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!!Ask The Teacher!!

Posted by on May. 11, 2011 at 10:36 PM
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This is the new thread for "Ask The Teacher". 

I thought this might be fun or interesting. I am an elementary school teacher certified in K-6th grade. I want to offer to answer any questions you may have ever wanted to ask a teacher. No rules, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is allowed don't be afraid. Ask away....

Educators helping me with this thread are: 

*Staysinvegas

*Maxswolfsuit

* WillRead (Reading Specialist)

Please PM me if your question goes unanswered as sometimes they're accidentally overlooked. Thanks!

Hundreds of questions have already been asked! You can find them on the original thread at this link: http://www.cafemom.com/group/41/forums/read/11473507/Ask_The_Teacher  If you don't find what you're looking for, you can still ask. It's no big deal!



by on May. 11, 2011 at 10:36 PM
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NearSeattleMom
by on May. 12, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Do you really think homework is necessary for elementary school kids?  Convince me it is, because at this point, I don't.

mamacalifornia
by on May. 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Is holding a child back a good thing? We are holding my son back in 1st grade because he is behind but the principal  doesn't agree with the teacher and I.

PoehlerBear1983
by Bronze Member on May. 12, 2011 at 9:03 PM

My son will be starting kindergarten in the fall.....he has been diagnosed with having ADHD and he also has OCD.....He is VERY smart and does take medication for his ADHD but with that said it doesnt control his OCD....should I try and get him into the transitional kindergarten where he would have an aide to help him or do you think he would be better being in a regular classroom.  He is in preschool but his preschool has 4 teachers for 20 kids as opposed to the 1 that will be in kindergarten.  I dont want him to be labeled as a special needs child if he doesnt need it but I am worried that I might be setting him up to fail if I dont....kinda confused.

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM
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Quoting NearSeattleMom:

Do you really think homework is necessary for elementary school kids?  Convince me it is, because at this point, I don't.

 I do for several reasons

1. It's important to reinforce the skills worked on in school. We try to minimize the amount of time students spend doing seat work in the classroom. Assigning homework opens up more time in class for instruction and activities while still making sure students get to practice.

2. It's the bridge from school to home. Homework is the best way for parents to understand the skills being taught in class. It also provides parents with an opportunityto see what students struggle with or excel in.

3. It builds good study habits. Older kids are expected to study and complete major assignments outside of the classroom. The majority of work in college classes is done outside of class. Children who view working at home as part of learning from the start are far more likely to be conscientious about doing school work at home as they get older.

That said, I don't think homework is always used properly. Excessive homework does more harm than good. But properly done, homework is a great thing.

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

 

Quoting mamacalifornia:

Is holding a child back a good thing? We are holding my son back in 1st grade because he is behind but the principal  doesn't agree with the teacher and I.

 That's a question with more than one right answer. It really depends on countless factors.

To be honest, most of the students I've taught who were previously retained still struggle when they get older. In fact, my lowest students are usually ones that repeated K or 1st. I think it's really important to look at why the child is struggling. Unless the reason is due to lack of instruction or maturity, holding the child back does nothing to fix the root of the problem. 

I have seen kids retained and then thrive in the long term. But to me, that's the minority.  

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 13, 2011 at 6:42 PM

 

Quoting PoehlerBear1983:

My son will be starting kindergarten in the fall.....he has been diagnosed with having ADHD and he also has OCD.....He is VERY smart and does take medication for his ADHD but with that said it doesnt control his OCD....should I try and get him into the transitional kindergarten where he would have an aide to help him or do you think he would be better being in a regular classroom.  He is in preschool but his preschool has 4 teachers for 20 kids as opposed to the 1 that will be in kindergarten.  I dont want him to be labeled as a special needs child if he doesnt need it but I am worried that I might be setting him up to fail if I dont....kinda confused.

 Is the transition class a slower pace? Is it all special needs students?

PoehlerBear1983
by Bronze Member on May. 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM


Quoting maxswolfsuit:

 

Quoting PoehlerBear1983:

My son will be starting kindergarten in the fall.....he has been diagnosed with having ADHD and he also has OCD.....He is VERY smart and does take medication for his ADHD but with that said it doesnt control his OCD....should I try and get him into the transitional kindergarten where he would have an aide to help him or do you think he would be better being in a regular classroom.  He is in preschool but his preschool has 4 teachers for 20 kids as opposed to the 1 that will be in kindergarten.  I dont want him to be labeled as a special needs child if he doesnt need it but I am worried that I might be setting him up to fail if I dont....kinda confused.

