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Showing 3 posts from May 2015.

For Children with Disabilities, Successful Projects Trump Sensitivity Training

For Children with Disabilities, Successful Projects Trump Sensitivity TrainingA recent post in Scientific Blogging reports on soon-to-be-published research into inclusive classrooms for children with disabilities.  Noting the fact that 40 percent of children with disabilities “enter kindergarten without age-appropriate social relationship skills,” the author of the study, Lori Erbrederis Meyer, found that inclusive classrooms with disability awareness curricula did “not equate to increased acceptance, classroom membership or peer relationship.”

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Limits of A Time Out

Limits of A Time OutA new study from California indicates that children under the age of 7 do not understand much about the difference between a few minutes and a few hours.  The researchers found that, even when children use words like “minute” or “hour,” they really don’t know how much time those words measure.  So when you place a child in a corrective time out, he or she may not understand how to predict when it will end, or how it relates to the offense.

The researchers recommend formal instruction in concepts such as how hours are divided into minutes, and how those are divided into seconds.  It also may help if caretakers use a concrete measure that children already know.  For example, instead of just saying “five minutes,” or “until the big hand reaches the three,” it might help to say “until the other children finish their snack” or “until everyone else has picked a toy to play with.”

Mandated Reporter Law Mandates Stupid Reports

Mandated Reporter Law Mandates Stupid ReportsA story that has been getting a lot of notice lately is this one about a police investigation into a classroom kiss between two seven-year-olds. Most commenters are blaming the school system, but Florida’s mandatory reporting laws appear to be the biggest reason for the overreaction.

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