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Reciprocal Teaching and Comprehension: A Single-Subject Research Study

Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate how reciprocal teaching affectedvocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension in four at-risk students in a fourthgrade inclusion classroom. A single subject research study method was used to measurethe baseline of each student. Subsequently, students were assessed daily after receivingtwo interventions that alternated during a six week period:…

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Seymour Papert: Situating Constructionism

Situating Constructionism By Seymour Papert and Idit Harel The following essay is the first chapter in Seymour Papert and Idit Harel’s book Constructionism (Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1991). http://www.papert.org/articles/SituatingConstructionism.html It is easy enough to formulate simple catchy versions of the idea of constructionism; for example, thinking of it as “learning-by-making.” One purpose of this introductory chapter is to…

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How To Help Students Learn From Anything

Who controls the learning in your classroom? What are the sources of that learning? Does the learning happen as a matter of access to content, or participation in teacher-derived learning activities–i.e., units and lessons? Who or what is the most persistent catalyst in the process of learning? Frequently, it’s probably you (the teacher). You’re the…

How To Create Categories For Learning Badges
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How To Create Categories For Learning Badges

How can you help students see their own progress? And use that to motivate them? Encouragement mechanics–a kind of gamification–is one approach. And note, you needn’t make that lesson or unit feel like a ‘video game.’ That’s not gamification. Gamification is simply the application of game-like mechanics to ‘non-games.’ So here, we’d be taking a…