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Kuh, Lisa; Nelson, Christy – New Educator, 2014
How can teachers engage in new ways of teaching that demonstrate student achievement beyond required standardized testing? This article by teachers for teachers shares one team's experience engaging in documentation with children via ongoing projects. Teachers shifted how they viewed assessment, used assessment tools and negotiated the…
Descriptors: Documentation, Educational Assessment, Inquiry, Alternative Assessment
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Cox Suárez, Stephanie – New Educator, 2014
Close listening and observation of children as an alternative assessment is a powerful approach that can help balance an emphasis on standardized measurement. The tool of Reggio-inspired documentation is described for families with suggestions on how to advocate and support teachers who want to tell a story about children's learning that…
Descriptors: Listening, Observation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Khales, Buad; Meier, Daniel – New Educator, 2013
The article describes the integration of inquiry, reflective practice, and child-centered teaching approaches in preservice teacher education at the early childhood level. The article reviews relevant literature on the forms and functions of inquiry and reflection as a form of professional development and teacher learning and also describes the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Inquiry
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Masuda, Avis; Ebersole, Michele – New Educator, 2012
This article describes how a study group for beginning teachers, led by instructors from the teacher education program from which they had just graduated, supported the novice teachers' abilities to survive their induction year and the constraints of school practices influenced by high-stakes accountability policies. Findings demonstrate that the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Beginning Teachers, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
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Wohlwend, Karen E. – New Educator, 2008
When children enter public kindergartens in the current atmosphere of high-stakes testing, they often encounter an emphasis on correctness that casts doubt on the integrity of their personally invented messages, prompting them to ask not "What did I write?" but "Is this right?" This ethnographic case study examines early writing by 23 kindergarten…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Student Evaluation, High Stakes Tests, Intention
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Beck, Clive; Kosnik, Clare; Rowsell, Jennifer – New Educator, 2007
In this study we asked beginning elementary teachers about their needs as first-year teachers and the adequacy of their preservice program in helping to meet them. The new teachers varied in satisfaction with their preparation but showed considerable consensus on their needs. They felt the study of both theory and practice should be conducted in…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Education, Literacy
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Diamond, Julie – New Educator, 2007
This article describes a curriculum developed by the author and the children in her public school kindergarten class. Teaching practices that foster children's intellectual--and overall human--development are documented. The goals and purposes of schooling are discussed as well as issues pertaining to the role of the teacher, structures that…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Teaching Methods, Child Development, Teacher Role
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Garcia, Eugene E.; Jensen, Bryant; Cuellar, Delis – New Educator, 2006
Hispanics account for over one-fifth of newborns in the United States, and Hispanic children, on average, achieve at much lower levels from kindergarten forward than the non-Hispanic white majority and Asian Americans. One of the most important educational challenges for the U.S. is to increase markedly the percentage of Hispanic children who…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Academic Achievement, Young Children, Kindergarten