Summer Series: Student Writing Samples [5th grade]

LogoThis summer we will feature a writing sample from a student in each grade as we all enjoy a beautiful summer in West Michigan! Please join us each week to read these fantastic teacher-submitted examples of excellent writing!

Educational Rise or Fall?
By: Samantha Eriks
[Samantha accepted the challenge in her Spanish Immersion Class to submit a fully translated essay. For the English version, scroll down, or, if you’re as smart as a 5th grader, check out her writing in Spanish!]

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¿Educación, subiendo o bajando?

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

¿Alguna vez has pensado en los leyes de educación? La mayoría de estos leyes no tiene el aporte de los maestros, quienes son las personas que están afectados lo más. Algunas veces, los leyes no están creados en la mejor manera. Los legisladores educativos están aquí para mejorar escuelas pero ¿esto es que está realmente pasando?

¿Alguna vez has pensado en cuánto tiempo tu maestra trabaja para hacer lecciones, enseñar y hacer cosas extras para tu clase? La paga que reciben debe ser elevado. Hoy de partir de ser maestro recibe $40.255 (salario de Jenison de 2010 encontrado por Googling) pero esto puede cambiar depende en la escuela, el tamaño de clase y cuantos años el maestro ha trabajado. Si los creadores de los leyes educativos estuvieron maestros primeros, entenderán todo el trabajo que el maestro hace y que deben recibir más dinero por su trabajo. Tristemente, porque maestros no están pagados correctamente para su trabajo menos personas ven a querer enseñar.

Hay otro ley educacional creado sobre la lectura de tercer grado que sería mejor con la ayuda de maestros. Aquí es una explicación de Jonathan Oostiing’s desde mlive: “La propuesta de lectura de tercer grado, que complementa un empuje literario de Gov. Rick Snyder, prohibía escuelas para promover a niños a cuarto grado si están un grado detrás en lectura. Sería excepciones, y niños que tenían dificultades en la lectura podían tomar otras clases en otros sujetos” (Oostiing).

Piensa en estas leyes y qué efecto van a crear. Por uno, imagina estos niños que tienen un tiempo difícil en la lectura, y cómo este cambio afectaría a ellos socialmente, sería muy difícil estar un grado mas atrás solo porque no podías leer. Esto también va a afectar estrés de intervención. Esto va a causar más presión en grados más bajos para asegurar que todos están en el nivel correcto. Si los creadores de estos leyes fueran maestros, o si tuvieran la ayuda de maestros, tal vez entenderían que están creando con esta ley. No estoy diciendo que este problema no debe estar abordado, pero definitivamente no debe estar abordado en esta manera.

Otra cosa para pensar sobre es que muchos políticos que especializan en la educación no han sido maestros. Si este grupo de personas tenía experiencia de ser maestro sabrían qué escuelas necesitan y que no. Sería muy bueno tener personas que entienden que pasa en un salón de clase, como cuánto esfuerzo maestros ponen o la cantidad de énfasis en resultados de prueba. También sabrían qué leyes deben ser mayor prioridad y que tienen sentido estar pasados. También sabrían que leyes no necesitaremos en escuelas.

Creadores de leyes educativas deben recibir aporte de maestros o deben ser maestros primero. Las leyes de educación no están pensados al mejor posibilidad que podían hacer. También, maestros deben recibir una paga mejor. Escuela es una parte muy importante en una vida de un niño y todos deben recibir la mejor educación que pueden. ¿Qué está pasando con la educación? ¿Está mejorando o las leyes que están creados no realmente están creados a la mejor posibilidad?

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire” – William Butler Yeats

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Samantha Eriks is a rising 6th grader at Bursley Elementary where she is in the Spanish Immersion program. Some of her interests are playing piano, learning new things, reading, playing basketball, singing, writing, and anything to do with technology!  She looks forward to learning new things and spending time with her friends in 6th grade. Her writing sample was chosen by her 5th grade teacher, Rebecca Chicklon, as part of a lesson in persuasive writing.

Educational Rise or Fall?
By: Samantha Eriks

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Have you ever thought about what educational laws are like? Most laws never even have the input of teachers, who are the people that seem to get affected the most. Sometimes the laws are not created in the best way possible because there is not the input of teachers being incorporated. Educational lawmakers are here to help make schools better, but are they?

Have you ever realized how hard your teacher works to make lesson plans, teach, and do extra stuff for your class? Well the pay they get should be raised. Todays starting teacher makes $40,255 (Jenison salaries from 2010 found from Googling) but this can also change depending on what type of school it is, class sizes, and how long the teacher has been teaching. If the law creators were teachers, they would understand all the work teachers put in and that teachers deserve a better pay. Also, this will sadly mean that less people will want to become teachers because of the starting pay.

There is another educational law created about third grade reading that could have been better with teacher input. Here is Jonathan Oosting’s explanation from mlive: “The third-grade reading proposal, which complements a literacy push by Gov. Rick Snyder, would prohibit schools from promoting students to fourth grade if they are at least a full grade-level behind in reading. There would be exemptions, however, and struggling readers could take some fourth grade classes in other subject areas.” Think about this law and all the effects it would create. For one, imagine the kids who struggle in reading, and how being in third grade would also affect them socially, it would be very hard to be held back a grade just because you could not read. This will also affect third grade intervention stress. Causing more pressure in lower grades to make sure everyone is reading at the right level. If the creators of these laws were teachers, or had teacher input, they might actually realize what they are creating with this law. I am not saying that this issue should not be addressed, but it definitely should not be addressed in this way.

Another thing to think about is that most politicians who specialize in education have not been teachers. If this group of people had experience as teachers they would know what schools need and what is not needed. It would be very nice to have people who understand what happens in a classroom, like how much effort teachers put in or the amount of emphasis on test data. They also would know which laws should be at a higher priority and make sense to get passed, and which ones are not needed. Educational lawmakers should get the input of teachers or be teachers first. Educational laws are not always thought through to the full extent they could be. Also, teachers deserve a better pay. School is a very important part of kids’ lives, so everyone should be given the best education possible. What is happening with education? Is it becoming better, or are the laws that are being created not being fully thought through?

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire” – William Butler Yeats

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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