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August, Dianne – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author discusses the latest research on how to effectively teach English Language Learners (ELLs). This includes seven principles from a consensus report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consensus report examines what the current research is about learning English from early…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, Bilingualism
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Forzani, Francesca M. – American Educator, 2011
Focusing directly on the development of instructional practice and its effects is not easy. One major shortcoming in the educational infrastructure has been the lack of a common curriculum. A second has been an impoverished approach to supporting teaching practice. These two are related, for any effort to develop and improve teaching is weakened…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
Cohen, David K. – American Educator, 2011
When inspectors visit construction sites to assess the quality of work, they do so against the building code, which typically is written out in detail and used to guide work and teach apprentices. When attending physicians supervise interns as they take patients' histories or check their blood pressure, they compare the interns' work with…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Education Work Relationship, Public Education, Teaching Methods
McPike, Elizabeth, Ed. – American Educator, 1995
Examines the problem of children not learning to read well enough for reading to have a positive impact on their lives. It shows that while a large body of research exists on reading instruction, much of this knowledge has not made its way into the classroom. Five points about the reading problem and teaching effectiveness are addressed. (GR)
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Educational Malpractice, Educational Quality, Elementary Education
Adams, Marilyn J.; Bruck, Maggie – American Educator, 1995
Examines the research on the central role of decoding in reading, concluding that the position that whole language proponents take in equating learning to read with learning to talk and their reduction of decoding to an incidental place in the curriculum are wrong. The authors argue for a balanced approach to reading instruction. (GR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decoding (Reading), Educational Quality, Elementary Education
Beck, Isabel L.; Juel, Connie – American Educator, 1995
Offers suggestions for improving existing instructional materials found in widely used basal programs and a variety of strategies and engaging activities that teachers can use to help children master the alphabetic code. The authors argue against use of the drill method in reading instruction. (GR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decoding (Reading), Educational Quality, Elementary Education
Berger, Joseph – American Educator, 1994
Explains how Richard Plass of Stuyvesant High School has managed to produce more Westinghouse semifinalists than any other teacher in the United States. It describes how the love of teaching coupled with the love of working with children can heighten educational quality. (GLR)
Descriptors: Biology, Educational Quality, High School Students, Instructional Effectiveness
Rouk, Ullik – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1980
Reviews three groups of studies which show that effective strategies for teaching reading and mathematics in the primary grades are as diverse as the children they are meant to serve. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics
Myers, Miles – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1986
Argues that teacher effectiveness depends upon classroom social interactions, the functional use of subjects and knowledge, and recognition of students' understanding. Discusses four examples of how potentially useful research on teaching was misapplied in practice: direct instruction, time on task, the Chicago Mastery Learning Program, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Utilization
Cohen, David K. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Observations of one teacher's approach to teaching second grade mathematics reveal a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques. The new teaching policy advocated by the revised California Mathematics Framework is not being implemented. The call for reform in education has increased the teacher's obligation without increasing resources to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Policy