Teaching Young Children the 3Rs Could be Damaging: Psychologist

April 24, 2014

 

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Teaching young children the 3Rs may not be the only skills a teacher or parent should be imparting to their young students, but it is hardly damaging. A considerate, patient and skilled person can teach all kind of skills without causing the distress alarmist psychologists make us believe occurs:

 

Cambridge University lecturer David Whitebread said it was important for parents to play with their children, as these youngsters were more likely to enjoy solving problems, and better equipped to cope with failure.

Former primary school teacher Mr Whitebread also claimed the government was overly concerned with getting children to learn the 3Rs at an ever decreasing age, and said younger children were better off learning to cook alongside their parents.

Mr Whitebread, a developmental cognitive psychologist, said that although learning to read was an important skill, teaching reading, writing and arithmatic to toddlers was a waste of government money and the child’s time.

Mr Whitebread said that learning to read at to young an age could even be damaging for a child.

‘Instead the parent can share something they love, such as making cakes, or tinkering with engines, the key is partly sharing the enthusiasm but mainly the conversations you have with the child while doing it.’

 

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The Difficult Challenge that is Starting Your Teaching Career

April 23, 2014

 

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I never expected to find it so hard to get my first teaching job and then when I finally achieved it, the challenge was to prove I was worthy of getting a second contract. I can certainly relate to the following account:

Harry Knock’s first term teaching Indonesian and English at Eltham High School might have been his last.

He was hired this year on a single-term contract, replacing another teacher on leave. But fortunately he gained another short-term position so he will remain at Eltham at least for 2014. ”I’d like to have an ongoing job but this is pretty good,” he said.

He is among a group of graduate teachers The Age is following this year, all of whom just completed their first term. Mr Knock said he just focused on doing a good job rather than dwelling on its short-term nature.

So far his experience has shattered the myth that good teachers can start at 9am and leave work behind six hours later. He regularly stayed late and worked weekends.

”I guess I expected it to be fast-paced but I didn’t expect to be exhausted every week.”

Eltham principal Vincent Sicari was still sufficiently impressed when Mr Knock sat the interview for his job. ”To his credit he really outshone the other applicants,” Mr Sicari said. ”He’s a first-year teacher so he obviously still needs some support to establish himself in the profession but he’s a very committed young man.”

About 45 per cent of graduate teachers start on short-term contracts, according to the Australian Education Union.

The union’s state president, Meredith Peace, said short-term work placed considerable strain on graduate teachers. ”When you’re trying to attract people into the profession, security of employment is very important,” she said. ”I think it’s very distracting, particularly towards the end of the school year. Contracts tend to be for 12 months.” These teachers started their careers at a contentious time. The federal government launched a review of teacher training and Education Minister Christopher Pyne has promised to lift the ”quality, professionalism and status” of teaching.

Bronwyn Aitken said her university training was good. But her first term teaching home economics and health at Gladstone Park Secondary College revealed the limitations of a degree, despite the work experience placements.

”You’re in someone else’s classroom when you’re in training,” she said. ”You can’t establish the relationships you need … until you’re on your own.”

At The Lakes South Morang P-9 School Naomi Harris had her own grade 6 classes but also worked in teams with other teachers.

She previously completed a placement at the school but found teaching was a ”big learning curve”. She has also learnt some teachers have a special ”presence” in the classroom that comes with years spent on the job.

Tom Davis, 22, said the support of experienced colleagues and his degree would guide him through his first year at Montmorency South Primary School.

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Some Schools Just Don’t Get it When it Comes to Bullying

April 20, 2014

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When I see a school disseminate the message that bullying should be left unreported, I feel sorry for people like my friend, Mike Feurstein, who has invested so much of his professional life to inspire kids to do the complete opposite.

 

A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

Some parents of the fifth-graders at Zeman Elementary in Lincoln complained and posted angry comments on Facebook, the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1j6Abov ) reported Thursday.

Zeman principal Donna Williams apologized directly to the families on Wednesday for the wording of the flier, and the district posted the apology on its Facebook page.

“The flier was sent home with good intentions,” said Williams. “Unfortunately it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.”

District student services director Russ Uhing said the LPS philosophy is: Ask the bully to stop. Walk away. If the bullying continues, tell a parent or teacher.

On the contrary, the flier advises that students should not tell on bullies because the No. 1 reason “bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.

“Telling makes the bully want to retaliate,” it says. “Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?”

 

I will gladly combat Zeman Elementary’s pathetic advice with two example that will achieve a much better outcome:

 

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Brilliant New Advertisement on Schoolyard Bullying

April 17, 2014

 

 

 

An absolute masterpiece!

