Re: Fw: nclb-learning loss
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- Subject: Re: Fw: nclb-learning loss
- From: Teachernut@aol.com
- Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 13:27:49 EDT
In a message dated 6/23/03 12:49:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> It assumes that relatively little forgetting occurs between September and
> June but a huge amount of forgetting takes place between July and September.
> This seems implausible on the face of it. Moreover, the difficulties of
> measuring such loss are often dismissed butthey are large.
I just have to jump in here with something anecdotal. I teach grades 1-3
which means I have most of the children in my classroom for three years and I
teach by strands. Two years ago my student teacher and I did an in-depth unit on
fractions and decimals. We did lots of hands on activities as well as paper and
pencil. I thought this year, we could just do a little review and go on. Not
only did my students not remember the information we taught the year before
about fractions and decimals, they didn't even remember DOING fractions and
I remember the years when I taught a straight grade I mentally harangued the
teachers who taught the students the years before for not teaching the
children a concept, or strategy, or benchmark they were supposed to know. Last year
was an important lesson to me, that some things just aren't remembered no
matter what, how, or who teaches them.
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