Lynn Aug 2006

Revamping The Classroom: Improving The Education Of Students With Disabilities, Kathryn M. Lynn

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A teacher in-service presentation was developed that sought to improve the education of students with disabilities through teacher communication and education about pertinent strategies. The program presented is titled "Agreed To Succeed". The "Agreed To Succeed" program is based upon the three I's: (a) initiating communication, (b) integrating learning, and (c) incorporating strategies. In the presentation, teachers were offered an approach to opening communication among teachers, students, and staff. Additionally, strategies were presented to encourage teachers to modify curriculum for their students with disabilities in their classrooms.


Ways To Implement The Practices Of The Met School Onto A Traditional Grade 3-5 Classroom, Melanie A. Molloy Aug 2006

Ways To Implement The Practices Of The Met School Onto A Traditional Grade 3-5 Classroom, Melanie A. Molloy

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This project was designed to give grade 3-5 teachers ideas to implement in their classrooms based on the practices of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) in Providence, Rhode Island. The Met School is a high school where personalization, interest-based learning, exhibitions, real-life experiences and parent communication are their main focuses. This in-service presentation focuses on ways to make a classroom more personalized, how to manage a classroom where each student is doing a project of his or her own interest, how to prepare students to do a quarterly exhibition and the importance of communication among students ...


Differentiated Teacher Training For Differentiated Instruction, Kristi Steele Aug 2006

Differentiated Teacher Training For Differentiated Instruction, Kristi Steele

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Gifted, bright, unusual, struggling, and special education students are all intermixed in classrooms today. As a result, teachers are expected to differentiate their instruction to meet the varying needs of these students. Unfortunately, the training teachers receive is often inadequate. Experienced and inexperienced teachers have different needs. In this project, the author attempted to solve this problem by designing a staff development workshop that is broken into two sections. The first section is to discuss the reasoning behind differentiated instruction. The second section is for all teachers. This section examines how differentiated instruction stems from a clear purpose of instruction ...


Handheld Technology: Impact On Student Learning, Patricia M. Corwin Aug 2006

Handheld Technology: Impact On Student Learning, Patricia M. Corwin

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The author in this project presents research on: (a) handheld technology in the classroom, (b) challenges of handheld technology, (c) pedagogical benefits of handheld technology in the classroom, and (d) methods of technology implementation. The utilization of handheld technology in the classroom improves students' learning of concepts and skills. A major concern of the educator is that, with the use of technology, students will bypass the bridge to genuine understanding, and instead obtain a relatively effortless solution to standard problems through technology aids, while they present the appearance of mastery of a concept. However, research indicates that technology, when implemented ...


Strategies To Enhance Achievement For Boys, Susan Frick Aug 2006

Strategies To Enhance Achievement For Boys, Susan Frick

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Strategies to Enhance Achievement for Boys Gurian (1996) reported that brain research shows there are definite differences between the ways that boys' and girls' brains work. This applied project identifies some of the reasons why boys underachieve in school and includes strategies to assist and facilitate success in school; thereby, building responsible and confident adults. Effective strategies were combined in the guide book to enhance the way educators teach boys in school. The strategies are effective for boys at the elementary school level.


Transition Programs For New High School Students, Carrie Jantz Aug 2006

Transition Programs For New High School Students, Carrie Jantz

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Students who make the transition from middle school to high school experience academic, procedural, and social changes. These students benefit from support designed to aid them in their transition from middle to high school. In this paper, the author identifies characteristics of students in transition, the transition itself, and successful transition programs. Also, it includes the design of a week long transition program to help ninth grade students make a smoother transition to high school. This program includes academic, procedural, and social components.


The Impact Of Looping On Student Achievement On The Colorado Student Assessment Program, Steven C. Tucker Aug 2006

The Impact Of Looping On Student Achievement On The Colorado Student Assessment Program, Steven C. Tucker

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The use of looping, the practice of students and teachers remaining together for two years or more, has increased over the past decade. This study investigated the achievement of students enrolled in both looping and traditional classrooms at Holmes Middle School (HMS) on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Test scores for the 183 students enrolled in seventh grade at were analyzed utilizing an unpaired t-test to determine if there was a statistically significant difference between the scores of 95 looping and 88 non-looping students. In all three areas tested assessed by the CSAP, reading, writing, and mathematics, it was ...


Best Practices For The English Language Learner And The Special Education Student In The Inclusive Classroom, Catherine R. Brown Aug 2006

Best Practices For The English Language Learner And The Special Education Student In The Inclusive Classroom, Catherine R. Brown

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Teachers in the United States have had to adapt, modify and collaborate in order to meet the educational diversity within their classrooms. The purpose of this project and the resulting Power Point presentation was for the author to identify from the research literature effective instructional strategies which resulted in the increased educational performance of the English Language Learner (ELL), and the special education student. Effective strategies identified by research and discussed in the Power Point presentation were: (a) direct instruction, (b) scaffolded instruction, (c) strategy instruction, (d) vocabulary instruction, (e) grouping practices, (f) monitoring student progress/feedback, and (g) differentiation ...


Teaching Students With Exceptionalities, Jacqueline M. Goodman Aug 2006

Teaching Students With Exceptionalities, Jacqueline M. Goodman

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The purpose of this project will be to develop a handbook for elementary classroom teachers to be used as a reference guide to assist with the teaching and instruction of children with exceptionalities. The author of this handbook will identify best practices which are based on research. These best practices and recommendations can be immediately implemented in the classroom, based on the teacher's observations of the student's behaviors and. The purpose of this handbook is not to replace special education assistance in regard to students with exceptionalities, but would be used as a supplement to teacher expertise and ...


The Effects Of Mastication On Memory And Recall In Elementary Students, Donnan J. Laskaris Jul 2006

The Effects Of Mastication On Memory And Recall In Elementary Students, Donnan J. Laskaris

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The purpose of this study was to research the effect of mastication through gum chewing on memory and recall in elementary students. It is imperative to research ways in which to increase brain stimulation in order to enhance memory and recall to provide students with academic success. This research was conducted to assist educators in aiding students in review and recall. Fifty students were randomly selected from first, second, and third grade classrooms in a public school. The students were from varied socioeconomic and intellectual backgrounds with varied family structures. The controlled group of twenty-five students were administered four tests ...


Aloha To Social Studies: An Integrated Curricular Unit, Olivia E. Dejana Jul 2006

Aloha To Social Studies: An Integrated Curricular Unit, Olivia E. Dejana

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In recent years teachers have struggled to find the time to dedicate to teaching social studies concepts. However, social studies instruction is an integral part of a balanced educational program. In addition to imparting factual information, social studies curricula encourage critical thinking skills and help to prepare students to become responsible members of society. This research project was intended to provide educators with a model of how to integrate social studies with other academic areas to maximize instructional time and the amount of content covered. The unit was reviewed by master teachers to ensure that the project goals were attained ...


Parent-Teacher Communication: Best Practices For First-Year Teachers, Catherine Tuholski Jul 2006

Parent-Teacher Communication: Best Practices For First-Year Teachers, Catherine Tuholski

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The purpose of this project was to develop a handbook containing the best practices in parent-teacher communication for first-year teachers (or any other person seeking further knowledge on this subject). According to The MetLife Survey of The American Teacher (2004-2005), new teachers reported the greatest challenge they face is communicating with parents. They also included it was the area in which they were the least prepared. The literature review covers research dating back nearly 30 years on practices veteran teachers and practitioners used for improving parent-teacher communication. The content of the handbook covers (a) the initial meeting; (b) building relationships ...


The Place Of Art In K-12 Education, Emily A. Bumguardner-Myers Jul 2006

The Place Of Art In K-12 Education, Emily A. Bumguardner-Myers

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Despite the fact that it is the law to include art in education, the arts are often inadequately funded, and/or given minimal attention in U.S. public education. This research project discusses the history of education, provides a review of literature on the benefits of art education, looks at the impact of Gardner's (1993/1983) theory of Multiple Intelligences, and the work of Gardner and his colleagues on the arts, thinking, and creativity. Collectively, all of this information was then formed into a guide called, Have You Had Your Art Today? (Why you should build your school's ...


Character Education Instruction Integrated Through Literature In Elementary Classrooms, Jamie Marshall Jul 2006

Character Education Instruction Integrated Through Literature In Elementary Classrooms, Jamie Marshall

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This country is suffering from a values vacuum, clearly evidenced by the increase in youth violence, as revealed in this researcher's review of literature in Chapter 2. The purpose of this project was to facilitate elementary school educators in their critical need for the implementation of character education in their classrooms. To address the need for positive character education and development, this researcher developed a 6 week literature based curricular unit. The project was designed to provide Grades 1-3 educators with six introductory lessons and strategies for the integration of each of six core character traits throughout core curriculum ...