 Is the transition class a slower pace? Is it all special needs students?

The transition class is full day as opposed to half and there are less kids in it.  I do believe it is all kids who need extra help for various reasons but it normally is for the educational part not the behavioral part that is why I am hesitant to request it because it is slower and i think he will be bored and get into more trouble.  My son had a PAD screening done the week after he turned 4 and he scored in the 97% of all 4 year olds on Concept, Language and Physical.  He is actually teaching the kids in his preschool class their letters and is able to recognizes by sound what letter words start with.  With that said he is VERY controlling this is where his OCD kicks in he has alot of problems if something is not done a certain way or its different from before and he has trouble getting past it.....some examples are they have buckets at school that the kids pour their leftover milk in after lunch the first day he had the blue bucket the second day ssomeone else grabbed it but he thought it should be his.....or a chore was removed from the choice list because no one ever picked it but he noticed it was gone and had to have it....anything that is done differently from how he thinks it should be done and he just cant move on stuff like that.

cjsmom1
by Silver Member on May. 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

What do teachers prefer as their end of the year gift? My sons teacher has done a lot to help her and beyond what many teachers would have. My son is advanced and the principle didn't want to skip him so she gives him extra work, extra homework, finds ways to keep him entertained etc. I really appreciate all she's donw this year and want to get her something that will reflect that.

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

 

Quoting PoehlerBear1983:

 

Quoting maxswolfsuit:

 

Quoting PoehlerBear1983:

My son will be starting kindergarten in the fall.....he has been diagnosed with having ADHD and he also has OCD.....He is VERY smart and does take medication for his ADHD but with that said it doesnt control his OCD....should I try and get him into the transitional kindergarten where he would have an aide to help him or do you think he would be better being in a regular classroom.  He is in preschool but his preschool has 4 teachers for 20 kids as opposed to the 1 that will be in kindergarten.  I dont want him to be labeled as a special needs child if he doesnt need it but I am worried that I might be setting him up to fail if I dont....kinda confused.

 Is the transition class a slower pace? Is it all special needs students?

The transition class is full day as opposed to half and there are less kids in it.  I do believe it is all kids who need extra help for various reasons but it normally is for the educational part not the behavioral part that is why I am hesitant to request it because it is slower and i think he will be bored and get into more trouble.  My son had a PAD screening done the week after he turned 4 and he scored in the 97% of all 4 year olds on Concept, Language and Physical.  He is actually teaching the kids in his preschool class their letters and is able to recognizes by sound what letter words start with.  With that said he is VERY controlling this is where his OCD kicks in he has alot of problems if something is not done a certain way or its different from before and he has trouble getting past it.....some examples are they have buckets at school that the kids pour their leftover milk in after lunch the first day he had the blue bucket the second day ssomeone else grabbed it but he thought it should be his.....or a chore was removed from the choice list because no one ever picked it but he noticed it was gone and had to have it....anything that is done differently from how he thinks it should be done and he just cant move on stuff like that.

 I would ask for a meeting with a guidance counselor, a regular Kindergarten teacher and the one who teaches the transition class.

My guess is that the transition class might not be the best fit for him. If he's OCD dealing with the other kids is going to be a challenge. General ed. kids are pretty good at learning each other's quirks and working together with the right guidance from the teacher.  If he's in the transition class, those kids won't be as able to understand your son's needs and work with him.  Plus, it sounds like hewould  probably be bored.

But he will need extra support in the regular class so you need to make they sure they will accommodate him there. Just lay it all to the school personnel and see what they advise.

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM

 

Quoting cjsmom1:

What do teachers prefer as their end of the year gift? My sons teacher has done a lot to help her and beyond what many teachers would have. My son is advanced and the principle didn't want to skip him so she gives him extra work, extra homework, finds ways to keep him entertained etc. I really appreciate all she's donw this year and want to get her something that will reflect that.

 First of all you need to write her a nice letter letting you know that you realise that she went above and beyond and appreciate it. Then you need to write to the principal letting him know how great she was. That will mean more to her than any gift you could buy.

Gift cards are always super practical. I also love plants and candles. Things that aren't as practical are decorative items for my house. Knick-knack(sp?) type things are given all the time and they don't usually fit in my home or go with the decor.  

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