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Powell, Rebecca; Mcintyre, Ellen; Rightmyer, Elizabeth – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2006
Why are children off task? What is going on in classrooms where a majority of children are off task? In this study we analyzed primary-grade classroom literacy instruction in which there was considerable off-task behavior. Using Turner and Paris's frame for understanding student motivation in the classroom, we analyzed 73 activity settings where…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Student Motivation, Reading Motivation, Literacy Education
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Larson, Joanne; Gatto, Lynn Astarita – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2004
This article describes one urban classroom and the language and literacy practices jointly constructed by a veteran urban teacher, Lynn Gatto, and her 3rd grade students. Drawing from two ethnographic studies of Gattos 2nd-4th grade looped classroom, we argue that Gatto and her students use the interplay between strategies and tactics (De Certeau,…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Ethnography, Urban Schools, Student Attitudes