A post shared by Dr. K. Childs (@doctorkchilds) on Nov 19, 2017 at 9:37am PST When I began my Doctoral pursuit in August 2008, my very first semester highlights included balancing teaching full-time and going to school full-time, as well as dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. During Ike, my home suffered minor damages (lost fence, and a large uprooted tree missed my house by inches), and I was without power for twelve days. …Read More
Tag Archives: Texas Southern University
Spring 2017 Semester Reflection
Spring 2017 semester is over, and I just completed my first year as a four-year university professor (as I previously worked at a two-year college). I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in a different area of my education career, and so honored to be able to mentor and guide future teachers.
Content Area Reading Instruction…”Question of the Week”
I am teaching Content Area Reading Instruction, an online Master’s level course this semester (Spring 2017), and to get the conversation started, I have assigned my students the task of responding to a “Question of the Week”. I have always been one to put myself in my students’ shoes. I try not to require them to do any assignment that is not conducive to their learning and application, as well as I should be able …Read More
New Beginnings- Fall 2016 Semester Reflection
It has been a BUSY, and an exciting semester. So much has happened, and I could write about so many things, but I will focus on a few highlights of my time for this Fall 2016 Semester Reflection. It has been full of learning experiences for myself and my students. The Fall 2016 semester has ended, and we survived! Although I am still on the same mission of teaching students, and pushing them to be …Read More
Read for the Record 2016
On Thursday, October 27, 2016 my Texas Southern University College of Education students in my Reading 302 course (Reading Skills Development) visited two of Houston Independent School District’s campuses (Gregg Elementary and Reynolds Elementary). The students took part in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, an effort to raise awareness of early literacy, and it was all in the name of breaking a record to have as many possible participants reading the same book on the …Read More
Should the focus on reading instruction end in the primary grades? Transcending Reading Teaching Methods to the Upper Grades
While working my graduate studies, I was asked to do a comparative research assignment. This is where you take a current issue, or problem in education, and find a study from many years ago which it compares to. My study compared an educational problem in reading in 2010, and then seen what research was available in 1939 in relation to the same issue. It was very interesting to compare research from these two time periods, …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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