Looking back at artifacts from when I was in my K-8 years, I remembered fearlessness, exploration, and a level of confidence that I didn’t know I had at the time. I’d love to share more… A couple of weeks ago, I was looking through file cabinets, as I was searching for a document that was needed for income tax purposes, and I stumbled across a folder that contained my old end of the year testing …Read More
Tag Archives: Middle School
Preparing for College Now: Don’t Wait Until Senior Year
Introduction From the first time I heard of the word “college”, I was always curious about it. I always had the intention of attending college (as I love to learn new things), but there was never a “plan” developed as a family for me to attend. My plan was to go to college at home one year, and then transfer to another school the next. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and that …Read More
Abstract of Dissertation
Much time is spent instilling in young students the importance of reading, and the impact reading has on their being considered “smart.” The activities presented to students in primary (Pre –Kindergarten/Kindergarten) classrooms through third grade are engaging and cooperative, and they provide a sense of accomplishment for students who meet learning goals. However, by third grade, and thereafter, students begin to lose their sense of pride and interest in reading; therefore, their performance in reading (and school in general) begins to plummet and a gap continues to widen between reading interest and achievement going into the middle grades. In the late 1960’s, Jeanne Chall labeled this decline in achievement and reading interest as “the fourth-grade slump”.Read More
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