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05
Jul
09

Should the implementation of School Suspension continue as a punishement for students?

I think that school suspension as a punishment for students is ridiculous. I think that it’s just a way for administrators to get students out of their hair. Administrators think that they are punishing their studetns and teaching them a lesson by giving them a certain amount of days to stay out of school. What they don’t realize is that students don’t care. Some actually look forward to a suspension. To them, it is a mini-vacation. Many of these students are home during the day by themselves because their parents are at work so they can do whatever they want. I think that instead of the administrators giving students a suspension sentence, they should keep them in school and take away extracurricular activities or put them in a class away from all of their peers to teach them a lesson.

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05
Jul
09

Should Teachers be allowed to have a Facebook?

I think that teachers should be allowed to have a facebook. Afterall, facebook was created so that people could stay in touch with friends and family. It is an easier and faster way for people to stay connected. As long as facebook is used in the manner it was created for, I don’t see a problem with it. What people forget is that teachers are human too. They desire that connection with people as much as their students do. If their facebook is appropriate at all times , than I think they should continue on with the use of their pages. So teachers, WRITE ON!!

05
Jul
09

Should the NJASK test be formulated to fit students with special needs?

Students in every public school are required to take the NJASK test. It is a test that is based on average students intelligence, which is exactly why i think that giving the test to studnets with special needs is an injustice to them.  Students who have special needs should have a test that is specially designed for them. It should be a test that is approachable for them as well as challenging enough for them to feel that they can do the material. Giving them a test that is set on a level that even some regular education students have trouble with can be discouraging and disheartening for them and could lead to them giving up. If the desire for education is that no children should be left behind than adapt this test so that we as a society can finally fulfill the meaning of No Child Left Behind.

04
Jul
09

Should students be made to wear uniforms?

Why are students being forced to wear uniforms? Many argue that it will eliminate the students from being competitive with other students who wear name brands. But I think that  students sh0uld have the choice to decide whether or not they want to. I mean after all, they are the ones who will be wearing them.

Here is a video that shows some students opinions on why they think that uniforms are ineffective.

04
Jul
09

Should Metal Detectors and Searches be Implemented in Schools?

I think not. After school shooting tragedies like Columbine and other school incidents, schools have been more aware of the safety of their students. Some school officials have laced their schools with metal detectors  which kids have to walk through every morning and afternoon in hopes that they will be able to catch students who are carrying weapons on them. Some schools also have locker searches at least once a month and some even check the students backpacks and bags before they even hit the classroom. 

 I understand that school is supposed to be safe and that all of these precautions are to ensure that the school environment is a safe place to be, but don’t school officials think that if they treat the students like criminals, they will soon act like it. Why should students have to be subjected to searches and pat-downs before they even get a chance to learn? 

Here is a video, though it’s dated, still proves my point.

02
Jul
09

Should Healthy Vending Machines Replace Junk-filled Vending Machines in Schools?

Obesity in students has become the latest hot school topic on the rise.  Many obese students walk the halls weighing twice their average body weight. These students find it difficult to participate in sports and physical education. Some of the obese students are even plagued with health problems. This is why some school officials believe that the answer to this problem is to replace their old vending machines that are filled with junk food with vending machines that are stocked with healthy snacks.  They feel that by taking away the student’s choice to buy unhealthy foods, the students will automatically begin to make healthy decisions. Though this is a good idea, without educating the students first on how to form healthy eating habits, holes will develop in the plan. Students could begin to bring their own unhealthy snacks to school or trade with other students to still fulfill their craavings.

I believe that the administrators should develop a series of classes dedicated to showing the students how to create  daily healthy nutritional plans which teach them quality over quantity and the importance of exercise. Also, the series should include information on different diseases that accompany obesity and what foods cause these diseases to form. Once the schools arm the students with the knowledge needed to allow them to know why they are choosing the healthy vending machine snacks, the students will begin to make the healthier food choice.

25
Jun
09

What are some ways to motivate students to learn?

the "rewards" of teaching

the "rewards" of teaching

I am currently a junior in college studying Elementary Education. I have been privileged to observe many different classrooms during my semesters and every semester i have found that each teacher that i have carefully observed has implicated their own unique ways to motivate their students with an outward reward(extrinsic motivation) in hopes that their students will develop an inner desire to learn (Intrinsic motivation).

Though i have observed many examples of great rewards, there are 2 examples that i believe stick out the most and will definitely motivate students. The first example was called “postal bear.” This was used in an elementary classroom in which the teacher would have one student each weekend take home the bear and write a letter about  what they did over the weekend. Then the student would bring the bear back to school and the teacher would allow him/her to read their letter and then they would send the letters to the post office. The letters would then be posted in the post office so that the students could see it.

The other great example I observed in a middle school classroom in which the school had come up with a money system for the students. They designed fake money which contained the school mascot in the center. The amounts were 5,10,15,20. Each time the student did their homework or showed good behavior, they were given this fake money with the amount to be determined by their teacher. Then at the end of the year, the “money” that the student earned would go towards their trip.

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