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Akins, M.; Tichenor, M.; Heins, E.; Piechura, K. – Reading Improvement, 2018
Research stresses the importance of teachers' competency in children's literature to produce successful readers (Burgess et al., 2011; Collins & Safford, 2008; Cremin et al., 2009). Teachers' competency in children's literature includes the knowledge of quality authors and their texts and the ability of teachers to discuss multiple genres.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Familiarity, Teacher Competencies
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Smith, Ann Marie; Salgado, Yolanda – Reading Improvement, 2018
The purpose of this case study was to investigate how an English language arts teacher used young adult literature to help English language learners improve English and literacy comprehension. Through the lens of Anzaldua's (2007) "borderlands", and Rolon-Dow's (2005) "critical care", the authors analyze the case study…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Grade 6, Case Studies, English (Second Language)
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McCaffrey, Megan; Hisrich, Katy E. – Reading Improvement, 2017
As instructors of preservice teachers both researchers have spent time in classrooms observing the reading block. Teacher read-alouds were observed and a disconcerting occurrence became apparent to both researchers independently. Teachers took two seemingly dissimilar approaches to the practice of read-alouds. Teachers observed, either implemented…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Instruction, Educational Practices, Reading Teachers
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Al-Dhafir, Mohammad – Reading Improvement, 2015
The purpose of the study was to examine the Kuwaiti first grade teachers' perceptions of developmentally appropriate practices in teaching reading and writing. To achieve the research purpose, a questionnaire was developed and administrated to 167 first grade teachers. Results revealed that first grade teachers hold moderate agreement towards…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Reading Instruction
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Miller, Harry – Reading Improvement, 2014
In this article, teachers are reminded that their content subject areas require acquainting children with special words or symbols related to that subject area (e.g. mathematics or social studies). Because children can read well does not mean they would be understanding of any special reading skill required in a content subject area; that the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary, Content Area Reading
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Newton, Jodi; Winches, Betty – Reading Improvement, 2013
What do great teachers do differently? It is obvious that some teachers simply have better student achievement than others. Some teachers have stellar results year after year with all students. The age old question then becomes, how do these teachers have this level of success? This research started with an examination of teachers who had strong…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Characteristics, Effective Schools Research, Best Practices
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Pomerantz, Francesca; Pierce, Michelle – Reading Improvement, 2013
From 2005-2009, the state determined that the Williams School had made no progress in raising its poor performance on the state English language arts test. In the fall of 2009, the state awarded literacy partnership grants to provide professional development to low-performing schools, and the Williams School partnered with our institution of…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Low Achievement, Reading Instruction, Literacy
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Burgess, Stephen R.; Sargent, Stephan; Smith, Melinda; Hill, Nancy; Morrison, Susan – Reading Improvement, 2011
Several authors have suggested that a teacher's ability to encourage a disposition to read may be linked to their personal reading habits and views of literacy. This study examined the relationship between elementary school teachers' reading habits, knowledge of children's literature, and their use of literacy best practices in the classroom. One…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Habits, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers
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Kotaman, Huseyin; Tekin, Ali Kemal; Tekin, Gokce – Reading Improvement, 2007
In Turkey, the Ministry of National Education (MONE) changed the reading instruction method in elementary schools from whole language approach to phonics emphasis in 2005. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to examine the impacts of phonics method on reading acquisition in a Turkish sample; to understand what elementary school teachers…
Descriptors: Phonics, Whole Language Approach, Foreign Countries, Grade 1
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Haeseler, Lisa Ann – Reading Improvement, 2006
Elementary school teachers must clearly understand that many children of domestic violence abuse are struggling with abuse issues at home along with literacy learning at school. This article will demonstrate how a child from an adverse home environment may face additional literacy challenges in school. This article will also provide specific…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Elementary School Teachers, Literacy Education, Family Violence
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Feng, Shoudong; Powers, Kathy – Reading Improvement, 2005
Grammar instruction has long been a troubling issue for many language arts teachers. This collaborative research between an elementary classroom teacher and university faculty, based on the assumption that grammar is most effectively taught in reading and writing, looks into the short- and long-term effect of error-based grammar instruction on the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grammar, Elementary School Teachers, College Faculty
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Marlow, Leslie; Inman, Duane; Shwery, Craig – Reading Improvement, 2005
This study examined teachers' expressed perceptions of states' provisions for instructional materials and professional development opportunities related to state literacy initiatives for K-6 classroom teachers in ten southeastern states. Approximately 400 teachers responded to a survey instrument which included the topics of materials and…
Descriptors: State Standards, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Professional Development
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Ajayi, Lasisi – Reading Improvement, 2005
Coursebooks are an indispensable tool of the language arts instruction in elementary schools across California State. They are designed for teachers with precise indications of instructional practices, classroom social and participatory structures. However, these pre-designed practices are hardly evaluated for their appropriateness to meet…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Teaching Methods, Interests, Elementary School Teachers
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Groce, Robin D. – Reading Improvement, 2004
The purpose of this manuscript is to describe how elementary teachers used their experiences in a storytelling inservice training to teach lessons in language arts, science, social studies, and bilingual education. Qualitative research methods were used in simultaneously collecting and analyzing data. Storytelling was found to be a valuable tool…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Story Telling, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Improvement
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Dinnan, James A.; Hafner, Lawrence E. – Reading Improvement, 1970
Notes among other things that prospective teachers fall below a satisfactory level in reading, lack sufficient general information, and show disinterest in teaching on a personal inventory. Upgrading in the selection and preparation of teachers is urged. Bibliography. (RW)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, College Students, Elementary School Teachers, General Education
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