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Keiser, David Lee – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Using a creative route of developing pedamantras, or teaching slogans, teacher candidates can develop their philosophy as an organic expression of their essential belief or felt sense about teaching.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Educational Philosophy, Self Efficacy
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Reeves, Emily; Miller, Stacia; Chavez, Crystal – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
We know the benefits of physical activity, and yet recess and physical education classes are being cut or scaled back to make room for meeting academic standards. Is cutting recess and physical education really benefiting academics? A look at some recent studies suggests that it is not. Integrating physical activity into the classroom may increase…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Education, Recess Breaks, Movement Education
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Lendvay, Gregory – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
How can a teacher make learning vocabulary and academic content meaningful to students from diverse cultural backgrounds? The author shares strategies for incorporating dynamic participatory processes into the classroom.
Descriptors: Drama, Story Telling, Vocabulary Development, Student Diversity
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Mullen, Carol A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Reaching beyond traditional mentoring models in education, this essay describes eight expanded and transformative forms that diversify, enrich, and improve relationships, environments, and systems.
Descriptors: Mentors, Transformative Learning, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Bates, Celeste C. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Enhance a long-standing tradition of paper-based coaching notes with digital apps to record anecdotes and observations that support professional development.
Descriptors: Notetaking, Faculty Development, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Oriented Programs
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Birnie, Billie F. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Teachers are responsible for what happens in their classrooms, and promoting civil discourse should be among their top priorities. Not only should they model civil speech and behavior, but they also should establish clear boundaries for students, create a climate that nourishes courteous exchange, and help students build vocabularies that enable…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Discourse Communities, Teaching Methods
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Young, Carol; Hill, Rachel; Morris, Greg; Woods, Fabiola – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Adapting a Team of Teams model to a school environment provides a framework for a collaborative team culture based on trust, common vision, purposeful conversations, and interconnectivity. School leaders facilitate collaboration by modeling teamwork, as well as transparency and adaptability, to create a positive school culture and thereby improve…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Educational Improvement, School Culture, Collegiality
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Visone, Jeremy D. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
This article shares a promising practice: collegial visits. During collegial visits, educators watch a colleague teach a lesson about a predetermined focus as a form of professional development. Educators, including the host teacher, debrief after the lesson. These visits are part of a cycle of learning that moves from theory to practice, and the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Faculty Development, Observational Learning
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Conderman, Greg – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Teachers are spending more of their time and making more decisions within teams. Effective teacher-based teams provide academic and behavioral support for students as well as professional development for teachers. Learn how the best teams function.
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teamwork, Participative Decision Making, Faculty Development
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Crawford-Ferre, Heather Glynn; Wiest, Lynda R.; Vega, Stephanie – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Because financial literacy is an important skill for middle-grades students, this article suggests numerous personal financial literacy tasks for use in the mathematics classroom. Also provided are specifics for implementing one of these tasks to address mathematical content.
Descriptors: Money Management, Middle School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Task Analysis
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Spencer, Elizabeth J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The inclusion of professional learning community (PLC) groups is now a common initiative in many districts across the country. While this step supports the professional development of teachers, an effective PLC program must go beyond just bringing colleagues together during a common time. The author recommends organizational structures for schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement
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Richardson, Eileen M. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
In a high-school reading class, the author used Reader's Theater as an instructional and motivational strategy for underachieving students. This action research focused on the extent to which implementing Reader's Theater motivated students to read and improve their reading skills. Consistent increases in scores for all students occurred over the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Motivation, Reading Difficulties, High School Students
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Sterrett, William L. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The voices of district leaders, principals, teachers, and students at two award-winning schools both encourage and challenge the reader to reflect on going green.
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Sustainability, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role
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Good, Amy J.; Petty, Teresa M.; Handler, Laura K. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The authors' study reveals leadership opportunities fostered by National Board Certification in the areas of instructional leadership, association leadership, and policy leadership. Discover how this certification program yields these opportunities.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Certification, Educational Policy, Teacher Leadership
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Freedson, Margaret; Eastman, Wayne – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Discussing ideologically opposing views of beginning reading, the authors trace the politics of reading curriculum in two racially diverse New Jersey school districts working to raise the literacy achievement of traditionally underserved students through socially just literacy education.
Descriptors: Ideology, Outcomes of Education, Beginning Reading, English Curriculum
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