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Writing Is An Acquired Skill Improved Upon With Practice And Reinforcement

Go in the back door when teaching writing and let confidence build through constant encouragement of effort, improvement, constantly pointing out the good, the progress. Then, point out the mechanics. As Edward Albee said in Zoo Story “Sometimes you go a great distance out of your way to come back a short distance correctly.”  …

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Possible Strategies For Finding Teachers

Many states and school districts are scrambling to find teachers. Growing student enrollments, a shrinking supply of individuals choosing to teach, escalating teacher retirements, and high turnover of new teachers have brought the teacher recruitment challenge to a point of impending crisis. Gone are the days of the college fair magically bringing new teachers to…

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Learning And Teaching Are Social In Nature And Begins In Infancy

Assumptions/Givens About Human Nature: – Human beings are innately curious with a desire to know the environment in which they live. They show this curiosity throughout their lives and therefore they are life-long learners. – Human beings are innately social and learn how to operate in social settings during their infancy. – Human beings have…

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Teacher Quality Is Defined By Reforms Fostered In Teacher Licensure And Certification

There is a growing consensus among many states that standards for accreditation of teacher preparation programs, initial licensing for teachers, and advanced certification for veteran teachers should be aligned. Rules and tests that govern teacher certification have little to do with true classroom performance. Rather than tighten regulations, states are urged to simplify entry and…

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The Importance of Higher Education Issues in America

Survey respondents were asked to rate the importance of 31 higher education issues, using a five-point scale of ‘1’ equaling “not important” to ‘5’ equaling “very important.” Respondents were directed to consider the importance of these issues for the state overall, not simply to reflect their own viewpoints or their agencies’ agendas. Readers should keep…

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High Schools Have Increasingly Become College Preparatory Institutions

The American high school has been a remarkably resilient institution, maintaining its basic structure even as its mission and the world around it have experienced dramatic transformations. One hundred years ago, only about 10 percent of adolescents enrolled in high school, which served then as a direct pathway to improved social and economic standing. In…

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Site-based Management Creates Opportunities Part 1

Site-based Management Creates Opportunities – Part 1

Site-based management can be defined as the formal alteration of school governance arrangements. Site-based management is a form of decentralization. Site-based management has three distinctive features: (1) Some formal authority to make decisions in the central domains of budget, personnel and program is delegated to the school site. (2) The formal authority to make decisions…

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A College Education Has Become An Essential Part Of The American Dream

A college education has become an essential part of the American Dream for millions of families. Indeed, extensive polling and focus group research conducted by our coalition of higher education associations in the last year clearly demonstrates that the public overwhelmingly believes higher education is vitally important for personal success. Furthermore, they believe that all…

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The Appropriate Use Of The Lecture And Alternative Teaching Methods

The selection of teaching methods and strategies must be based, to some extent, on your own teaching preferences and unique style. Remember, however, that students learn in many different ways, and some research suggests that their learning preferences are substantively different from those of the faculty. For example, some students learn best when they have…

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Testing Is Only Part Of The Evaluation Of Learning

Every time you ask a question in class, monitor a student discussion, or read a term paper, you are evaluating learning. Moreover, the evaluation process (whether it involves examinations or not) is a valuable part of the teaching process. The primary purpose of evaluation is to provide corrective feedback to the student, the secondary purpose…

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