Kindergarten teachers and administrators at the state’s elementary schools are considering a new program to help students count for their own learning.
The initiative would allow them to use a computer to help count up to four items, such as a pencil or a board.
The measure has not been tested in any of the state�s public schools yet.�It�s just something that we want to take advantage of because it makes a lot of sense for kids to have a tool that is available,� said Sharon Doolittle, a kindergarten teacher at the University of Michigan.�We have to have an incentive to be doing this so we can have a sense of accountability.�The new counting program would be implemented in grades 3 through 6, Doolitt said.
It would cost the state $6 million to create and administer, but that money would come from the state Education Department.
The money would go to state teachers and students.
The program is not expected to replace the current system of counting for all of the activities in kindergarten.
That would require some students to complete a long list of activities and be counted separately for each activity.
The new system would make it easier for parents and students to follow the rules of the game, Dulittle said.
The state has more than 1,000 kindergarten activities and counting for each grade, and some of those activities are often more difficult than others.
The goal is to help parents make sure that the kids get the most out of the preschool experience, she said.�This is really a way for kids and families to know, �� she said, adding that she and her colleagues would like to work with schools to see if they could incorporate the new counting system into the curriculum.
Doolittle is part of a growing trend in education to introduce technology into the classroom.
In the past, the focus has been on technology to help kids read, work and concentrate, but she said it is time to give teachers more tools to help them do their jobs.
A computer is often the first thing a child sees when they come into the preschool, Dolittle said, and it is a critical part of the learning experience.
Kids spend a lot more time on it in kindergarten than they do in any other period of time, she added.�I think we should be teaching our children that you can be smart, you can think, you have skills and you can solve problems,� she added, referring to learning and the importance of technology.
The plan for the new system is a step in the right direction, Doolsittle said in an interview.
Schools could use the technology to count up and count out, which could help teach a more positive message about learning, she noted.
But other schools have voiced concern about the program.�Teachers have said it would take away from the classroom experience,� Doolherty said.
�They have said that it would make the learning process harder and it would disrupt the flow of information that teachers have to teach.�Kindergarden teachers, administrators and students all have a stake in this,� added Stephanie Jernigan, a senior at the College of the Ozarks.�There are some who think this is just another step in a trend toward more electronic devices in classrooms,� Jernigansaid in an email to Next Big News.�But I think it is very important that teachers and kids know that their teachers and peers are using the technology.
We need to be using it in our classrooms and in our schools to give kids the skills they need to succeed.�Read more: http://www.nextbigfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/School-Counting-and-Countdown-andreasury-report.pdf#ixzz1C0Zy4qk3The Associated Press contributed to this report.