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The Development Of Professional Expertise Through Reflection In The Principalship, Eric Mclaren Aug 2005

The Development Of Professional Expertise Through Reflection In The Principalship, Eric Mclaren

Publications & Research

The study of principals as learners is important because the landscape of public education is changing. Schools are becoming more diverse and the demands on schools more varied and complex. The role of the principal is increasingly ambiguous, complex, and varied. Principals must adapt and develop'their professional practice. Effective principals learn from experience to meet the shifting expectations of the role and the needs of the school.

Multiple learning experiences help principals become more proficient in their jobs. Initial certification, induction into the role, continuing professional education, and learning from experiences are means to the development of expertise. This ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: August 16, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Aug 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: August 16, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from July 19, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Matrix of Project Concerns and Resolutions – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  4. Update on Project Timeline Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Status of Operator Process
    B. Status of Water Options
    C. Status of Draft EA Report
  5. Curriculum Development – Jeannie Klockow (10 min.)
    A. Wild Horse & Burro Curriculum
  6. Standing Reports (20 minutes)
    A. Line and Space Architects – Les Wallach/Henry Tom
    B. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
    C. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg
  7. Committee Reports (10 min.)
    A. Building Committee – Angie Lara
    B. Design Oversight – David Frommer
    C. Educational ...


Building Understanding: Using Math Journals To Increase Learning In An Intermediate Classroom, Paul Lawrence Jonasse Aug 2005

Building Understanding: Using Math Journals To Increase Learning In An Intermediate Classroom, Paul Lawrence Jonasse

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Purpose

As an elementary school teacher I have watched my students struggle with new mathematical concepts: word problems, fractions, and increasingly difficult types of division have totally baffled many of my students. For the first several months of the school year most of my students did very well in math class, but they struggled with increasing difficulty as the concepts became more abstract. I have struggled to figure out ways to help them better understand. This project has grown out of our struggles with teaching, learning, understanding, and the working together to improve them all.

I entered into this research ...


How To Find Students’ Inner Geek, Marc Zimmer Aug 2005

How To Find Students’ Inner Geek, Marc Zimmer

Chemistry Faculty Publications

As a chemistry professor at a liberal-arts college, the author believes it is his job to find the youthful awe in his students and draw it out so that they will be intrigued once again by science and nature, so that they want to learn about equilibria, pH, and redox reactions. He has to go fishing inside their brains, to find, hook, and reel in their scientific spirit. Most of the students he teaches have not yet deeply suppressed their inner science geek. He can hook almost all of them if he uses the lures available to professors everywhere: enthusiasm ...


Formative Assessment: The Effect On Academic Achievement And Attitudes Toward Science, Susanne Casey Aug 2005

Formative Assessment: The Effect On Academic Achievement And Attitudes Toward Science, Susanne Casey

Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were to (a) determine if the use of formative assessment in the science classroom improved academic achievement in a group of ninth grade honors level students; and (b) determine the effect of formative assessment on the attitudes these students have toward science. Data was collected from two control groups (N=24 and N=26) and the experimental, comparison group (N=28). Students were administered two Likert-type surveys, an attitude survey and a causal attribution survey. Each survey was given at the start of the experiment and again at the end of the experiment. Summative test ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: July 19, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center Jul 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: July 19, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions & Announcements (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from May 17, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Update on NEPA Process – Michael Johnson & Otak (30 min.)
    A. Overview of NEPA Process C. Status of interim EA report
    B. EA Timeline Schedule D. Status of cultural treatment plan
  4. Matrix of Project Concerns and Resolutions – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  5. Review of Project Timeline Schedule – Michael Reiland (10 min.)
    A. Status of Request for Proposals C. Status of Nevada Power Grid
    B. Status of Water Options
  6. Curriculum Development – Jeannie Klockow (10 min.)
    A. Wild Horse & Burro Curriculum
  7. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg (10 min.)
    A. Presentation to ...


An Examination Of The Role Of Writing In Mathematics Instruction, Amy Jeppsen Jul 2005

An Examination Of The Role Of Writing In Mathematics Instruction, Amy Jeppsen

All Theses and Dissertations

This study uses qualitative methods to investigate the use of writing in a content course for elementary education majors in which writing was considered an important part of mathematical learning. The study differs from previous studies by investigating the role of writing in the everyday instructional activities, rather than investigating writing as a separate mathematical activity. An analysis of the instruction and class discussions that took place in this class reveals that components of writing that were addressed implicitly and explicitly in classroom instruction were developed simultaneously with conceptual understanding, suggesting a much stronger and more integral relationship between writing ...


