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Write or wrong? Local educators weigh keyboarding, cursive writing

Write or wrong? Local educators weigh keyboarding, cursive writing | Teaching in Washington State | Scoop.it

PENDLETON, Ind. — Before this year, the notes 8-year-old Jaima Link got from her grandmother were undecipherable, written in loopy characters she didn’t recognize — in cursive, that is.

“My mom or sister would have to read it,” said Jaima, a third grader at Pendleton Elementary School Primary. But after learning the basics at the beginning of this year, she reads and writes it with relative ease.

“I like it,” she said. “It’s easy and it looks cool.”

But possible changes to national teaching standards could soon make cursive writing optional, allowing to schools to focus instead on keyboarding and other skills tailored for the digital age.

In South Madison Community Schools, they subscribe to both schools of thought, said Jaima’s teacher, Connie Broughton. She and other school representatives are convinced the loopy writing is still relevant.

“My thought is, if they can’t write it, they can’t read it,” Broughton said, which is a problem if they ever need to decipher a letter, a birthday card or — gasp! — an already cryptic doctor’s note.

“I’d like to think, if we at least give them an introduction, they’ll still be able to read it when they grow up,” said Broughton, who squeezes cursive in wherever she can, highlighting a letter or two when there’s a lull in class work.

Elsewhere in the muraled maze that is Pendleton Primary, kids lean over keyboards in the computer lab, as they do every sixth day as part of their fine arts rotation.

Typing is “a little harder and less fun” than learning cursive, Jaima said. Like many of her classmates, she uses the “hunt-and-peck” method, searching for and poking individual letter keys when she copies lines onto a glowing computer screen.

“The kids are on a computer about every day,” Broughton said. “It (technology) is incorporated into teaching — more of an introduction to keyboarding, programs, that sort of thing.”

Via Charles Tiayon
Anna Mancao's insight:

I believe that students should learn how to write in cursive handwriting. Students should be able to type and also write. certain essays that come in high school and college will often be handwritten and students at an early age should be able to take notes that are legible and easy to understand.

Jorge Vicente's curator insight, February 24, 2015 4:39 AM

¿Escribir a mano o no?

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(EN) (PDF) - Family Dictionary of Educational Terms | Office of the Education Ombudsman (Google Drive)

(EN) (PDF) - Family Dictionary of Educational Terms | Office of the Education Ombudsman (Google Drive) | Teaching in Washington State | Scoop.it

"Lists and defines vocabulary and abbreviations used in elementary and secondary public schools in the state of Washington.

The Office of the Education Ombudsman believes that good communication between families and educators is one of the keys of student academic success. The Family Dictionary of Education Terms is a tool developed to help families understand school-related terminology so that they can better communicate with school officials and advocate for their children’s education.
This first edition contains terminology most commonly used in Washington schools however it is not inclusive of all terms related to public education. As we identify missing terms and find new terms, we will include them in future editions.
Let’s also keep in mind that school districts sometimes develop local terminology pertaining to their education practices, geographical location, and the culture of their communities. To reduce the chance of miscommunication, whenever you hear education terms that are new to you, ask the person using the term to define it."

Via Stefano KaliFire
Anna Mancao's insight:

In the begining of the article, I agree with having parents and teaching communicating about the individual students. Not only does that keep parents in the loop but it also sets the students up with differents outlets of people that they can talk to about the learning. Parents knowing the different terminology for the school district would benefit their student in being able to help them deal with different adversities that they may come across along their education career.

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Study: State Test Scores Lag at High School Level - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Study: State Test Scores Lag at High School Level - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | Teaching in Washington State | Scoop.it

there is "reason for concern about the achievement of high school students."


A new analysis of state test scores finds that while states made gains in math and English/language arts between 2002 and 2009, such gains were less common at the high school level than they were in 4th and 8th grades.


The study, released today by the Center on Education Policy here in Washington, shows that while 32 states reported gains by 4th graders and 8th graders on reading or English/language arts tests between 2002 and 2009, only 25 reported likewise at the high school level. Thirty-six states reported gains in math for 4th and 8th graders, compared with 27 for high school students.


The CEP finds that states also saw larger increases at the two lower grade levels than they did in high school. Ten states reported increases of 2 percentage points or more in the proportions of students scoring "proficient" in math, and 11 states did so in literacy, compared with 19 states in each subject at the 4th grade level, 21 in literacy in 8th grade, and 24 in math at that level.


Additionally, the gaps between students scoring at the "advanced" and proficient levels widened in high school: One-third of the states reported declines in the proportions of students at the top of the scoring heap.

Via Mel Riddile
Anna Mancao's insight:

First reading this article, I didnt quite understand what it meant. It seemed a bit scattered. By the end however, I understand that it is talking about how they see students tryin gharder in younger grades then when they reach highschool. I think the reason for this is because in elementary school and middle school, students are more willingtin to learn and then when reaching the high school level students become more lazy which has to do with their age and willining to listent to adults talk all day.

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Door 24 - new Math game app for elementary students

Get Door 24 - Math on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Anna Mancao's insight:

Since times are changing and more and more children are introduced to having iphones and ipads I think it is a very good idea to have a math app for elementary kids. Of course nothing beats hands on pencil to paper work but if a teacher assigns homework, they can also assign the students to play the math app for about maybe 10 minutes per night? An app is a fun way for kids to become more assiciated with technology while learning about math at the same time.

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