 

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I Wish All Principals Could Be Like This

April 16, 2014

 

 

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This story gives me so much pleasure:

 

Many adults would have dismissed a Grade 3 girl’s desperation over losing her tooth in the school playground. But her principal took it seriously, writing a letter to the tooth fairy with the school’s official letterhead.

Avery Patchett’s loose tooth popped out last week while she was in class at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, B.C. Her teacher got her a “tooth chest necklace” to keep it safe so she could take it home, said principal Chris Wejr in an email to The Huffington Post B.C.

But Avery fell during recess and knocked the tooth onto the ground. She and her two friends searched for several minutes but couldn’t find it, leaving Avery very upset that she wouldn’t be able to show it to the tooth fairy, said Wejr.

The principal reassured her that he had a plan, one that he had used for another student who lost a tooth at school. Wejr sent Avery home with the official letter above.

Avery’s mother, Debbie Patchett, told HuffPost B.C. she was deeply touched by the principal’s “kind and compassionate gesture” to turn “what could have been a sad memory into such a wonderful memory for our little girl.”

The tooth fairy left Avery $5.

“What is small to us may be huge to a child so it is important to stay in the moment and give children the care they need,” explained Wejr. “We need to model kindness and show them they matter.”

The tooth fairy letter is being shared on social media, which Wejr says is a useful way for parents and the community to see the positive things that teachers do in schools every day.

 

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When an Apology is Not Nearly Enough

April 13, 2014

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A teacher allegedly threatens to send a Jewish student to ‘one of your gas chambers‘ for skipping the lunch line and the teacher’s punishment is no more than an apology!

 

One of Britain’s top public schools is the subject of scandal Sunday, after it was revealed that a teacher threatened to send a Jewish student to ‘one of your gas chambers’ for skipping the lunch line. 

The student, a seventeen year-old girl at the highly prestigious North London Collegiate School, later received an apology from the teacher in private over the remark, according to the Daily Mail.

The school has refused to identify the offending teacher, however, or what – if any – disciplinary action had been taken over the remark. The girl’s parents urged the headmistress on Saturday night to make a public statement against the anti-Semitic incident. 

“A teacher was passing by and she rushed up to my daughter and said, ‘Don’t do that or I’ll have to send you to the back of the queue or to one of your gas chambers’,” the girl’s father told the Daily Mail.

He added that several students overhead the remarks. “It was very unpleasant, very uncalled-for and very unfortunate. My daughter was shocked and upset. She didn’t say anything to the teacher at the time but all her friends expressed amazement. They kept saying, ‘Did she really say that?’”

Another student has reported the incident to the Community Security Trust, an organization which combats anti-Semitism in Britain. The organization stated that they are working with teachers and parents to resolve the issue.

North London Collegiate School is an exclusive all-girls’ school; according to deputy head Alex Wilson, between 20-25% of students are Jewish. 

The girl’s father noted that anti-Semitism has not been a problem before, nor since in the three months since the incident. 

“The school doesn’t deserve to be in the middle of a race issue. It is normally a model of correctness in these things,” he said. “But there should be an element of visibility so people see the teacher has been disciplined. My wife and  I would also like the school to make a public statement that there has been an incident and [the remark] was totally unacceptable.” 

Meanwhile, the school’s administration has remained ambiguous about what actually happened. 

“North London Collegiate School is proud of its rich, multi-cultural history and celebrates equality and diversity within the school community,” it said in a statement.

“The school was recently made aware of an allegation of an offensive statement made by a member of staff. The school promptly commenced an investigation. Having reached a determination and sought specialist legal advice, appropriate action was taken.” 

 

By letting a teacher go virtually without punishment for a racist remark we are telling impressionable children that this kind of behaviour is a somewhat minor infringement at worst.

 

 

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17 Children’s Books You Still Love as an Adult

April 13, 2014

 

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List courtesy of huffingtonpost.com:

 

1. “The Story of Ferdinand”
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“I think one of the joys of parenthood was re-connecting with books from my youth that I shared with my kids when they were little,” said Hank Zona.

2. “Go, Dog. Go!”
“I still love the dog party in the tree and ‘Do you like my hat?’” said Jim Britt.

3. “The Laura Ingalls Wilder books”
“Have reread them several times…as an adult,” said Ellen Whitford.

4. “The Phantom Tollbooth”
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“The plays on words, the messages about the importance of numbers and words and feelings, the Jules Feiffer drawings… it just gets better with every reading,” said Anne Bagamery.

5. “My Side of the Mountain”
“Read it will all my kids,” said Liz Moore.

6. “Bridge to Terabithia”
“I think some of the upper elementary school/middle school books are more poignant than adult fiction,” said Melissa Wagner-Bigelow.