Fraction Multiplication And Division Image Change In Pre-Service Elementary Teachers, Jennifer J. Cluff Jul 2005

Fraction Multiplication And Division Image Change In Pre-Service Elementary Teachers, Jennifer J. Cluff

All Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated three pre-service elementary teachers' understanding of fractions and fraction multiplication and division. The motivation for this study was lack of conceptual understanding of fractions and fraction multiplication and division. Pre-service elementary teachers were chosen because teachers are the conduit of information for their students. The subjects were followed through the fractions unit in a mathematics methods course for pre-service elementary teachers at Brigham Young University. Each subject volunteered to participate and were interviewed and videotaped throughout the study, and they also provided copies of all work done in the fractions unit in the course. The data is ...


The Challenge: Magazine Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 15, Summer 2005), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor Jul 2005

The Challenge: Magazine Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 15, Summer 2005), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor

Gifted Studies Publications

No abstract provided.


Iowa Academy Of Science: The New Bulletin, V1n2, Summer 2005, Iowa Academy Of Science Jul 2005

Iowa Academy Of Science: The New Bulletin, V1n2, Summer 2005, Iowa Academy Of Science

The New Bulletin

Inside This Issue:

--Message from the Executive Director

--EPA Award for Program Director

--Reflections of the Iowa Teacher of the Year

--Opportunities for Teachers

--The Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science

--Inventing Flight: A Workshop for Science Teachers

--IAS Honors New Fellows

--2005 ISTS Fall Conference Update


Ethics For Industrial Technology Majors: Need And Plan Of Action, Kurt A. Rosentrater, R. Balamuralikrishma Jun 2005

Ethics For Industrial Technology Majors: Need And Plan Of Action, Kurt A. Rosentrater, R. Balamuralikrishma

Kurt A. Rosentrater

The recent introduction of sessions dedicated to “Industrial Technology” in the annual ASEE conference is testimony that this discipline has gained its rightful place in the company of engineering and engineering technology. This new level of partnership and collaboration between engineering and technology programs promises to be a step in the right direction for society at large. Engineering and technology majors both supplement and complement each other’s knowledge and skills and it is crucial for educators to build bridges of active interaction. This paper takes aim at one specific as well as basic need in teamwork and interdisciplinary projects ...


Bsc Citylab: Teaching Tomorrow's Technology To Today's Youth, Jeffery Bowen Jun 2005

Bsc Citylab: Teaching Tomorrow's Technology To Today's Youth, Jeffery Bowen

Bridgewater Review

No abstract provided.


Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, James P. Spillane Jun 2005

Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy, James P. Spillane

CPRE Policy Briefs

Instructional policy reforms that focus on standards and assessments have gained popularity in the last two decades. State governments, which had previously left most instructional matters to local governance, set challenging learning standards and developed related assessments and curricular frameworks. Despite their popularity and persistence, standards-based reforms face the challenge of successful local implementation. Occupying an intermediary position between the statehouse and the schoolhouse, the local school district has significant potential to influence standards implementation. It is important to consider the consequences for classroom instruction of what districts do in response to standards. While states may set standards and provide ...


Action Research For Female Science Teacher Development: Case Pakistan, Harcharan Pardhan Jun 2005

Action Research For Female Science Teacher Development: Case Pakistan, Harcharan Pardhan

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

No abstract provided.


Graphic Organizers Used As A Supplement To Science Textbooks Relating To Retention Of Scientific Facts In Fourth Graders, Bryana E. Zercie Jun 2005

Graphic Organizers Used As A Supplement To Science Textbooks Relating To Retention Of Scientific Facts In Fourth Graders, Bryana E. Zercie

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research attempted to answer the question, do graphic organizers used as a supplement to science textbooks increase student retention of scientific facts in fourth grade? The researcher collected data from 56 fourth grade students in an urban school to find out whether the use of graphic organizers after reading sections of the science textbook improved retention of scientific facts in fourth graders. The researcher used baseline science test assessments, reading levels of students, tests and quizzes after the use of graphic organizers, along with teacher and students surveys and interviews in this study. These pieces of data were studied ...


"Got Rocks?" An Inquiry-Based Geology Program For 3rd To 5th Grades In Conjunction With The Museum Of Science, Jennifer D. Todd Jun 2005

"Got Rocks?" An Inquiry-Based Geology Program For 3rd To 5th Grades In Conjunction With The Museum Of Science, Jennifer D. Todd

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

How can the Boston Museum of Science be of help to classroom teachers when planning a field trip? The synthesis presents a set of lesson plans for 3rd to 5th grade science teachers in the Boston area, with an ultimate goal of promoting students’ critical and creative thinking in their classroom units on rocks and minerals. The program was designed especially for those in the New England area because these states are within proximity to take a field trip to the Boston Museum of Science. The institution has many rocks and mineral samples from around the world and in the ...


