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Bending Over Backward

Bending Over Backward

Teaching about Idioms

Have you ever told a student she "dropped the ball" on an assignment? Do you encourage your students by telling them to "reach for the stars" or "go for the gold"? Your native English-speaking students likely...
Author: Melanie W. Greene
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Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum

Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.

Daniel (a pseudonym) had benefitted greatly from the idea that students can creatively represent their ideas in a content area in ways other than traditional spoken and written responses. He was a preservice...

Service-Learning

Research Summary

Service-learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful, community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility (Shumer & Duckenfield, 2004). Learning...

Habla con ellos—Talk to them: Latinas/os, achievement, and the middle grades

Moving bilingual children beyond subordinated categories toward full engagement in relevant and authentic learning that embraces their communities.

Our faculty in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte often spends time discussing issues we see within our middle grades program, including with our undergraduate teacher candidates...
Author: Spencer Salas, Jeanneine P. Jones, Theresa Perez, Paul G. Fitchett, & Scott Kissau
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Topics: ELL/ESL/ESOL

Easy 10-Minute Review Strategies

When using a direct teaching strategy, it is important to keep students engaged and check for understanding of the ideas and concepts presented. Eric Jensen, a leader in brain-based learning, claims that it is...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Topics: Teaching

Show, Don't Tell: Activities for Image-Driven Writing

Today's students must be able to learn and express themselves in myriad ways, yet reading, writing, and speaking remain the primary vehicles. Thus, language arts still...
Author: Carol Baldwin
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Tags: Writing
Heart over Head: Motivating Reluctant Learners

Heart over Head: Motivating Reluctant Learners

In the early 1970s, Charles Silberman’s book Crisis in the Classroom rocked the education landscape with its verdict that schools were sterile, dry places of learning. Although the claims of the book should...
Author: Charles Beaman
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Topics: Teaching
Cheating and Plagiarizing

Cheating and Plagiarizing

Ben reads below grade level, and knows that if he whines about how unfair school is, his dad will cave in and do most of the work for him. Jacqueline knows how to do the math, but she doesn't think she should...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Building the Bridge to Middle School

Building the Bridge to Middle School

What do you remember from your middle school or junior high days? Your test scores? Your grades? Probably not. You are more likely to remember special occasions and events that made a particularly positive...
Author: Elyse Daniel, Tom Grudowski, and Philip Brown
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

Practices to support teachers.

"What's the point, Mrs. Adams?" asked Brian. I will never forget the confused yet honest look on my 8th grade student's face when he asked me this question after I had concluded my riveting lecture about the causes...
Author: Julie Adams
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