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Sharp, Laurie; Brown, Tiffany – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Handwriting is an essential skill for learners, but advancements with technology have greatly altered perceptions towards handwriting and handwriting instruction. This study sought to determine the current state of handwriting through an exploratory analysis of the teaching experiences of three practicing elementary teachers with varying…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes
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Walker, Karen E. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research concerning preschool teachers' constructions of early reading has potential to influence teachers' curricular decisions and classroom practice. Six preschool teachers in North Texas were interviewed in regard to what they think about early reading and how they develop these understandings or constructions. The systematic, inductive…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Reading, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Chiarelli, MaryAnne; Szabo, Susan; Williams, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study examined the use of a free behavioral management software program to see if it was successful to help first grade students recognize and self-monitor their behaviors while working in centers during teacher directed guided reading time. The study found that ClassDojo had a positive impact on these first grade students' behaviors and…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education
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Huddleston, Andrew P.; Rockwell, Elizabeth C. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This historical critique of high-stakes testing in reading focuses on selected events from three historical movements: 1) the history of standardized testing, 2) the history of standardized reading tests, and 3) the history of high-stakes testing. These three interrelated histories have produced the high-stakes, standardized reading tests used in…
Descriptors: Criticism, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Efficiency
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Sinclair, Becky; Szabo, Susan – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Legible penmanship is important. However, young students have difficulty producing legible handwriting (Marr, Windsor, & Cermak, 2001). As legible handwriting is a benefit for both the students and the teachers in the classroom setting, this study examined if pencil size had an impact on preschool and kindergarten students' handwriting. The…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Young Children
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Welsh, Kimberly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This one-year exploratory case study attempted to discern which adjustments in culture, physical classroom environment, and instruction were needed to improve reading instruction in ailing K-2 classrooms at Lion Elementary School. A holistic approach was created to diagnose the problem surrounding poor early reading achievement. After proper…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Program Improvement, Reading Instruction, Elementary Schools
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Gaffner, Jacqueline; Johnson, Kary; Torres-Elias, Annette; Dryden, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of collaborative efforts between a large metropolitan school district and the school of education at an area urban university. A reading clinic, in which university students conducted small guided reading group lessons with elementary students reading below grade level, was established through…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Individualized Instruction, College School Cooperation
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Young, Chase – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This article describes an action research project undertaken by a second grade teacher looking for research-based ways to increase his students' reading comprehension. He designed fifteen comprehension workstations and evaluated their effect on his second graders' reading comprehension scores as measured by district Imagination Station…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Reading Comprehension, Workstations, Action Research
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Saccomano, Doreen – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Close Reading is a strategy that can be used when reading challenging text. This strategy requires teachers to provide scaffolding, and create opportunities for think-alouds and rereading of text in order to help students become active readers who focus on finding text-based support for their answers. In addition, teachers must also be aware of…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Reading Strategies
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Grote-Garcia, Stephanie; Vasinda, Sheri – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/) is one of the fastest growing social media sites (Duggan & Smith, 2013) and teachers are using it more and more for pedagogical ideas. In response to the increased use of social media in K-12 classrooms, it is highly important to prepare preservice teachers to incorporate these tools into their pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Social Media, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Uses in Education
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Bradley, Karen Sue; Bradley, Jack – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
In recent years, the popularity of alphabet books has spread into older grades, as they address a variety of themes and can be used across disciplines. Their complexity can stimulate thinking and offer a world of possibilities in the area of research. Students of all ages are motivated to create an alphabet book on a self-selected topic. The…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Books, Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods
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Cummins, Amy – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
Analyzing Meg Medina's young adult novel "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" (2013) through the lens of multidisciplinary research on school bullying provides a case study in using young adult literature (YAL) to stimulate high school discussions about bullying. Strategies for using anti-bullying YAL and recommendations of additional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Adolescent Literature, Bullying, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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
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Jacoby, Pat; Vasinda, Sheri – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
In the Winter 2013 edition of the "Texas Journal of Literacy Education," we announced that a special task force from the TALE board would be sharing the common ground among the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). In that first edition, we…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Academic Standards, Writing (Composition)
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Pilgrim, Jodi – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
New Texas literacy laws mandate continuing education requirements for educators who teach dyslexic students. Close to twenty percent of the US population display one or more symptoms of dyslexia (Washburn, Joshi, & Binks-Cantrell, 2011), and teachers must be equipped to adapt instruction to meet these students' needs. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Dyslexia, Teacher Competencies
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