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04
Jul
09

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH SKIPPING A GRADE

 Is skipping a grade the best way to encourage a gifted and talented child. Some people say yes it is a good idea to promote them to a higher garde. There main reason isthat it helps  reduce their boredome and lack of challenge they might feel with their regular classes. Yes it is a fact that most gifted kids do not like school that much because they don’t feel chellenged enough. They often feel that the work that they are given is too easy, so they often don’t do the work and, this can lead to many behavioral problems.

      But is the answer to this problem mean skipping a grade. Not necessarily skipping a grade can lead to host of other problems  such as, immaturity, poor social adjustment, and slow physical development. Most kids that are pushed a grade or two ahead of their age mates often immature and have a lot of social problems. They find it very difficult to fit in because they are younger so their mind socially has not caught up with thier mental abilities. Therefore thier is a big hole between being smart and being socially developed. This seems like a small issue but unfortunately this can lead to being bullied and isolated in school, and for a young child this can lead to depression and negative views about school.

      Another issue that  can arise from skipping a grade is a false since of superiorty. some gifted kids are aware of their talent early on so they feel special. However for others they might look at that attitude as being snobbish or concieted, and this may even lead to further bullying and isolation.

      Therfore, the child  feeling should be considered before a parent makes the decision on moving him or her ahead, because when it comes down to it they are th e ones who are going to have to deal with all the negative issues of sipping a grade.

04
Jul
09

Technology, technology every where is it good or bad?

The answer to this question depends on the generation that is being asked. The older generation will definitely tell you, that there is nothing good that can come of this new technology. They often base there argument on the fact that people have become lazy and, technology such as texting, e-mails have made peolpe lack social skills. They also say that most people have forgotten how to simply write, because evrything is short and quick.

      Howerver, the younger folks can not seem to get enough technology. They are often looking for the latest and fastest gadget. I know people that will trade in a perfectly good  phone for a newer model just because it claims to be faster and better. Some young people are so confident with their texting ability that they carry it too far and text while they are driving.  Texting and e-mailing have become a way of life just like the telephone was a major wayof communicating back in the days. Technology is not going any where, it is definitely here to stay. We have no choice than to join in on the great adventure of discovery and knowledge called technology. Here is ashort video that will help explain the impact that technology has on society

 

04
Jul
09

is testing the best method to determine intelligence?

I have often wonderd about this particular question. There are many reasons why giving test is pronbably not the best way to judge a child’s intelligence. Children react differently to testing, some children are very calm and collected and those children often do well on test, while others get very nervouse and extremely agitated and that nervousness will affect the outcome of the test.

      Therefore, does this mean that the children that are calm are more intelligent than the nervouse children. No I don’t think so, it just means that they are better prepared to handle intense situations. Children that get test anxiety are not dumb, they are simply suffering from testing anxiety. This can make them forget the answer to a question that they have studied and know quite well. My son has major test anxiety, every time he has a test I will sit with him the night before and go over similar problems and he would get ninety percent of the questions right. However, when the result of the test would come back he would score seventy percent and, I would wonder why he would score so low when he scored so high at home.  When I asked him he said I don’t know mom, everything just went blank when I saw the test paper. Since then he has gotten a lot better, we both came up with a song to help calm him down before the test. Till this day he has never scored well on the NJASK test, his scores between average to below average. Do I think my son is dumb, no I certainly do not. I see his intelligence in other ways through other things. But as far as the NJASK test is concerned my son is just average. Therefore we have to device other ways to test these kids that have these concerns, we cannot just lable them as average or below average just because they suffer from testing anxiety. Take a moment to look at this video, it shows the anxiety that some high school students have right before they take the SATS. In the video you will meet some students who have taken the test more than one time and some who are not fazed by the test at all.

 

03
Jul
09

How important is cursive in this generation?

       This is a question that perks a lot of interest and generates a lot of opinions, depending on who you ask. Most teachers believe that teaching cursive in schools is still a good idea and should be continued. However, they are very apprehensive about doing so because of the lack of enough time in the normal school day to include cursive as a lesson. Teachers are simply overwhelmed and,  often have their hands full with dealing with other things such as, preparing students for the state test and, teaching students the basic curricullum requirements. So it becomes very difficult for them to adequately fit in a lesson on cursive.

      On the other hand, parents that I have spoken to believe that cursive is a dieing art that should be strongly encouraged in our school system  and, time should be allocated for teaching cursive. They believe that a little time devoted to teaching cursive is better than no time at all. Many supporters of cursive believe that writing in cursive shows a higher level of intelligence and, is required to read most of the important historical text, since  most of them were written in cursive . But I ask do you really need to know how to write cursive to be able to read it, I think that most people can reasonable read cursive without actually having to write it. Cursive writing is definitely a much more beautiful form of penmanship than printing, the way the letters interlock with each other shows a fluidity that you can not achieve in printed words.

      The biggest issue facing any form of writing,  cursive or print is the fact that writing in general is gradually becoming a thing of the past. So the question should really be how can we encourage the younger generation to get back to writing manually?Especially when they have acess to computers. Rarely do you see people writing any moe, people do most of their correspondence on the computer. Therefore, writing it self is in danger and, not necessarily cursive writing but all writing.

03
Jul
09

Are we a society of social network users?

      Yes we are a society of social network users. Majority of us use one form of social netwoking site to communicate with others on a daily basis. According to excerpts from “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy,” by Clive Thompson. He says people use social network sites such as Facebook and Myspace to talk to others about things that are going on in their lives. These things range from silly topics like spilling cofee on your favorite top, or talking about episodes from you favorite shows, to talking about more seriouse issues like meeting the love of your life, the birth of a new baby, or even a death in the family.

      people also use social networking sites to promote their businesses, and meet new people that share similar interest with them.Social network sites are no longer just a phenomenon , it has become a way of life for many peolpe. Nowadays the question is not do you belong to a social network group, people simply ask which socail network do you belong to. When Mark Zuckerman created facebook  three years ago, I am pretty sure he did not imagine that it would be the great communication tool that it has turned out to be. As I mentioned earlier social network sites are now a necessity to keeping in touch with friends and family.Therfore if your are not using one of these social network sites you will definitely be out of the loop , and I see the rise of even more social network sites in the future After all one has to keep up with demand.

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.

02
Jul
09

What Does it Mean? Shift Happens

I wanted to share this video called Shift Happens.  This video explains how technology and how the world we live in affects every one of us as Americans, as teachers, as students.  I really think that this explains why teaching is such a difficult job.  It brings up a great point, we are preparing our students for jobs that don’t even exist with technologies that have not been invented to fix problems that we have not yet seen.  Wow, have you thought about that?  That is why we need to provide our students with  a well-rounded and all-inclusive education.  This is just another reason why teaching to the test is so bad.

Until next time

Shift happens