Teaching Literacy Strategies In Math, Terri L. Keenan Jun 2005

Teaching Literacy Strategies In Math, Terri L. Keenan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study sought to determine the effectiveness of incorporating literacy strategies during math instruction. In distinct lessons, a class of sixteen students was given instruction in the strategies of using key words, visualization, and graphic organizers to solve word problems. The students rated the difficulty of the problems on a scale of "too easy", 'just right", and "too hard" both before and after the reading strategy lessons to assess if the use of the strategy changed their perception. The test-retest with equivalent forms method of estimating reliability was used to give a measure of stability and equivalence. A matched pair ...


Have Your Π And Eat It Too! Using A Course Website To Facilitate Student-Centered Learning And Improve The Effectiveness Of The High School Mathematics Experience, Jeffrey Bretsch May 2005

Have Your Π And Eat It Too! Using A Course Website To Facilitate Student-Centered Learning And Improve The Effectiveness Of The High School Mathematics Experience, Jeffrey Bretsch

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recommends that teachers provide their students with opportunities for student-centered learning. This often occurs in the form of discovery learning, hands-on learning, and interdisciplinary learning. These types of learning experiences fall under the umbrella of the educational theory of constructivism. Constructivism, in short, asserts that meaningful learning occurs when students actively construct their own understanding, making connections and drawing their own conclusions in response to genuine experiences. Many educators would agree that this type of learning is the ideal, but is not generally feasible due to the broad nature of the mathematics curriculum ...


Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: May 17, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center May 2005

Red Rock Desert Learning Center Core Group Meeting: May 17, 2005, Red Rock Desert Learning Center

Reports (RRLC)

  1. Introductions (5 min.)
  2. Approval of Minutes from March 15, 2005 Meeting (5 min.)
  3. Review of Project Issues & Concerns (30 min.)
    A. Discussion of Strategic Project Review
  4. Update on Water Options and NEPA Timeline/Progress – Michael Reiland (15 min.)
  5. Core Curriculum Development: Progress Report – Jeannie Klockow (15 min.)
  6. Community Outreach – Nancy Flagg (15 min.)
    A. Key Messages
    B. List of environmental groups and media
    D. Revisit Core Group list
  7. Standing Reports (20 minutes)
    A. Line and Space Architects – Les Wallach/Henry Tom
    B. BLM Capital Improvements – Michael Reiland
  8. Committee Reports (10 min.)
    A. Building Committee – Angie Lara
    B. Design Oversight – David ...


Programmatic Assessment Of Nonformal Environmental Education Programs In Southern New Jersey, Teresa E. Andres May 2005

Programmatic Assessment Of Nonformal Environmental Education Programs In Southern New Jersey, Teresa E. Andres

Theses and Dissertations

Nonformal environmental education experiences can be useful tools for teachers when the programs are connected to state standards and national guidelines. This study examined how well field trip programs at nonformal environmental education centers in southern New Jersey met the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for environmental education and the North American Association for Environmental Education's Nonformal Environmental Education Programs Guidelines for Excellence. Fourteen centers from the six southernmost counties were sent questionnaires. Of the fourteen centers, eight responded to the questionnaire. The programs offered at these centers were then evaluated using a checklist for the state standards ...


Teachers' Perceptions And Curriculum Analysis For A Zoo Education Program, Ronald S. Berger May 2005

Teachers' Perceptions And Curriculum Analysis For A Zoo Education Program, Ronald S. Berger

Theses and Dissertations

Study intent investigated teachers' perceptions of a zoo education program and evaluated modules. Study explored program effectiveness by evaluating teachers' motivation to participate, students' engagement, presenter performance, program effectiveness, and teachers' met expectations. Study explored if program addressed New Jersey and Pennsylvania standards, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) guidelines, and a lesson plan format. Research investigated teachers' perceptions by questionnaire from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Teachers perceived presenters performed well, students engaged, and integrating curriculum the motivation to participate. Research to evaluate modules was subjective. Modules addressed Science and Social Studies for New Jersey, Science and Technology ...


Modeling Traffic Patterns Using Java, Kim Meek May 2005

Modeling Traffic Patterns Using Java, Kim Meek

Lesson Plans

The students plan to create a program that models the traffic during the day at Twelve Corners. Like the Marine Biology Simulation, the cars will be able to move forward and make turns according to the traffic patterns. They will use the MBS as a guide to develop their own program, which will enable an analysis of various traffic patterns. If it turns out that this is too lofty a goal, the students will be able to make modifications to the MBS to enhance its capabilities. Either way the students will learn the MBS by applying it to a real-world ...


