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Boyce, Janet S.; Alber-Morgan, Sheila R.; Riley, Jeanetta G. – Childhood Education, 2007
Nausea, sweating, weak knees, and a dry mouth are all symptoms associated with the fear of standing in front of an audience. Considering the anxiety that public speaking produces, students of any age are facing a significant challenge when they speak in front of a group. While speaking is considered to be an integral part of language arts, it…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Public Speaking, Anxiety, Speech Skills
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Fello, Susan E.; Paquette, Kelli R.; Jalongo, Mary Renck – Childhood Education, 2006
With the advent of the standards movement, most states have produced statewide tests that evaluate children's understanding of expository science text. Expository texts are designed to explain, describe, or present a logical argument. Usually, the purpose of expository texts is to present new information. This article describes a research-based…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Listening Comprehension, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades
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Walley, Carl – Childhood Education, 2005
Teachers around the world face similar issues. For example, they worry about how to provide effective instruction, they ask themselves what they can do about inadequate funding for education, they question the efficacy of standardized testing, and they wonder about their status and position within the social structure. However, each country's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Comparative Education, Social Structure
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Williams-Boyd, Pat – Childhood Education, 2005
In this article, the author describes the four characteristics of effective middle schools: (1) Academic excellence; (2) Developmental responsiveness; (3) Social equity; and (4) Organizational Structure. An effective middle school should be a place of learning guided by people who have chosen to work with young adolescents, help them develop…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Educational Quality, Middle School Teachers
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Kieff, Judith – Childhood Education, 2005
One of the most important functions of a teacher is to help students make important connections between the subject matters they study. Too often, the different curricular subjects, such as social studies, language arts, math, and science, are presented to students in a vacuum. Accordingly, many students leave school without ever noticing the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Team Teaching, Social Studies, Cooperative Learning
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Roberts, Catherine; Wolman, Clara; Harris-Looby, Judy – Childhood Education, 2004
Statistics indicate that many victims of fatalities from abuse are children of teenage parents. Profiles of typical abuse perpetrators match the characteristics of many students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and place them at higher risk of acting impulsively and using violent and abusive behaviors. Teaching students parenting…
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Behavior Disorders, Child Rearing, Parenting Skills
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Weaver, Paula E. – Childhood Education, 2004
As the effects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and its ensuing mandates for compliance are felt in classrooms across the United States, the issues of high-stakes testing and rigorous benchmark paradigms are becoming a daily challenge for teachers. NCLB mandates rigorous testing for every child in grades 3-8 in reading and math. Children…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests