I wonder this sometimes. I haven’t been fortunate enough to have easy access to technology in my classrooms as of yet (this year I have a SmartBoard in the room, but no computer so it’s pointless). I do have a personal iPad that I use with students sometimes to do number/letter recognition, or for those students who need practice with writing. I’ve also recently discovered some great patterning apps. However, it is exceptionally difficult to wade through all of the apps in the Apple App Store, especially because there is no way to indicate that you are looking specifically for pre-k apps. Additionally, once you’ve found the apps, there’s no way to know which ones are good until you’ve downloaded them which means that I am unwilling to download paid apps, even though they may be better.
This effects me not only as a Head Start teacher and an advocate for early childhood education, but also because my boyfriend is from Midcoast Maine and these numbers directly reflect what is happening for members of his family.
As much as I dislike delayed air travel, it seems absurd to be mitigating the effects of the sequestration in the case of air traffic controllers but not in the case of Head Start…
This was an incredibly interesting read for me. Over the last two years I have a number of students who have either already been diagnosed, or (in my opinion) should have been diagnosed with ADHD, however this piece directly addressed some of what those students may be dealing with instead.
Parents and teachers are eager for students with attention and behavioral issues to be given the ADHD label, hoping that medication and possibly therapy will help to address behavior and success inside and outside of the classroom. ADHD diagnoses give some of the benefits of LD lables (longer test times, for one) but do not necessarily have the stigma of other LDs. At an older age, students and young adults have a vested interest in being diagnosed because it is “easier” to do well when taking certain ADHD medications. However, what if we all started getting the right amount of sleep? Would so many people still have symptoms of ADHD?
This is a Slideshare presentation on Race to the Top (RTTT) I created for a class I’m taking this semester called “Foundations of American Education”. Each student was assigned a topic to prepare a lesson around at some point during the semester. Because it is an online class and is tied to online discussion that takes place in the class, it was to be shared online and needed to have a variety of multimedia (video, links, etc…) components.
I really enjoyed doing the research for this lesson, and learned a lot about RTTT. Check it out and let me know what you think.