Hands-On Activities To Be Implemented Within A Title I/Lap Math Program, Margaret Rae Hancock May 2005

Hands-On Activities To Be Implemented Within A Title I/Lap Math Program, Margaret Rae Hancock

All Graduate Projects

The project provides middle school math teachers who work with the lower quartile of the student population at the middle school level, a handbook of strategies, methods and activity ideas to implement into the classroom to enhance student learning. The handbook allows middle school math teachers the opportunity to explore alternative teaching practices. It contains student-centered activities, which will allow the lower quartile of the student population an opportunity to have a positive experience in math, as well as taking ownership of their learning. By connecting the students prior knowledge to situations in math that the students can make a ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Spring 2005 May 2005

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Spring 2005

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

Summer 2005 Sand Hills Biocomplexity Project Gets Underway by Monica Sanford

Commentary: Careers in Science -- Thinking Outside the Box Continued: What Are Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences? by Monica Sanford

Nebraska Forestry Shortcourse offered June 20-24, 2005, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska by Christine Meyer

Geographic Educators of Nebraska (GEON) Summer Workshops by Charles Gildersleeve

Blue-Green Algae a Known Health Risk by Steven Ress

Cooperative Extension Ready With Algae Test Kits by Steven Ress

Water and Natural Resources Tour Looks at LB962, Sand Hills, Pine Ridge Issues by Steven Ress


Ists E-Newsletter, May 2005, Iowa Academy Of Science May 2005

Ists E-Newsletter, May 2005, Iowa Academy Of Science

ISTS Newsletter

In this issue:

--A Message from Your President

--ISTS Fall Conference News, Message From Our Past President

--ISTS Members in the News

--Science Education News from the Department of Education

--Announcements

--Your ISTS Leadership Team


Freshman Class Analysis Using Agentsheets, Kristen Frank, Brian Bizzigotti May 2005

Freshman Class Analysis Using Agentsheets, Kristen Frank, Brian Bizzigotti

Lesson Plans

The 2005 CMST Challenge Project is to survey the ninth grade class at East High School to see how many of their lives are affected by: pregnancy, drug use, crime arrests, family structure, student employment, and value of education. It was very hard to find the percentages of these factors for the United States. Therefore only certain questions will be used in the simulation. The results of the survey will be run through an agent sheet simulation to estimate the number of students that will successfully graduate using the data collected from the 2004/2005 freshman class.

In order to ...


A Comparison Of Learning With Haptic And Visual Modalities., M. Gail Jones, Alexandra Bokinsky, Thomas Tretter, Atsuko Negishi May 2005

A Comparison Of Learning With Haptic And Visual Modalities., M. Gail Jones, Alexandra Bokinsky, Thomas Tretter, Atsuko Negishi

Faculty Scholarship

The impact of haptic feedback on the perception of unknown objects (10 without texture, 10 with texture, and 2 complex shapes) was examined. Using a point probe (a PHANTOM), three treatment groups of students (visual, haptic, and visual plus haptic feedback) explored a set of virtual objects. The visual treatment group observed the objects through a small circular aperture. Accuracy of perception, exploration time, and description of objects were compared for the three treatment groups. Participants included 45 visually normal undergraduate students distributed across the three treatment groups and 4 blind students composing a second hapticonly group. Results showed that ...


Deadly Scorpion Stings Modeled With Stella, Kristin Schwartzmeyer Apr 2005

Deadly Scorpion Stings Modeled With Stella, Kristin Schwartzmeyer

Lesson Plans

This project uses Stella to simulate a poisonous scorpion sting. By changing variables such as weight and amount of poison, students can see how quickly the poison causes death.


A New Angle On Looking At Angles, Michael Baskin, Karen Samis, Jessica Phillips, Christopher Sheffer Apr 2005

A New Angle On Looking At Angles, Michael Baskin, Karen Samis, Jessica Phillips, Christopher Sheffer

Lesson Plans

Demonstrates measurements of angles, and relations between related angles.


2004-05 Annual Report, Igniting Talent And Leadership For Our State, Nation And World, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Apr 2005

2004-05 Annual Report, Igniting Talent And Leadership For Our State, Nation And World, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

Annual Reports

In the mid 1980s, the state of Illinois, recognizing that the nation was on the verge of unprecedented technological advances and a sharply increased need for highly skilled leaders, founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®. Twenty years later, the national demand for science and technology leaders has never been greater. The National Academies new report - Rising Above the Gathering Storm and the President's American Competitiveness Initiative address the growing concern that the U.S. is losing its competitive advantage as countries abroad invest heavily in the education and training of scientists and engineers. The report and the initiative ...