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Trube, Barbara – Childhood Education, 2017
Mentoring, including peer mentoring, is a key element of teacher education programs and subsequent teaching practice. In order to share the benefits of mindfulness practices, a faculty member in a state university in the Midwestern United States promoted the practice of mindfulness by teacher candidates enrolled in her courses. As members of a…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Peer Relationship, Teacher Education Programs
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Pappamihiel, N. Eleni; Knight, Jennifer Hatch – Childhood Education, 2016
Second language learners face countless obstacles in the classroom, including communication and comprehension limitations and difficulty building relationships with peers. Many teachers struggle to build an inclusive classroom environment and ensure all students, especially those with linguistic and other learning disadvantages, are learning. This…
Descriptors: Story Telling, English Language Learners, Museums, Field Trips
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Lilly, Elizabeth; Fields, Charla – Childhood Education, 2014
Writing and photography are composition processes that help develop children's linguistic and visual competencies, respectively. Using photography in teaching writing has been found to enhance students' literacy skills by naturally invoking their interest and motivation, and eventually strengthening the reading-writing relationship. Children can…
Descriptors: Photography, Writing Instruction, Grade 4, Student Motivation
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Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Crawford, Patricia A. – Childhood Education, 2009
This article presents picture books that are considered as a sample of children's literature selections on war, terrorism, and natural disasters for pre-K to 3rd-grade children which were chosen with both young children and their teachers and parents in mind. The authors recommend these books to be used as read-alouds, so that caring adults who…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Natural Disasters, Terrorism, Reading Aloud to Others
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Ross, Dorene D.; Bondy, Elizabeth; Gallingane, Caitlin; Hambacher, Elyse – Childhood Education, 2008
If educators are to bridge the black/white achievement gap, they must find a way to engage low-income and minority youth in academic learning. While ample evidence indicates that some teachers are highly effective in engaging students, the persistence of the achievement gap suggests that most are far less effective at engaging African American…
Descriptors: African American Students, Student Motivation, Teaching Styles, Teacher Effectiveness
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Akrofi, Amma K.; Swafford, Jeanne; Janisch, Carole; Liu, Xiaoming; Durrington, Vance – Childhood Education, 2008
In this article, the authors begin with what they believe is an implicit endorsement of an integration orientation toward acculturation. Literature may be used to help students understand the implicit nature of culture. Inspired by such scholars as Clayton (1996, 2003) and based on a content analysis of 134 books, the authors identify and describe…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Acculturation, Content Analysis, Immigrants
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Ghattas, Jacqueline; Moretti, Adrienne – Childhood Education, 2006
Immigrant children can find it especially difficult to establish their place in the classroom community. As children of immigrants, the authors have experienced, first hand, the difficulties that one faces when placed in a new culture and have seen how this aspect of their backgrounds affects them and their families. Consequently, they created…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Immigrants, Classroom Environment, Multicultural Education
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Richards, Jan – Childhood Education, 2004
The amazing power to enchant students often is a defining hallmark of great teachers. Enchanting teachers, those who make learning exciting and attractive, are all around, and each is effective and inspiring in his or her own unique way. Wonderful teachers generally weave their magic behind closed doors, however, where only their students can…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods