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Wilson, Edward, Ed. – English in Texas, 1987
The challenges and rewards of dealing with the many types of students that can be found in today's English classrooms--gifted, handicapped, learning disabled, second language learners--are addressed in this focused journal issue. The titles of the articles and their authors are as follows: (1) "Help Me Help You" (L. Quitman Troika); (2) "Students…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Bibliotherapy, Bilingual Students, Classroom Environment
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Harris, Pamela S. – English in Texas, 1995
Encourages teachers to interact with students and students to interact with each other to facilitate cultural awareness and respect for differences. Proposes a number of classroom activities, such as "how to" presentations, studies of cultural folklore, and a puppet show. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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King, Erin S. – English in Texas, 1995
Argues that a teacher wins or loses his or her students during the first few days of the year. Shows how an English teacher wins her students over by allowing them to ask questions about her, which she answers by pointing to a graffiti wall created by her previous year's students. (TB)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
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Whiteker, Clarice – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a teacher's relationship with a 15-year-old student whose father's mental illness and abusive manner led the student to try to commit suicide. Raises questions about what a teacher can do for such a student and suggests that reading can be one way that teachers and students can be led to talk about sensitive topics. (TB)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Counseling, Mental Disorders, Parent Child Relationship
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Froman, Julie Ann – English in Texas, 1994
Suggests that one of the biggest flaws with current teacher education programs is that the prospective teachers do not interact with the students in the role of instructor until their last semester. Argues that preservice teachers need to be equipped with the proper tools--realistic assignments, opportunities for student/teacher interaction,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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Hodges, Elizabeth – English in Texas, 1994
Offers two case studies which demonstrate gaps between teacher's and students' understandings and valuing of writing and revision. Argues that the more specific teacher's comments are, the more likely that students see immediately what revisions need to be made; and the narrower the conceptual boundaries of the comments, the more likely students…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition), Student Attitudes
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Jackman, Mary Kathryn – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses the dilemma of how to respond to student papers advancing morally repugnant positions. Advocates conceptualizing writing as an ethical act and connecting ethics and revision. Describes briefly how three such student papers were handled. (SR)
Descriptors: Bias, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition)
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Rehberger, Dean – English in Texas, 1994
Discusses different ways authority is defined and understood both in the classroom and in the various programs designed to improve student writing. Argues that bringing tutors into the classroom forces teachers to reanalyze their thinking about authority through their interactions with students. (SR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Peer Teaching, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship
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Howell, Pamela R. – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a teacher became converted to thinking about her developmental composition classes as genuine writing classes, classes about learning to express ideas on paper, not classes about error or exercise. Notes that the teacher thinks of her students as composition students first and developmental students second. (SR)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Remedial Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Hall, Susan; Tiggeman, Theresa – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a project initially designed to improve the quality of student writing in an introductory finance class led the teachers, as the project unfolded, to examine their assumptions about learning, shifting their attention from details of English usage to considerations of the context of which students wrote and the mindsets they brought…
Descriptors: Finance Occupations, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wyche-Smith, Susan – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the methods and means by which composition teachers can successfully create, train, and maintain writing groups (peer response groups, writing circles, or writing workshops) within the English classroom. (HB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Collaborative Writing
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Morton, Deborah Balzhiser – English in Texas, 1994
Argues that, when instructors consider only the socially constructed in their classrooms, the intricacies of individuals are lost. Points out that, when teachers think students are completing assignments, the students are actually completing their own understanding of the assignment. Suggests that instructors explain repeatedly what they expect of…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Higher Education, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes
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Herzog, Brad – English in Texas, 1994
Considers the profit of caring for writing students and helping them believe in the value of the materials they produce. Provides experiential evidence of the influence of one teacher's attempt to care ethically for his students. (HB)
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Philosophy, English Curriculum, English Instruction
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Benoit-Detrixhe, Liz – English in Texas, 1994
Examines the ways English teachers might try to make progress with uninterested and/or problem students. Narrates one teacher's experience with a particular male student, and how she partly got through to him. (HB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Higher Education
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Ballenger, Bruce – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the problem of allowing students to voice their opinions in research papers. Argues that seeing this as a problem points to pedagogical problems. Shows how student hesitancy to engage their opinions reflects their own developing epistemology. (HB)
Descriptors: English Curriculum, English Instruction, Freshman Composition, Higher Education