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American Educator
Winter 1998


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Teaching Is a Cultural Activity (PDF)
By James W. Stigler and James Hiebert

Stigler and Hiebert argue that cultural "scripts" have an enormous influence on what happens in the classroom. And, they say, we ignore these scripts at our peril.

Includes The TIMSS Videotape Study, where the authors describe a videotape study of eighth-grade math classes in the U.S., Germany, and Japan and the surprising differences in how lessons were organized and what teachers expected of their students.

A Lesson Is Like a Swiftly Flowing River (PDF)
How Research Lessons Improve Japanese Education
By Catherine C. Lewis and Ineko Tsuchida

A look inside Japanese schools reveals a powerful tool for identifying good practice and building on it.

Professional Development Is the Job
By Anthony Alvarado

Enough of one-shot workshops and inspirational lectures! The former superintendent of New York City's District 2 makes the case for professional development that involves daily and detailed attention to the way teachers teach and students learn.

The Nashville Lunch-Counter Sit-Ins
By John Lewis

The Georgia Congressman remembers a snowy February morning, nearly 40 years ago, when he and some other college students walked out of Nashville's First Baptist Church and into history.

Beyond Assumptions

Another report on school safety and discipline? Yes, but this one goes beyond assumptions to offer evidence about what disciplinary policies work—and what ones do not.

Room to Learn
By Greg Michie

A young teacher reflects on the difference between stepping aside and losing control.

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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