Friday, March 1, 2013 3:51:20 AM
@CrakrJak There are several TED talkâ€™s about computerized learning in the classroom that is currently in the works. About 14 years ago Cisco Networks actually implemented this at the high school level.
You were allowed to login remotely from home and do the coursework or go into class and do the coursework. This is great if you want to move ahead quicker. You could only do the testing in class and you could do it whenever you felt you were ready.
The content was comprised of a combination of reading material, audio, video and some interaction. You could go through the content as fast or as slow as you wanted. If you are a fast learner you could breeze ahead of the class vs being held back at the pace of the class.
Each portion of the course is tracked so the teacher knows exactly how you are progressing through the course. You were never allowed to view anyoneâ€™s score so you never know how anyone did. This created a
Friday, March 1, 2013 3:41:07 AM
@patchouly New teachers have to create their own curriculum for a given subject. Years ago I spoke with a new teacher who began teaching at the elementary level. I learnt that it usually takes 1-2 years before a new teacher has finalized their curriculum. At that point the teacher can breeze through each year with very little effort but in the beginning they are stressed out trying to create their curriculum. If a teacher is lazy they can buy curriculum templates/plans created by other teachers online.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:15:08 PM
One last point. When my oldest son was in 3rd grade, he was nearly reading at a 5th grade level. The result was the teacher didn't challenge him at all, knowing he was easily pass the standardized test. She didn`t challenge him to improve at all, and wouldn`t even suggest books for him to read on his level.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:11:30 PM
Sorry for the wall of text and I definitely am not trying to attack you. I am just unhappy with the current system. One example is the school system is "concerned" over my 2nd graders reading. He is reading over 60 words a minute. The books he's reading include 3 syllable words, some of which are 10+ letters wrong. I think that is pretty good for an 8 year old, but we`ve had multiple meetings discussing his reading problem.
His teacher last year hinted she considered holding him back for his reading, but didn`t because he scored in the top 80-90 national on all the other tested subjects. He`s a smart kid. He just is taking a little longer in 1 subject. That`s why this cookie cutter education system isn`t good.