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An activity designed to introduce the metric system to fourth graders begins by asking students to use metric measurement to measure the length of their foot, their height, and the length of the classroom. It then asks them to use a thermometer and record the temperature of the classroom in degrees Celsius and to use a metric scale to weigh themselves in kilograms. Why is this activity a good way to introduce the metric system?
Ms. Fitzky, in preparing her students for the STAAR tests, sometimes lectures for as long as 30 minutes to her fifth-grade class. Research evidence shows that this form of instruction delivery –
Mr. Marten is first year teacher at an urban high school with many students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. He has just completed making parent contacts and visits the teacher’s lounge where he hears a comment about one of his students. Another teacher on the team says, “I guess we shouldn’t expect Jason to strive for commended on the TAKS test because his parents said they were not very good at math.” What is Mr. Marten’s best reaction to this comment?
A second-grade teacher has been hired for a classroom where 12 of 23 students are “at-risk” students. The principal tells the teacher that “These children are low academic achievers since kindergarten who exhibit low self-esteem.” The principal’s comment is likely based on his awareness that children at this age develop a sense of inferiority if they –
Ms. Whatley is supporting the campus initiative at her middle school regarding character education. As part of the initiative each teacher is required to discuss a scenario at the beginning of each class period to address appropriate ways to deal with prominent issues. Ms. Whatley understands her students’ responses will most likely be based on…