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Primary Voices, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1997

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Table of Contents

Issue Theme: Assessment As Inquiry

  • About This Issue

    Abstract: Available in print version only.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Engaged in Learning through the HT Process

    Sally Omalza, Kitty Aihara, and Diane Stephens

    Abstract: Relates how two elementary school teachers were part of a research group that met one day a week at their schools to learn about the "hypothesis-test" process. Discusses the philosophical underpinnings of the approach and describes the four-step recursive process itself, consisting of observations, interpretations, hypothesis, and curricular decisions. Notes that the process helps teachers understand children as learners.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Learning with Jaime

    Dianne Yoshizawa

    Abstract: Illustrates the "hypothesis-test" teaching approach with one kindergarten student. Notes that it was the author's stepping back to watch for multiple interpretations of her observations of Jaime's behavior that gave Jaime space to think, to use his voice to make connections, and to grow.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Driven to Read

    Carrie Kawamoto

    Abstract: Describes how a teacher used the "hypothesis-test" (HT) approach with a first grader for a school year to examine up close the process of a child learning to read. Describes how the teacher saw what was happening as the children read and then brought that to the rest of the class so everyone could learn from each other.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Learning from One-on-One Helps Everyone

    Francine Chu Yamate

    Abstract: Describes how a teacher used the "hypothesis-test" (HT) approach with a second grader. What she learned in the process, and how she changed her instruction, helped the student to improve her skills and enjoy reading and writing.

    Keywords: Writing, Reading, Elementary

  • Learning Begins with Letting Go

    Sandie Kubota

    Abstract: Illustrates how a Title I teacher relinquished control and simply observed a student using the "hypothesis-test" (HT) approach. Describes the changes the approach made to the author's professional and personal life.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • You Can't Begin at the End

    Jocelyn Mokulehua

    Abstract: Describes how a reading teacher used the "hypothesis-test" (HT) approach with an 8-year-old boy. The teacher struggled with converting from making the child fit the solution to making the solution fit the child

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Teachers Have to Be Learners

    Susan Oka-Yamashita

    Abstract: Relates how learning the "hypothesis-test" (HT) approach renewed the author's sense of learning. Learning became meaningful, purposeful, continuous, incidental, collaborative, vicarious, and free of risk.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Finding Students before They Find Me: HT in the Classroom

    Jennifer Story

    Abstract: Describes how a teacher used the "hypothesis-test" approach in elementary and junior high classrooms, teaching alone or team teaching, to be proactive about students needs instead of reactive to their disruptions or silence, to help kids who need it before they cry out, and to introduce them to the sweet taste of success before they encounter failure again.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Devin, Alligators, Jellyfish, and Me

    Elaine Tsuchiyama

    Abstract: Describes how a first-grade teacher used the "hypothesis-test" approach with Devin, a first grader who struggled as a reader and writer. Points out that, when she started working with Devin, she wanted to understand his difficulties, but by the end, she realized that it was her curriculum, not his difficulties, that needed to be in the foreground.

    Keywords: Writing, Reading, Elementary

  • Reflections

    Lynn Yoshizaki

    Abstract: Describes how a Title 1 lead teacher used the "hypothesis-test" approach with Joshua, a fifth-grade student from a "ravaged background" who was about two years behind in academic performance. Shows how, pursuing his inquiry, Joshua eventually became a strategic reader and a confident engaged learner. Notes that Joshua's turning point was also the author's turning point as a teacher.

    Keywords: Reading, Elementary

  • Selected Readings

    Abstract: Available in print version only.

    Keywords: Elementary

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