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    • 1 2 J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., and author of many books based on spelling research, was asked by the Zaner-Bloser editor Marytherese Croakin to discuss the four most pressing questions teachers have asked about teaching spelling. Here are the...
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    • 1 CHAPTER 1 Introduction -­‐ Nature of the Problem The connection between physical activity and student engagement is a heavily debated topic in the field of education. The health benefits of physical activity are well documented but the academic...
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    • 10 2. activities that are impersonal and unrelated to the day-to-day problems of the participants; 3. professional development that has a district-wide focus and does not meet the needs of the individual schools and teachers (Smith & Kritsonis,...
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    • !10 decided at 2:55 p.m. Trying to adapt to the wants of the Chinese was difficult because, at times, they did not even know what they wanted, and when they did, often that would change an hour later too. While this aspect certainly proved...
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    • 10 fueled considerable anxiety around school board members and administrators, many of who had farm or small town backgrounds. Enthusiastic supporters were drawn to the promise of school gardens not only as a way to better implement nature study...
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    • 11 Service learning helps promote both intellectual and civic engagement by linking the work students do in the classroom to real-world problems and real-world needs. Without compromising academic rigor or discipline-specific objectives, service...
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    • 12 requires more than a standardized form” (2002, p. 47). Guskey promoted portfolio development or hands-on role playing to implement learned practices. Teachers’ level of learning undoubtedly supersedes the elements of Level 1, in that despite...
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    • 17 INCLUSION: IN SERVICE TRAINING support necessary to guarantee the success of inclusion. Administrators with negative attitudes towards inclusion provide less support for teachers and schools. Villa et al. (1996) identified administrative support ...
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    • 17 reading” (p. 283). They continue to explain “the assessments should be sufficiently sensitive to small changes in the student’s reading performance” (Mesmer & Mesmer, 2008, p. 283). Besides indicating student growth, progress monitoring...
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    • 17 skills that participants learned make a difference in their professional practice?” (p. 47). Unfortunately, teachers’ enthusiasm for new strategies upon attending a workshop or conference often wanes, and they simply fall back into their...
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    • 2 4 knowledge of words. The test is administered like a typical spelling test, the words ordered by their level of difficulty. After students have taken the test, teachers use the spelling feature guide to score the test. This feature guide scores...
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    • 2 Chapter 1 Introduction- Nature of the Problem School gardens have constituted a valuable opportunity to integrate curriculum and provide hands-on learning. The school garden movement planted itself in numerous education philosophies including...
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    • 2 the “greening” of schools to bring a natural environment to urban areas and supplement school meal plans with food grown on campus. Urban school gardens provided a valuable learning environment that was unusual in large cities. Rural schools...
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    • 21 INCLUSION: IN SERVICE TRAINING teachers are making modifications for typical students as they make modifications for students with special needs. Teachers’ degree of participation and preferred level of participation in the special education pla...
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    • 21 This process of data-based decision making will allow teachers to more effectively determine the appropriate method of instruction or intervention on an individualized and/or classroom basis. Parent Involvement The National PTA found support for...
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    • 22 There are many trends found throughout all of these previous studies. First, decreasing or eliminating time for physical activity in order to accommodate for other academic subjects will not lead to improved student achievement. Second, increasing...
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    • 23 INCLUSION: IN SERVICE TRAINING Inclusion programs are successful when they include teachers who communicate with one another, plan together, and hold similar philosophies (Schwartz et al., n.d.). The question is not if we should collaborate with o...
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    • 23 Research confirms that the most critical relationship regarding student achievement remains the connection between teacher and parent. Maintaining open communications between the teacher, the student, and the parent is crucial. Successful...
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    • 25 Chapter 3 Methodology Purpose The purpose of this thesis project was to improve the effectiveness of a school-specific discipline program, the Pro-Active Skill Building Program. The researcher intended to develop a more structured system for...

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