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Promoting Literacy In Children

Promoting Literacy In Children

Have you read a good book lately? Not to yourself, but to your students.
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Promoting literacy in children must include reading to them. It is estimated that between 25 to 40 percent of American children have difficulties advancing in their studies because of reading difficulties. They lack the vocabulary, word attack skills, have a reading disability or just plain don’t read fast enough to be able to handle the material they are required to read. If our students are having trouble reading then Sustained Silent Reading isn’t going to cut it anymore. Literacy education must begin with modeling for our students a love of reading. What better way to promote early literacy than sharing a book with them?
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Fight Cyber Bullying: Educating Teachers and Students

Fight Cyber Bullying: Educating Teachers and Students

As the use of technology both in and out of the classroom has increased, so has the students’ ability to bully others electronically. Cyber bullying in schools has become a major concern over the past few years with students, who were perhaps the victims of traditional bullying themselves, reveling in their ability to take revenge from a distance. As cyber bullying is a distinctly different form of bullying, one must look at cyber bullying facts to develop an approach to halt this insidious form of bullying.

 
Classroom Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms

Classroom Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms

How does anxiety exhibit itself in the classroom? Anxiety in children is shown in different ways according to age of the child. In elementary school children social anxiety presents itself as a difficulty or extreme reluctance to: read aloud or answer questions; begin or participate in group discussions; write answers on the blackboard; and perform music or athletics activities. Teenagers symptoms of anxiety include additional things such as: skipping school; drug or alcohol abuse; fear of public speaking; difficulties in dating or employment; and fears of using public restrooms. These symptoms must have been present for at least six months, the children must have demonstrated in the past a capacity for age-appropriate interactions and the anxiety must be present in their interactions with peers as well as adults to be classified as social anxiety.

 
The Inclusive Classroom

The Inclusive Classroom

Meeting the needs of Special Education students is a concern for all schools. While students with special needs used to be relegated to “Special Education Classes”, increasingly many of these students are being place in inclusive classrooms. Though some originally viewed this trend as a way for schools to save money, studies have found that the benefits of inclusive classrooms are wide spread both for the students with special needs and the non-identified students.