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Boyd, Maureen P. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
What constitutes a successful lesson? A considerable body of literature examines instructional talk; however, little attention has been directed to situations in which teacher intentions (as captured by lesson plan) are stymied by unanticipated student response and the teacher must instantaneously reevaluate and revise an intended lesson. This…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Discourse Analysis, Student Reaction
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Sun, Haichun; Chen, Ang; Zhu, Xihe; Ennis, Catherine D. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
Teaching fitness-related knowledge has become critical in developing children's healthful living behavior. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a science-based, constructivist physical education curriculum on learning fitness knowledge critical to healthful living in elementary school students. The schools (N = 30) were randomly…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Elementary School Students, Constructivism (Learning), Grade 5
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Polikoff, Morgan S. – Elementary School Journal, 2012
International comparisons have highlighted that the U.S. mathematics curriculum, both in terms of curriculum influences (e.g., textbooks, standards) and actual instruction, is broad and shallow. Standards-based reform is explicitly designed to improve coherence and reduce redundancy across grades. This article evaluates the redundancy of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Mathematics Curriculum, Redundancy, Mathematics Instruction
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Amendum, Steven J.; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; Ginsberg, Marnie C. – Elementary School Journal, 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a classroom-teacher-delivered reading intervention for struggling readers called the Targeted Reading Intervention (TRI), designed particularly for kindergarten and first-grade teachers and their struggling students in rural, low-wealth communities. The TRI was delivered via an innovative…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Special Needs Students, Early Reading, Intervention
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Atteberry, Allison; Bryk, Anthony S. – Elementary School Journal, 2011
Many major urban districts have committed large investments to school-based professional development anchored in the work of literacy coaches. At base is a shared belief that instructional coaches are key levers for improvement. Yet, clinical accounts of the role of an instructional coach suggest that this is a complex practice to implement well.…
Descriptors: Teacher Participation, Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Urban Schools