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Sparks, Sarah D. – American Educator, 2015
One of the first lessons students are taught in school is "If you need help, raise your hand" but as students learn in an increasing variety of settings--in and out of classrooms, in person and online--educators and researchers are starting to take another look at how students learn to ask for help. This brief article uses findings from…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Aptitude Treatment Interaction
Calarco, Jessica – American Educator, 2015
Jessica Calarco explains in this article that students from different backgrounds tend to manage problems in contrasting ways that can have real consequences in the classroom. More specifically, Calarco observed children from middle-class families tended to actively seek help from their teachers, while children from working-class families…
Descriptors: Social Class, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Social Differences
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2015
For years now, educators have looked to international tests as a yardstick to measure how well students from the United States are learning compared with their peers. The answer has been: not so well. The United States has been falling further behind other nations and has struggled with a large achievement gap. Federal policy under No Child Left…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Testing
Faber, Nick – American Educator, 2015
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. This regular feature, explores the work of professional educators--their accomplishments and their challenges--so that…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation, School Community Relationship
Fought, Eric S. – American Educator, 2015
This article describes a group of dedicated educators who, in the midst of a constant barrage of attacks, dramatically changed the conversation. It is the story of a union that recognized that, in order to bring about the transformation necessary for the betterment of the entire community, its members needed to transform the way in which it…
Descriptors: Unions, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Collective Bargaining
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
Bennett, Tom – American Educator, 2015
As a philosophy and religious studies high school teacher in the United Kingdom, Tom Bennett discovered that a good deal of what was considered orthodoxy in the profession was unsubstantiated. It was the inspiration for his book, "Teacher Proof: Why Research in Education Doesn't Always Mean What It Claims, and What You Can Do about It,"…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Classroom Techniques, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods
Schmidt, William H.; Burroughs, Nathan A. – American Educator, 2015
It is no secret that disadvantaged children are more likely to struggle in school. For decades now, public policy has focused on how to reduce the achievement gap between poorer students and more-affluent students. Despite numerous reform efforts, these gaps remain virtually unchanged--a fact that is deeply frustrating and also a little confusing.…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Change, Achievement Tests, Mathematics Education
Odom, Samuel L.; Wong, Connie – American Educator, 2015
In the last 10 years, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased 200 percent. Principals, special education directors, and superintendents across the country report that their schools are teaching increasing numbers of students with ASD. Educators want to provide a good and effective educational experience, but they may not be…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2015
In 2007, Walter P. Webb Middle School faced a crisis. One evening in January, the superintendent at the time held a meeting at the school in Austin, Texas, to let students, parents, teachers, and community members know that at the end of the academic year, their school would close. Thanks to a new state law focused on accountability, the…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Middle Schools, Institutional Survival, Community Action
Beilock, Sian L.; Willingham, Daniel T. – American Educator, 2014
How does the mind work--and especially how does it learn? Teacher's instructional decisions are based on a mix of theories learned in teacher education, trial and error, craft knowledge, and gut instinct. Such knowledge often serves teachers well, but is there anything sturdier to rely on? Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Science, Mathematics Achievement
Gosse, Carolyn; Hansel, Lisa – American Educator, 2014
For educators, the content of the curriculum really is like oxygen: it is the necessary precondition for improving schools, closing the achievement gap, engaging parents, and preparing teachers. However, when educators take the content of the curriculum for granted, they lose opportunities to coordinate and collaborate. Good curriculum instruction…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Curriculum Development, Language Arts, Preschool Education
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
Dougherty, Chrys – American Educator, 2014
As our nation strives to have all students that graduate from high school be prepared for college or some other post-secondary learning opportunities, we have to confront the reality that we are far from achieving this goal. The problem is most severe with the economically disadvantaged students. For many students, especially those from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Preschool Education, Elementary Education
Neuman, Susan B.; Wright, Tanya S. – American Educator, 2014
Developing a large and rich vocabulary is central to learning to read. Children must know the words that make up written texts in order to understand them, especially as the vocabulary demands of content-related materials increase in the upper grades. Studies have documented that the size of a person's vocabulary is strongly related to how…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Academic Discourse, Poverty, Reading Skills
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