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Meet ASCD Outstanding Young Educators from the past 10 years. Find out where their work has taken them and what drives their leadership today.


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The Power of Student Feedback

It makes sense for teachers to tap their students' knowledge, ideas, and thoughts about what changes should be made to the instructional methods, teacher traits, or classroom environment. Doing so also models the growth mind-set teachers expect from their students.


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Reading: The Core Skill

The ability to read skillfully and with comprehension is the foundation of student achievement across the curriculum. Yet many students still come to the upper elementary grades without basic reading proficiency. This issue will look at what students at every grade level need to become strong readers.



Supporting Preservice Teachers


In a classroom stint that often lasts little more than eight weeks, preservice teachers get the chance to put into practice everything they've learned in the college classroom. Along with education theory, student teachers have the guidance of a seasoned mentor teacher and the support of their professors as they face real students for the first time. But do preservice education programs do enough, especially when it comes to setting up new teachers for practical success in the classroom?

Articles in this issue of ASCD Express raise questions, offer practical ideas, and provoke creative challenges for educators at all levels—whether apprentice, journeyman, or veteran—and teacher educators who want to improve the classroom teaching experience of the education profession's newest members.


Learning and Teaching for the Long Haul

Learning and Teaching for the Long Haul Teacher educators must give preservice teachers the proper support, challenges, opportunities, and space to grow into a teaching career that continues long after the practicum ends, writes Amy Baeder.


The Benefits of Asking "How Can I Improve This Lesson?"

As a preservice teacher, Alice Kramer used a daily dialogue journal with her mentor teacher. The practicum became a reflective and professional experience that helped Kramer adjust lessons and hone her development in the art of teaching.


Professional Relationships Influence Preservice Teacher Success

A preservice teacher's experience with a mentor teacher can influence a new educator's attitude toward the profession in profound ways—for good or for ill—point out researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada.


Tools for Implementation

Research-Based Best Practices for Preservice Teachers


Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition   Classroom Management That Works
Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition   Classroom Management That Works

Learning How to Ask Questions

Learning How to Ask Questions Knowing how to ask students the right question at the right time is an important skill preservice teachers can learn that will serve them for a lifetime of teaching.

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Tech for Teachers:
Wonderful Word Clouds

Tech for Teachers: Wonderful Word Clouds Tools to create word clouds not only make beautiful images, but they also give students and teachers another way to analyze text and revise writing.


My Back Pages:
Frontiers in Education (1946)

In the post–WWII United States, education experts called for preservice teachers to understand children and their activities in a variety of settings beyond the school walls.


New Voices

Early Teamwork Gave New Teacher a Balanced Perspective

Bryan Schmidt Coplanning and coteaching with his mentor teacher were daily routines for Bryan Schmidt, who was given complete charge of the class on his 15th day as a student teacher. Such collegial support is a necessity, not a luxury, for preservice and new teachers.


"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."

—Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology
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