RE 5040 Fall 2011
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re: high expectations
Mon Dec 5, 2011 10:51

Ruth Ann- My first teaching position was 12 years ago and I worked some with the lowest K, 1, and 2 students. Now that my oldest son is in Kindergarten, I cannot believe the changes in 12 years. Like you said, I remember the kinder teachers being excited when a child could write their name and knew all of their letters. My son has a few children in his class who get moved to first grade for reading instruction, and there are children who don't know their letters and sounds. Every time I go to volunteer, I am astounded at the range of abilities. Kudos to you and Marlee as well as all the other Kindergarten teachers! It has to be one tough job!

  • high expectations - Ruth Ann Timmons, Thu Dec 1 00:19
    Lori you bring up a great point. Kindergarten isn't was it used to be. It is nothing like what I remember- naps on mats, long center time, and learning to color. In fact, it has continued to change... more
    • Re: high expectations - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 19:02
      The expectations have definitely changed! I have been teaching for fifteen years now and I remember when there were a lot more themes and fun to kindergarten. I really don't think all of this is... more
      • Re: high expectations - Ruth Ann Timmons, Fri Dec 9 17:10
        Amen Nakita! Gone are the "theme days" of K or at least the ones we get to choose. Our instruction these days is totally mandated by Imagine It! We still try to make it fun but there is a lot less... more
    • Re: Expectations - Rachel Hicks, Mon Dec 5 17:55
      With the curriculum changing and our expectations increasing, there has to be a way for the parents and daycare's/preschool's to have a clearer picture of what will be expected of the children once... more
      • Re: Expectations - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 15:44
        Rachel, I totally agree. Each year the bar seems to be raised even higher and it doesn't seem fair to the kids or parents. At one point a few years ago, I thought there was a program (or at least a... more
    • re: high expectations - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 5 10:51
      • re: high expectations - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 16:01
        Its true MaryBeth, kindergarten these days seem to have the wider range of ability levels than ever. And with the expectations seeming to change daily, it is a challenge to make sure we are reaching... more
      • Standards - Marlee Wright, Mon Dec 5 11:33
        It can be pretty difficult some days, but that makes those rewarding days even sweeter! I love kindergarten - the children grow so much that year. It does trouble me that we have to move at such a... more
        • response to Marlee on Standards - sarah patten, Tue Dec 6 20:58
          I agree! We do not celebrate the growth of each child! Some children show growth but not at the level required at that grade level. We need to rejoice with each child reaching a milestone even if it... more
          • Re: response to Marlee on Standards - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 09:25
            Sarah- This is so true! I just wish everyone understood this!
          • Re: response to Marlee on Standards - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 21:24
            You are right Sarah. It is important to help each child see their progress/success and celebrate their individual growth instead of always focusing only on the expectation levels set by the state.
          • growth - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:03
            I also agree! I am a huge advocate for celebrating growth at whatever amount it might be at their instructional level. It is hard to get others to follow that celebration as for me in a testing... more
        • Re: Standards - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 6 19:06
          I completely agree Marlee! I am so glad that student's promotion to 4th grade does not depend strictly on passing the EOG's anymore! I have felt for a very long time that we need to judge student... more
    • response to Ruth Ann - Lori Vestal, Sat Dec 3 13:35
      I too think that requiring students to be 5 on or before August 30th helps with the high expectations that the school system imposes on them. We had some babies coming to kindergarten when they did... more
      • Re: response to Ruth Ann - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 16:19
        Lori, you are exactly right. Regardless of their socioeconomic situation, I feel children who attend a pre-k program have an advantage and are more prepared for the challenges of school.
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RE 5040 Fall 2011