Hey VASC Members! It’s Five for Friday!
Jump Start your weekend with these interesting articles, educational links and resources we’ve been “pinning.” Check out these posts concerning counseling games, competency based degrees, joy in schools, child abuse and neglect laws, and a getting kids to move in class. Follow ‘VASC School Counselor’ on Pinterest to get even more great resources!
“While it seemed like today we “only played a game,” the students did learn something. Here’s what they learned: Taking turns, Helping teammates, Being respectful of students with differences, Patience, Not blurting out, and Fair play”
The major argument in favor of competency-based programs is that they will offer nontraditional students a more direct, more affordable path to a degree. This argument is especially made on behalf of older students who can earn college credits based on prior workplace or life experience.
“You can force a child to stay in his or her seat, fill out a worksheet, or practice division. But you can’t force a person to think carefully, enjoy books, digest complex information, or develop a taste for learning. To make that happen, you have to help the child find pleasure in learning—to see school as a source of joy.”
“Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That’s according to a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result. The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.”
“Inviting students to participate physically can feel like inviting classroom chaos, and it’s critical to recognize and respect that when teachers ask students to participate physically, we’re asking them to complete far more complex, demanding work than just sitting and listening.”
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