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Ferlazzo, Larry; Sypnieski, Katie Hull – American Educator, 2018
With more than 35 years of combined experience teaching English language learners (ELLs), Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski understand how students learn. Together, they have written a series of books on the topic, and in this article they share their insights. Chief among them is that ELLs require particular instructional strategies to help…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Student Motivation
Zehr, Mary Ann – American Educator, 2018
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this regular feature, the work of professional educators is explored--their accomplishments and their…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Class Activities, Self Expression
Vincente, Joseph – American Educator, 2017
In this article, Joseph Vincente, an assistant principal and math and instructional coach at East Side Community High School in New York City, describes East Side's collaborative structures as well as the norms and conditions that support them. Collaboration underpins how the teachers at East Side structure and conduct most of their work, how they…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students
Hochman, Judith C.; Wexler, Natalie – American Educator, 2017
Expository writing--the kind of writing that explains and informs--is essential for success in school and the workplace. Students who cannot write at a competent level struggle in college. With the advent of e-mail and the Internet, an increasing number of jobs require solid writing skills. No matter what path students choose in life, the ability…
Descriptors: Sentences, Sentence Structure, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Rizga, Kristina – American Educator, 2017
In this article the author describes how Pablo, a senior at Mission High School (San Francisco, California), performs in the schools' annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) drag show. The drag show is a homegrown expression created by students of the school, featuring student- and teacher-choreographed dances, student and teacher "coming…
Descriptors: High School Students, Homosexuality, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Social Support Groups
Hsu, Taica – American Educator, 2017
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this regular feature, "American Educator" explores the work of professional educators--their…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Homosexuality
Ho-Shing, Olivia – American Educator, 2017
In his book "Letters to a Young Scientist," renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson recounted his own coming-of-age story as a scientist, and distilled the motivating qualities of science down to curiosity and creativity. Individuals become scientists when they are curious about a phenomenon in the world around them and ask about the real…
Descriptors: Scientists, Public Schools, Hypothesis Testing, Middle School Students
McGrew, Sarah; Ortega, Teresa; Breakstone, Joel; Wineburg, Sam – American Educator, 2017
Since the November 2016 presidential election, coverage of "fake news" has been everywhere. It's hard to turn on the TV without hearing the term. Google and Facebook have pitched plans for fighting the menace. State legislators have even introduced bills to mandate K-12 instruction on the topic. Fake news is certainly a problem. Sadly,…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Media Literacy, Barriers, Civics
Sherrin, David – American Educator, 2016
This article is drawn from the authors' book, "Judging for Themselves: Using Mock Trials to Bring Social Studies and English to Life," which discusses the effectiveness of mock trials as tools for learning and assessments. Mock trials are effective because they are challenging, authentic projects in which students create and then do…
Descriptors: Law Related Education, Courts, Social Studies, English Instruction
Preston, Harry F., V – American Educator, 2016
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this article, a teacher of color in Baltimore discusses his career trajectory, and explains why teacher diversity…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Males
Barlowe, Avram; Cook, Ann – American Educator, 2016
For more than two decades, the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a coalition of 38 public high schools, has steered clear of high-stakes testing, which superficially assess student learning. Instead, the consortium's approach relies on performance-based assessments--essays, research papers, science experiments, and high-level mathematical…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Performance Based Assessment, High Schools, Public Schools
Riener, Joseph F. – American Educator, 2016
A liberal arts education can teach young people the habits of mind to enable them to thoughtfully consider how they want to spend their lives. It can also establish the connection between one's self and others, what we call empathy. With insight and understanding, the liberal arts can teach students that education is a matter of the head and the…
Descriptors: Literature, High School Students, English Instruction, Advanced Placement
Perkins, Bettye – American Educator, 2016
In a country with an increasing population of nonwhite students, there are far too few teachers of color. The numbers are particularly distressing when it comes to finding male teachers of color, who are essential role models for black boys. As a result, black and Latino children sitting in classrooms with white teachers, day after day and year…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, African American Students
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2015
Diana Senechal teaches philosophy at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York City; in addition, she serves on the faculty of the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. In this article she states that if someone had told her five years ago that she would be a high…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Curriculum Design, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
Waddell, Andy – American Educator, 2014
When teaching writing, this author states that there is nothing harder than trying to get a quality product, one worth reading, from a high school student. The author, however, has high hopes for the new Common Core standards, which call for students to "write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Writing Skills, Writing Strategies, Writing Ability
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