A Rising TIDE: Action and Reflection on Teaching in Diverse Environments
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Volume 5 – Summer 2012
In our fifth volume, interns explore a variety of topics related to their instruction and the well-being of their students. Some chose to analyze the effectiveness of teaching strategies that they had fine-tuned for their particular teaching context. One such strategy utilized by interns in several areas was to increase the perceived relevance of course material by connecting it to the lives and interests of their students. Other instructional emphases tended to be specific to certain subject areas. These included emphases on assessing student understanding in mathematics, increasing student engagement in social studies, and improving literacy skills in music and language arts.
Another theme, reflected in many of the articles in this volume, had to do with the well-being of the students. For example, many interns focused on understanding and improving the lives of students who were “at-risk” in some regard. Others focused on enhancing students’ self-beliefs and motivation, with the hope that doing so might also increase their achievement. Another common emphasis had to do with establishing a cohesive, respectful, and productive classroom environment. Finally, and in keeping with the mission of the department, some interns chose to examine the extent to which they could successfully foster a sense of equity and concern for social justice in their classrooms.
Aiming for Equity
Making Instruction Relevant
Emily Davis, “It’s All About Me”: Making Art Relevant
Lindsey Hunter, Blogging With Friends: A French Class Pen Pal Project
Improving Students’ Motivation and Self-Beliefs
Blair Lusby, Gaining Confidence in Mathematics
Fostering a Healthy Classroom Environment
Meeting the Needs of “At-Risk” Students
Jessica Garner, Proud and At-Risk: Discovering the Student Behind the Label
Taren Parsons, Not Again! The Attitude of the Repeater Student Towards Math
Improving Literacy Skills in Music and Language Arts
Diana Stellway, The Singing Orchestra: Music Education Practices
Amanda Williams, The Missing LINC of Vocabulary Acquisition
Assessing Understanding in Mathematics
Jessica Christopher, Implementing New Strategies: How Do Teachers and Students React?
Engaging Students in Social Studies
Kenneth Benjes, Making History Not Boring Via Multicultural Education
Katharine Sheehan, Redefining Secondary Social Studies Pedagogy