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Dutt-Doner, Karen M.; Maddox, Reva – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Authentic assessment requires students to think critically while applying skills to solve real-world problems. Integrating traditional and authentic assessment can provide accurate pictures of what students know. This paper describes one elementary teacher's experiences with alternative assessment, discussing possible concerns with using authentic…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Performance Based Assessment
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Cizek, Gregory J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Despite dramatic evolution during the past decade, assessment of student performance still has issues to address which present important challenges for educators and may determine whether assessment ultimately succeeds or fails. The three issues are evaluating students, applying assessment innovations (holistic scoring and portfolio assessment),…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation
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Barron, Ann E.; Ivers, Karen S. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Explains how teachers can take advantage of the Internet to create classroom projects. The process involves locating collaborating partners via the World Wide Web, then determining which projects would be worthwhile to students. Presents guidelines for organizing a classroom project, discusses classroom considerations, examines teacher…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Electronic Mail
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Draper, Wallace – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Describes how Kappa Delta Phi members will be involved in the conceptual process for improving education, explaining how in that involvement, they will face new certification processes and new ways of evaluating preservice and inservice experiences. Looks at the new certification process, noting that performance criteria, not coursework, will be…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Fraternities
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Higgerson, Mary Lou – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Asserts that today's students must cope with considerable hostility and find the courage to survive aggression (e.g., through organized religion). Without religion in schools, educators lose values that teach children to be ethical, contributing citizens. Teachers must be leaders in moral development in order to help students understand how their…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Conflict Resolution
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Carpenter, Wade A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Teachers are rarely prepared for violence, and their idealism may undermine credibility and lead to disillusionment. Reality, therefore, must inform theory to equip educators with action-based solutions. Teachers need adequate preparation on handling students who bring weapons to school. The paper presents principles to ponder regarding school…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Antisocial Behavior, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Behavior
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Morris, Robert C. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
For schools to be peaceful places offering quality education, conflicts must be managed constructively, without verbal or physical violence. Understanding stress is the first step toward managing it. Theory must inform reality to arm teachers with knowledge-based solutions. This paper examines stress and conflict, conflict and anger, managing…
Descriptors: Anger, Antisocial Behavior, Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution
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Sloane, Marie W. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Successful programs for classroom management and discipline treat students as active participants in building positive affective environments. This paper discusses the basic steps of conflict resolution and presents an example of how one elementary school handled a situation in which a group of students who played soccer each day during recess had…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education
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Allen, James D.; Burns, James P. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Discusses how to manage classrooms that include students identified with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and mild mental retardation. For these classrooms to succeed, teachers must implement appropriate curricular accommodation and classroom-management strategies and promote the learning and social skills of typical students. When…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education
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Klein, M. Frances – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
Two questions must accompany educational reform: Who will make decisions regarding curriculum? and What kind of curriculum is most desired for students? This paper suggests that teachers and students, guided by other interested parties, should make curriculum decisions, and a highly personalized curriculum is most desirable. These changes require…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Sweeny, Barry – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
Discusses questions that must be explored and answered if content standards are to improve teaching and learning, examining the need for standards, four types of standards, levels of standards, a framework for reform, and the creation of standards. Concludes with recommendations about how educators can use standards to improve teaching and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Course Content, Curriculum, Educational Change
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Bernauer, James A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
Curriculum standards can help educators achieve important student outcomes. However, only through collaboration, empowerment, and leadership will meaningful school improvement occur. This paper examines the importance of (1) collaborative action research to help teachers assess and improve their own practice and (2) leadership support to encourage…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Action Research, Administrator Role, Curriculum Development
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Haberman, Martin – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
For urban schools, concerns over curriculum standards come second. First must come a plan to stop teaching values that reinforce a curriculum for unemployment. This paper presents three methods to counteract the impact of anti-work curricula: teacher development, student development (via a school-to-work curriculum), and shaping a curriculum that…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship
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Henson, Kenneth T. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
Offers suggestions to help educators prepare manuscripts for submission, presenting ideas from a 1996-1997 survey of editors. The ideas include the following: know your audience; know your journal; know the journal's writing style; write concisely; edit, revise, and proofread; note tables; and check references. Three sidebars present tips for…
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Editors, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Publishing
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Wolfe, Deborah – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1999
This interview with Deborah Wolfe, an experienced teacher, examines her life as a teacher, what makes her a good teacher, what her first day of teaching was like, why there is such a demand for teachers, why the demand is an ongoing problem, her favorite teachers, and how she became involved in Kappa Delta Pi. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Personal Narratives
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