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RAFTing with Raptors: Connecting Science, English Language Arts, and the Common Core State Standards

RAFT writing assignments can help students learn content while developing writing and thinking skills.

Forty-five states and three territories have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and most states are now in the process of implementing them (CCSS Initiative, 2012). CCSS for English Language...
Author: Gary J. Senn, Deborah H. McMurtrie, & Bridget K. Coleman
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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

High stakes tests should assess what the public values from education, but they too often fall short of measuring the many and varied student learning outcomes that actually occur in classrooms. For example, in...
Author: Ed Dickey
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Make Food Drives Come Alive!

Clever sculptures created from canned goods greeted folks on the walkway from the Providence, RI Convention Center to the Providence Place Mall. Angry Birds scowled at passersby, while a lobster attempted to escape...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Developing Collaboration Skills

Team teachers must develop respectful relationships with each another if they wish their students to exhibit positive relationships with others in their group projects. One cannot model that which one doesn't...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Manage Your Classroom AND Keep Your Sanity

Classroom management is about trial and error; it comes through practice, patience, teamwork, flexibility, quality mentoring, willingness to seek help, and a huge dose of humor. There is no one solution for every...
Author: Jack C. Berckemeyer
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Differentiation in Action: Developing a Logic Model for Responsive Teaching in an Urban Middle School

Research has suggested that differentiation is a responsive approach to teaching rather than a set of strategies. In this study, researchers generated a logic model to describe how members of a two-teacher team...
Author: David Strahan, Jessy Kronenberg, Richard Burgner, Jennifer Doherty, Melissa Hedt,
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Effective Science Instruction: Impact on High-Stakes Assessment Performance

This longitudinal prospective cohort study was conducted to determine the impact of effective science instruction on performance on high-stakes high school graduation assessments in science. This study provides...
Author: Carla C. Johnson, Danhui Zhang, Jane Butler Kahle
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"I Feel I'm Important": Successful Collaborative Teaching and Learning in a New Zealand Intermediate School

The investigation examined a collaborative teaching and learning house structure at a New Zealand intermediate (or middle) school. Using observations, questionnaires, and interviews, we explored the perceptions of...
Author: Rachel Martin, Judy Williams
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Multimodal Learning Clubs

Multimodal Learning Clubs

Students in multimodal learning clubs use a variety of texts to learn important content.

According to the PEW Internet and American Life project, adolescents’ Internet use grew from 75% of adolescents in 2000 to 93% in 2010 (Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr, 2010). As a result, the lines...

Successful Strategies for Teaching Reading to Middle Grades English Language Learners

Teachers can employ a variety of classroom-tested strategies to teach reading to English language learners.

Carlos (a pseudonym) moved from Guatemala to the United States when he was in sixth grade. When Carlos started school, his teachers expected him to speak only in English and practice English in his...
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