The posters in this collection are the outcome of senior inquiry projects by IWU Educational Studies students. Projects begin with a deep literature review, data collection and analysis, a research paper, and conclude with a presentation at the John Wesley Powell Undergraduate Research Conference. The Educational Studies Department thanks all the supervising teachers at area schools for their support and mentorship of IWU student teachers and their scholarly pursuits.

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Events from 2011

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Incorporating Literacy Strategies into the Freshman Literature and Composition Classroom, Claire Shoup and Jeanne Koehler, Facutly Advisor

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Lesson Study: A Collaborative Process of Improving Instruction and Facilitating Students' Motivation, Danielle Wall; Ben Dombroski; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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The Light Bulb Lab: A Creative Writer's Workshop―Integrating the Fine Arts and Fiction into Second Grade Literacy Curriculum, Ariana Wilkey and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Shying Away from Questioning: Discourse and Participation in Mathematics Classrooms, Sarah Wilson and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Self-Study Inquiry in Individualized Instruction, Genevieve Zachas; Jaclyn Morrison; and Jeanne Koehler, Faculty Advisor

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Promoting Academic and Social Success by Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Kathleen Zeman and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

Events from 2010

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Real Life Connections: Integrating Social Justice into the Elementary Mathematics Classroom, Caitlin Barnes and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Integrating Cooperative Learning in the Classroom, Natalie Boesche; Chelsea Wallis; and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Adolescent Attitudes Toward Literature, Anne Marie Casa and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Effective Methods for Teaching Vocabulary in Geometry, Christy Engel and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Beyond DIBELS: Adding Comprehension Questions to a Fluency Based Reading Test, Cathy Gembara and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Supporting Student's Success in Reading, Emily Haager and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Facilitating Student's Math Understanding through Small Group Work, Ellen Ho and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Responding to the Challenges of Teaching High School Journalism, Emily Houk and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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The Impact of Motivation in the High School Spanish Classroom, Gina Manson and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Methods to Engage Students in Their Mathematical Learning Experience, Mari Mermelstein; Elizabeth Sinclair; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Supporting Native Language Literacy and Culture Among Hispanic High School Students, Kari Monegato and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Role Drills in the Learning of Mathmematical Concepts, Jessica Pang and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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The Impact of Afterschool Programs in Low-Income Communities, Juliana Sainati and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Aiding Students Understanding of History thourgh a Thematic Approach, Brian Schaeffer and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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The Art of Integrating the Arts: An Examination of Integrating the Fine Arts into Reading and Writing Instruction, Christine Szukalla and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Improving Writing Skills of Low-Income High School Students, Andrew Tobin and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Motivating Effective Revision Through Teacher Feedback, Katie Utesch and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

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Effective Questioning Techniques in the Mathematics Classroom, Amy VanDerVoorn and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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The Impacts of Integrated Teaching in the Elementary Classroom, Carrie Williams and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Let's Talk Physics: Utilizing Language to Improve Understanding, Bobby Zoeller and Leah Nillas, Facutly Advisor

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Ways to Integrate Science into the Language Arts Curriculum, Jenny Zyks and Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor

Events from 2007

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Math Matters: Benefits and Strategies for Incorporating Mathematics Into a History Classroom, Alaina Bianchi and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Social Siblings: Birth Order and Social Interactions Among Primary School Students, Christina Broholm, '07 and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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The Second Step Program: Are Kindergarteners Climbing Towards Social Success?, Megan Byrne, '07; Stevie Miller; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Beyond Bilingual: Identifying Effective Methods For Teaching French as a Third Language, Sarah J. Collins, '07 and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Chronological Versus Thematic: A Methodological Battle in the American History Classroom, Melissa Koeppen, '07; Alison Mayer, '07; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Complacent Boys and Lagging Scores: Exploring Possible Connections, Katie Korder and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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To Read or Not To Read: Should the Classics Be Replaced?, Lauren Little, '07 and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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What Keeps Us In the Classroom? Motivations of Effective Teachers, Karrin Musich, '07; Sarah Wirth, '07; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

Events from 2006

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Responsibilities and Academic Achievement, Melissa M. Balek and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Keeping the Fire Alive: Causes and Means of Prevention for Teacher Burnout, Stephanie Hajdu; Stephanie Olsen; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Are Children Being Left Behind? The Effects of SES and Learning Styles on Academic Achievement, Kristy Lehan; Megan Teschner; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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"What's My Motivation?" Understanding Motivation of High School Actors, Adam Miller and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Don't Fail Me Because I'm Different: Cultural Bias in the SATs, Khalilah Muhammad and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Ready or Not: Are Teachers and Students Prepared to Embrace Writing in Mathematics?, Katie Navin; Katie Wesolik; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

Events from 2005

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Music Integration to Enhance Students' Learning, Jordan Burton; Diana P. Jirschele; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Teaching Styles: Which One Will You Choose?, Patrick Fischer; Hannah Meharry; and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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What About Me? An LD Student in a Mainstream Classroom, Jennifer Freeman and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Books Come in All Colors: Multicultural Education in the English Classroom, Bridget Haddad-Null and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Take a Seat! Effectiveness of Elementary Classroom Seating Arrangements, Lauren Macey and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Managing the Unmanageable Classroom, Becca Marsh and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Classroom Calculator Use: How Does It All Add Up?, Eric Sala and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Math, Methods, and Multiple Intelligences, Patricia Setchell and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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A Voice Unheard: Studying the Selectively Mute, Katrina Tammen and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor

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Female Gravitation Toward Physics, Darcy Thompson and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor