A Rising TIDE: Action and Reflection on Teaching in Diverse Environments
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Volume 4 – Summer 2011
Our fourth volume of Rising Tide consists of work from our 35 Master of Arts in Teaching students. This action research was conducted during their school internships in St. Mary’s County and Calvert County. As in the past, interns identified student needs by observing classrooms, communicating with school faculty, and reading School Improvement Plans. They then identified an appropriate theoretical framework and consulted with faculty at both the college and the school in designing the study.
The topics chosen by interns for this volume were as diverse as the classrooms in which they taught. Some interns explored how effective they could be in a particular instructional context (e.g., inclusive classroom, ability-grouped classes). Others investigated the effectiveness of instructional strategies, both broad (e.g., culturally relevant pedagogy) and specific (use of vocabulary images). Still others examined the effectiveness of technology as a teaching tool. In addition to concerns for effectiveness were interns’ concerns about motivating their students, and seven projects were dedicated to the subject of motivation. Another common theme pertained to the ways in which teachers can establish positive relationships with students and serve as their advocates. Related to this theme, some interns focused on strategies to foster a classroom environment of fairness and collaboration. Finally, many explored their ability to challenge various stereotypes and inequities in their new role as teachers.
Examining Instructional Strategies
Kaitlin Boswell, Learning together: The benefits of cooperative and collaborative education
Katie McDermott, Visual literacy and the use of images in the language arts classroom
Meeting the Needs of Students
Connie Cardwell, Improving independent reading in the inclusive first-grade classroom
Elizabeth Vicini, Methods for students with ADHD: Improving the success of all students
Exploring the Student-Teacher Relationship
Teacher As Advocate
Chris Rodkey, In Loco Parentis: Reaffirming the role of teachers
Increasing Student Motivation
Joanne Buchbinder, Leading a horse to water: Increasing student motivation through relevance
Samantha Ives, To read or not to read: Motivating high school seniors
Enhancing The Classroom Environment
Linda Cruikshank, Creating classroom harmony
Daniel Morris, Democracy in the classroom: More than just an idea
Challenging Stereotypes and Inequities
Matt Stone, Observational detection of stereotype threat
Brennan Davis, Teaching for the 21st century: The impact of technology on student interest and content mastery
Takako Mato, Integrating technology in the music classroom