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Hartshorne, Richard; Waring, Scott M.; Okraski, Hank – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
While the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to address complex world problems, such as global warming, disease, and an increasingly interdependent world economy has led to many educational reform efforts in recent years, other content areas, such as social studies, have unnecessarily become…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Change, Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lemley, Stephanie M.; Ivy, Jessica T.; Franz, Dana Pomykal; Oppenheimer, Seth F. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Communicating mathematical ideas through writing, listening, and verbalizing allows students to think about how they "think" about mathematics. By focusing this communication on a reflection of how one thinks about mathematics, metacognitive writing engages students as mathematicians and learners. In this article we describe a…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Mathematics
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Roberts, Kean; Kruse, Jerrid – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
As people seek out more naturalistic experiences (e.g. camping, visiting National and State Parks, etc.), it is increasingly important for students to leave our classrooms with an understanding of and relationship to nature. The NGSS exposes students to environmental problems of today and works toward the EPA's description of environmental…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment)
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Greathouse, Paula; Eisenbach, Brooke B.; Kaywell, Joan F. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Defining what it means to be an "effective teacher" is a difficult, but necessary, undertaking, as research reveals a correlation between teacher qualities and student success (Buchel and Edwards 2005; Darling-Hammond 2000; Lupascu, Pa^nisoa, and Pa^nisoar 2014; Stronge 2007). The literature on this topic clearly demonstrates that there…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Expertise
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Mazher, Waseem – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
The purpose of this article is to explore how to teach secondary school students with learning disabilities (LD) to cope effectively, so they may develop self-determination (independence) skills in secondary school and beyond, in college. Teachers need to know about coping and what makes it effective in school as well as in a college context. I…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Learning Disabilities, Coping, College Preparation
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Howard, Christy Maranda; Ticknor, Anne Swenson – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
In this article we share several activities we use in our teacher education literacy courses that incorporate a social justice lens. For each activity we suggest resources, offer examples we have created and used in our teaching, and share research to support each activity. The activities build on each other, with the intent of increasing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Preservice Teacher Education, Learning Activities, Cultural Awareness
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Styslinger, Mary E.; Stowe, Jennifer; Walker, Nicole; Hyatt Hostetler, Kayla – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
This article shares processes and practices which foster students' critical consciousness. Critical consciousness, the core of social justice teaching, is a heightened awareness of the world and the power structures that shape it. Teachers can become forces for equity and change by: challenging students to reflect critically on their beliefs and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Consciousness Raising, Reflection, Beliefs
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Wright, Kim B. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
STEM teaching occurs within national and state policy contexts that are constantly shifting in terms of standards and accountability due to the current and intense focus on students' STEM outcomes. In the last two decades, federal legislation as well as common standards movements increasingly influence what and how STEM teachers instruct their…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Competencies, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Hackmann, Donald G.; Malin, Joel R.; Fuller Hamilton, Asia N.; O'Donnell, Laura – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), an effective strategy to promote students' college and career readiness, are increasingly used in US school systems as a mechanism to encourage students' career exploration and identification of career goals. After describing features of ILPs, we provide an example of the ILP process developed and implemented…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Instruction, Career Readiness, College Readiness
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Liberty, Lisa; Conderman, Greg – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Consistent with common core state standards and recent legislation such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, middle level teachers are establishing high expectations for all students. Middle level students are expected to make connections among topics, cite evidence from text, and engage in higher level thinking skills across subject areas. Often,…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Academic Achievement, Middle School Students, Common Core State Standards
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Schneider, Elke; Ming, Kavin – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
As students move through the grades, content area learning becomes increasingly significant for reading, writing, and speaking tasks. One research-evidenced approach to actively engaging adolescent learners in acquiring, remembering, and using academic vocabulary in reading, writing and speaking tasks across disciplines is multisensory structured…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Learning Strategies, Academic Language, Metacognition
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Bowman, Richard F. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Research suggests that the world is no longer predictable and linear but rather is increasingly characterized by unrelenting volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The convergence of these disruptive currents threatens the sustainability of contemporary classroom teaching and learning strategies. When an envisioned future and the…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques
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Conderman, Greg – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Mnemonics represent a diverse group of research-based instructional methods with wide application for middle school teachers and students. Teachers can model how to use mnemonics and infuse them in their instruction. Students can use mnemonics as a study skills memory prompt in any class. Due to their potential as a highly effective instructional…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods
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Vostal, Brooks R.; Mrachko, Alicia A. – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Teachers with years of experience in the classroom rely on that experience to help them develop behavior intervention plans for students with behavioral challenges. New teachers, however, may struggle with the complex steps needed to develop successful plans as they address other aspects of their professional work for the first time. DESCRIBE IT…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Behavior Modification, Intervention, Special Education Teachers
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Conderman, Greg – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
As students advance to and through middle school, teachers expect them to meet higher academic expectations. Students' ability to meet these expectations depends, in part, on their use of effective study skills. Using notecards represents one study skill that students can use flexibly in many subjects to prepare for upcoming assessments. With some…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Study Skills, Thinking Skills, Skill Development
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