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Willson, Angeli Marie; Falcon, Lori Ann – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2018
This article examines how elementary public school teachers in South Texas are implementing a balanced literacy approach in light of the expectations of accountability for student performance. For more than three decades, Texas schools have felt, and continue to feel, the pressure of accountability. Therefore, it becomes essential to investigate…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Accountability, Teaching Methods, Literacy Education
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Brooks. Benita R. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
House Bill (HB) 2237 (80th Legislature), Section 6: Adolescent Reading Assessment requires districts and public charter schools to administer the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA) or some other state approved alternative assessment to students in grade seven who do not demonstrate reading proficiency on the grade six state reading…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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Lindley, Sarah; Giles, Rebecca M.; Tunks, Karyn – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Decades of research have focused on the impact of summer learning loss and effective tools in stemming the flow of knowledge lost during summer break. While reading lists have become a standard practice for addressing students' needs to maintain learning levels over the summer months, very little research has been conducted on the book lists…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Books, Grade 8
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Durham, Patricia; Raymond, Roberta D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
This study examined how purposely exposing students to types of "tagging" opportunities for metacognitive reading skills strengthened cognitive reading fluency, or the fluidity and awareness of thinking, applying, and reflecting on their critical reading skills. Additionally, another purpose was to uncover if becoming metacognitively…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Metacognition, Reading Fluency
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Sanchez, Bernice; Lewis, Katie D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Teacher Preparation Programs must work towards not only preparing preservice teachers to have knowledge of classroom pedagogy but also must expand preservice teachers understanding of content knowledge as well as to develop higher-order thinking which includes thinking critically. This mixed methods study examined how writing shapes thinking and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reading, Critical Thinking, Mixed Methods Research