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Is No REALLY Child Left Behind?


30 Sep

1. What will you do if a student with a disability is in your classroom? How will you meet their specific needs? Who will you consult for assistance?

The first thing that I would do with a student with a disability is talk to them. Assuming that it is the start of a new school year as a teacher you want to make all of your students feel included, welcomed and comfortable in the classroom. I would talk to the student and ask them questions like “what do they enjoy about school? What do they not enjoy about school? What subject or area do they feel like they struggle the most?” I would ask these questions because I want to know what their attitude towards school is because I’m going to take a different approach depending on the student’s attitude. If the student has a positive outlook on learning and they are doing well with the curriculum I would most likely stick to the strategy that they are already using to help with their disability. I would speak with the student, their parents and their previous teacher to find out what that strategy is and what is working for the student and what hasn’t worked in the past. I would continue down that path as long as it was working well for the student. If I have a student with a disability that has no educational plan, has a plan that isn’t working or they have a very negative outlook on learning the first thing I would do would be talking to the student. I would listen to them and try to get some idea of what the issue is. Then I would talk with the student’s past teachers to see if we can find out what isn’t working for the student and try to figure out a new game plan. I would also sit down with the student and their parents together and we would all talk about the issues and try to collectively come up with a plan that helps put the student on the path to success and a plan that also gets them excited about school and learning. I would consult the parents, my principal, any in school specialists and other teachers for assistance first. If I found that I needed more information or assistance I would go into the community and see if there were any learning conferences that I could attend that would further my knowledge about the student’s needs. Also, I would possibly go online. I would do research and even look for support websites that maybe have discussion boards where I could talk to others who are in or have been in similar situations.  I would educate myself to the best of my ability and treat the student and the situation with the respect that they deserve.

 

 

2. As the chapter states, the NCLB Act has principals and teachers strategizing to increase test scores of all students. According to the educational professionals in this video case, why are higher test scores sometimes difficult for students (and teachers) to produce?

First off I think standardized tests are ridiculous. Do I think students and teachers need to be held accountable for the information they are suppose to know, of course. Do I think that one generalized test given once a year is the correct way to determine that, absolutely not.  I’ve been very open about this and I have a feeling my opinion is only going to grow as I become more educated and get more real life in classroom experience. The professionals in the video state a few reasons why it’s hard to produce higher test scores: 1. The tests are made up by people who are outside the day to day activities that go on in individual classrooms. They don’t know what the students are going through on a daily basis. They don’t know what is going on in those kids’ lives that could be affecting their school work and their test scores. 2. Because these people aren’t in the classroom on a daily basis they don’t see the improvement that the students make throughout the year. So depending on when in the year the student is tested could produce different results and yet students are only tested and judged based on one test once a year. 3. These test givers don’t know if a student who tested poorly was just having an off day on the test day. Maybe they didn’t sleep well, maybe they were hungry, maybe there is some type of situation going on in their world that is having a big impact on their lives, these test givers will never know and the student only gets one shot on this test. That’s not fair.

3. Do you think the NCLB Act is an effective and accurate way to measure school and student performance? Use research to explain your answer.

No I do not think the NCLB act is an accurate way to measure school and student performance. I believe that government officials had the best intentions in mind when they drafted NCLB but I don’t think that they came up with the most accurate or correct way to evaluate our students, teachers or schools. “This proposed Act is a good idea; however, it has many loopholes. One problem that many people have noticed that teachers are teaching to the test. The teachers feel like they are skipping over fundamentals in order to prepare students for the test”(Benton, 2006). This is one of the main reasons why I think NCLB isn’t an accurate way to evaluate performance. We shouldn’t be having out students memorize information that is going to be on a test so that the school districts continue to get the funding that they need and so that teachers can keep their jobs. We should be teaching students the information and skills that can help make them better world citizens, successful individuals in society, and teaching them skills and information that they can learn and grow from. Going to school and learning isn’t and shouldn’t be about being able to take and pass and general test! Anyone can memorize the information they need to pass a test but then what? Just because they are able to regurgitate the information for this one giant test that they take once and year and pass it does that mean they really learned anything? Not necessarily and our goal as educators should be to educate not to train our students. Also, as it was said in our video this week there could be many different reasons a student doesn’t do well on a test. Maybe they didn’t sleep well the night before, maybe they are sick, maybe their home life isn’t great or maybe they aren’t very strong test takers! Just because they don’t do well on the test doesn’t mean that they don’t know the information, there are too many factors to take into account that can affect a student’s performance on a test and that is why  students, teachers and schools shouldn’t be judge solely on the test scores they produce. This is just one of multiple issues that I personally have with the NCLB act.

Sources:
1. Benton, L. (2006). Technologies of writing. Retrieved from http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/writling/professional/TechWrite/4-1/benton/index.html

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