7. “The Giving Tree”
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“Makes me smile when I see it,” said Sherry Kerrigan.

8. “Katy No-Pocket”
“Such a sweet story,” said Linda Maltz Wolff.

9. “Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls”
“I loved the art in that so much, I recently spent $40 on Amazon for a somewhat ratty paperback copy of it,” said Chris Nesi.

10. “Chronicles of Narnia” series
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“They opened up such a rich life of the imagination,” said Chris Schons.

11. “All-of-a-Kind Family”
“NY In the 19th Century. Family with five sisters, I had only brothers!” said Lisa Endlich Heffernan.

12. “Keeper of the Bees” and “Girl of the Limberlost”
“They’re straightforwardly moral — a throwback to a quaint and simpler time — and all about living in harmony with nature,” said Marcia Lawrence.

13. “Arm in Arm”
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“Circa 1969. My favorite book when I was around 4 or 5. Puts the world in a different perspective with artsy illustrations. I still have it. It’s in the bookshelf in my house,” said Hollie Reddington.

14. “Wylly Folk St. John Mysteries” series
“I was a HUGE fan… my daughter loves them, too,” said Faith Peppers.

15. “Sammy the Seal”
“Cause it was the first book I ever read,” said Robin Hoffman.

16. “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”
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“It totally fueled my imagination and made me dream of sleeping in the museum,” said Lois Alter Mark. “As a child growing up in New York, I used to visit the Met and try to find places where I could stow away and make that happen. To this day, when I visit, it brings back all those memories and transports me right back into the joy I experienced… that’s what a great book can do.”

“I remember growing up in Kansas and thinking how cool would that be to live in the metropolitan museum of art in NYC. well now I live in NYC and can confirm that this is city is like one huge museum and still very cool,” said Mary Lynn Manning.

17. “Chip Hilton Series”
“Those books that I read in the 1950s helped inspire me to become an athlete and writer,” said Mark Stodghill.

 

 

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Student Writes Nasty Letter to Teacher and Teacher Corrects it!

April 10, 2014

 

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Never mess with an English teacher!

 

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7 Ways To Teach Kids Self-Awareness

April 8, 2014

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Courtesy of Sherrie Campbell, PhD:

 

1. Be a good role model.
In order to parent self-awareness, you have to have it yourself. This means that you demonstrate through your own behaviors that you can calm your anxieties and frustrations and not act out in a negative way. If you start to act out, demonstrate that you can call a time-out on yourself and get centered again.

2. Accept and recognize your child’s feelings.
Emotions are emotions. They are temporary energies meant to pass through. If we accept and acknowledge what our children are feeling, the emotions pass through much more quickly and with more understanding. Taking this time to sit with their feelings helps them to not act emotions out in a negative way. Accept the feelings from their viewpoint, and then, if possible, spin them in a positive light.

3. When in doubt, empathize.
Your empathy teaches children their emotional life is not threatening, abnormal or scary. Their emotions are not shameful or defective. They are human and manageable. In this way, you teach your children they are not alone. This helps them see that even the less-than-perfect parts of themselves are acceptable, which helps them to accept themselves and others more wholly.

4. Do not encourage the avoidance of emotions.
Emotions may be uncomfortable, but never minimize them to your children or tell your kids to “move on.” Refrain from telling them what they are feeling is wrong. They may not be ready to move on, and it is important for children to learn to navigate the uncomfortable. This is how they learn and grow. We must teach them that whatever they avoid will return in the form of a similar and harder lesson, so they may as well do their learning now.

5. Encourage communication.
Repressing feelings doesn’t work. Repressed sadness turns into depression; repressed anger turns into rage; repressed envy turns into jealousy; repressed love turns into possession; and repressed fear turns into anxiety/panic. When we reject or ignore our children’s emotions, this causes them to repress, which leads to more severe and chronic emotional problems all throughout life. Let them express freely.

6. Time, attention and listening.
Actively listen to your children. You do not have to agree with what they say or feel, but to argue against it doesn’t allow them to hear or know who they are as unique people. Accept their feelings, repeat them back to them for understanding, and listen. Show that you care and can see their point of view.

7. Teach problem solving.
Most of the time, when children experience that their emotions are understood and accepted, the emotions lose their charge and begin to dissipate. This leaves an opening for problem solving. Sometimes, kids can do this themselves. Ask them how they want or think they should handle the situation which is upsetting them. This helps them to hear themselves out, and to learn to make good decisions from within. Sometimes, they need your help to brainstorm, but resist the urge to handle the problem for them; that gives them the message that you don’t have confidence in their ability to handle the problem on their own.

 

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