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Welcome to Elementary School Kids, "Ask the Teacher" post!

Ask anything and we will do our best to give you an honest, informative reply. 


I've been teaching elementary school for 15 years. My master's degree is in reading education and I'm certified in Exceptional Student Education, and ESL. I've taught a variety of grades and more kids than I can count. 

If you'd like to check out the hundreds of questions that have already been asked and answered check the old post here and here

by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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MommyBug1120
by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

How do you handle food allergies in your classroom?

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM


Quoting MommyBug1120:

How do you handle food allergies in your classroom?

I just make sure the child isn't served food with an allergen. 

I've never had a student with an allergy severe enough to warrant banning anything from my classroom. All the parents I've dealt with have sent their children's food in parties or activities. I wouldn't trust the other parents to properly accommodate an allergy. 

tinkerbear02
by on Jan. 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

My 6, almost 7 year old daughter, is reading at a high school level. I am trying to find books that are a challenge for her to read but also on her maturity level. I thought about Harry Potter but I don't want her to start those until she gets a little older and can handle the darker books. Any ideas on what books would be good for her?

amazing102
by on Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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I love using the Caldecott medal winner books  for elementary students. Do you have any favorites?


amazing102
by on Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Hello  what types of books do you have your students read to really negage them and get them excited about reading?

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM


Quoting tinkerbear02:

My 6, almost 7 year old daughter, is reading at a high school level. I am trying to find books that are a challenge for her to read but also on her maturity level. I thought about Harry Potter but I don't want her to start those until she gets a little older and can handle the darker books. Any ideas on what books would be good for her?

I would honestly just let her explore the chapter books at the library and see what interests her. Most higher level books won't be appropriate content wise.

Some of the older classics tend to be tamer than some of what's popular today. Beverly Cleary and the Little House on the Prairie books come to mind. 

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM


Quoting amazing102:

Hello  what types of books do you have your students read to really negage them and get them excited about reading?

That's kind of a trick question because it depends on the individual student. I make sure I have a wide variety of books for kids to choose from in the classroom. I also pay close attention to what they are reading so I can get to know their interests. I make sure to discuss books with them to get a sense of their preferences. 

Read aloud is also a really important component to this. I carefully select engaging real aloud books. Right now I am in the middle of Holes with my fourth graders and they are loving it. 

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jan. 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM


Quoting amazing102:

I love using the Caldecott medal winner books  for elementary students. Do you have any favorites?


Where the Wild Things are is my favorite picture book. (hence the screen name)

I teach fourth grade so my emphasis is more on Newberry winners. 

CplusG
by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I'd like to put my daughter in a Christian private school. I've found one I like...however, the affiliations part of the handbook is stopping me in my tracks.
Here it is:

"Christian Academy" is not accredited through the state of Georgia, neither are the teachers certified with the state. We follow the Georgia state requirements for graduation and we are affiliated with the Georgia Association of Christian Schools (GACS) and the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). To our knowledge, graduates in recent years have not had difficulties with college entrance or in joining our armed forces. We have a curriculum portfolio on file to submit to any institution requiring it for admission of students."

This what my friend, a teacher, said:
"The main things that concerned me were them not being accredited in GA and them not having certified teachers. Some colleges will not accept students if they haven't gone to an accredited school. They said that they don't know of anyone having problems with getting into college, but that might be something you want to check into. I am really concerned about the teachers credentials. If they are not certified teachers, then I would want to know what kind of training they have had to qualify them to teach. I'm not saying you have to be certified to be a great teacher, but at least if they are certified, you know that they have been properly trained."



Thank you!!

maxswolfsuit
by Max on Jan. 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I share your friend's concerns. 

I also find it very alarming that "to their knowledge" no college has had an issue with accepting students from the school. That seems to imply they know this is real possibility. I would be extremely hesitant to enrol my child in a school like that. You don't how many different colleges their students have applied to. Your child could find their dream college and not be able to go because the school is not accredited. 

I don't know much about accreditation in GA. It could be typical for religious schools not to hold accreditation.  If that's the case, I would be less wary. But if other Christian school in the area have certified teachers and accreditation I would be asking lots of questions about why this one doesn't. It doesn't mean it's a bad school, but it would concern me.

I will also add that I have seen many public school teachers move to private school after losing their jobs for poor performance. Teachers have to meet certain standards to keep their certification. For those who can't, private schools are the only option for employment. Because they generally pay so much less than public schools they often have to hire who ever is available. 

That doesn't mean there aren't great private schools with amazing teachers. But private schools have to work hard to ensure they attract the best qualified teachers and some just don't do that. 

Quoting CplusG:

I'd like to put my daughter in a Christian private school. I've found one I like...however, the affiliations part of the handbook is stopping me in my tracks.
Here it is:

"Christian Academy" is not accredited through the state of Georgia, neither are the teachers certified with the state. We follow the Georgia state requirements for graduation and we are affiliated with the Georgia Association of Christian Schools (GACS) and the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). To our knowledge, graduates in recent years have not had difficulties with college entrance or in joining our armed forces. We have a curriculum portfolio on file to submit to any institution requiring it for admission of students."

This what my friend, a teacher, said:
"The main things that concerned me were them not being accredited in GA and them not having certified teachers. Some colleges will not accept students if they haven't gone to an accredited school. They said that they don't know of anyone having problems with getting into college, but that might be something you want to check into. I am really concerned about the teachers credentials. If they are not certified teachers, then I would want to know what kind of training they have had to qualify them to teach. I'm not saying you have to be certified to be a great teacher, but at least if they are certified, you know that they have been properly trained."



Thank you!!


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