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    • 1 0 letting students sort individually. The program “Words Their Way,” uses this method to teach spelling. According to Gentry (2004), “this method of word sorting cannot function as a spelling program, because there is too much word-specific...
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    • 1 Best Spelling Practices in Classroom Instruction Chapter 1 - Introduction There are many challenges that face educators regarding how to effectively teach spelling. Gentry stated, “Spelling really does matter and that, as educators, we need to...
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    • 10 are able to make “annual growth” in the first few years of school, they will not become further behind others, but they still will be unable to reach appropriate benchmarks. Research indicates that, although data vary from state to state, the...
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    • 10 Chapter 1 The Internet and the Web As previously mentioned, HTML was developed in the early 1990s by Tim Berners-Lee who was an independent contractor at CERN. The original intent of HTML was to provide a means where-by scientific information...
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    • 10 Education, 2010). According to Education Week, the majority of Hispanic and Black males in Utah do not graduate from high school with a standard diploma (Utah Education Facts, 2011). The percentage of dropouts among Hispanic individuals is three...
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    • 10 for poor school outcomes, not only because of language issues, but also because of socioeconomic issues (Goldenberg, 2008). Most Hispanic Americans are characterized as having low levels of educational success and high rates of poverty, and this...
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    • 11 In a research study conducted by O’Connor et al. (2000), a group of kindergarteners’ literacy progress was monitored and tracked over two years. During this time, students who were considered “at-risk” were given four tiers of intervention. The...
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    • 12 opportunities. Compared to motivated classmates, reluctant readers surrender into the spiraling world of low exposure to text. The implications are grave. This lack of exposure to text and the lack of fruitful reading practice on the part of...
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    • 12 systematic and explicit instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency” (Cavanough, Kim, Wanzek, & Vaughn, p. 9). The literature shows that kindergarten-reading skills can be predictive of...
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    • 12 Wise (2009) commented on why high school has been left out of the literacy debate: the policymakers under No Child Left Behind only focused on the elementary levels because the severity of struggling readers in the upper levels was not...
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    • 14 Students who are effectively monitoring and managing their own behavior tend to exhibit more appropriate on-task behavior. As a result, teachers are more available to address more pressing instructional matters (Loveless, 2010). Use of a Timeout...
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    • 14 thirteen schools in the district (Givens-Ogle, Christ, & Idol, 1991). The system emphasized direct, data-based instruction and applied behavior analysis for at-risk students. The goal was to reduce special education referrals through more...
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    • 15 achievement in reading is higher at the end of the school year than it was at the beginning of the year (Al Otaiba, Kosanovich-Grek, Torgesen, Hassler, & Wahl, 2005). One study shows that, when using ability grouping for reading instruction,...
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    • 15 own education and professional training. More and more states are adopting professional exams to illustrate a teacher’s content knowledge and professional ability; in many states, employment hinges on passing such tests. Pamela Esprivalo Harrell...
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    • 16 discussions,” para. 2). In addition to student satisfaction, instructors noted the pleasure of hearing the ideas—many of which are “surprisingly compelling”—of the more introverted class members (2003). This format can also decrease...
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    • 164 Chapter 9 Adobe Dreamweaver picker. The color picker will immediately close after you select a color. 7. Now click “Apply.” The color of the body background area will change to reflect your color choice. If you don’t like the color, click the...
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    • 17 strategies and altering attitudes, assessment can and should be a crucial part of all educational endeavors (Brimijoin, 2005). The public tends to look at assessment as a student issue; we need to understand the broad spectrum of people and...
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    • 18 The student population of East Shore High School was primarily considered at-risk. 75% of the student population was Caucasian, 21% was Hispanic, and 5% were American Indian, Asian, Black, or Polynesian. Thirty four percent of the student...
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    • 19 went to pre-kindergarten programs. In recent years, some politicians held the belief that pre-kindergarten programs would eventually impact scores recorded for the No Child Left Behind Act. This notion brought forth even more funding for...
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    • 2 beginning-of-the-year to their mid-year scores on the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) to determine if the vocabulary intervention was a successful tool for helping them improve in reading achievement. Research...

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