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Teaching Hyperactive My 6-year old has trouble with words and letters India
Teaching Hyperactive How different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD? Ghana
Philosophies Founders of educational philosophies Tanzania
General Role of knowledge in education management Iran
Teaching Hyperactive Five students are giving problems in class Lebanon
General Happy teachers day India
Bennett Teaching Virtues I enjoyed the article very much USA
Philosophies Why is philosophy in education important? Philippines
Student Survey When was the student survey conducted? Philippines
As a Business Contract not being renewed because of my comments UK

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My 6-year old has trouble with words and letters

Topic: Teaching Hyperactive


February 1, 2011

I am having 6 yrs old kid. I am not sure whether he is suffering from ADHD but the symptons tell me to think that he is hyperactive child. He is very good in speaking, communication (though he cannot pronounce R, not able to pronounce R clearly).
1. He writes b as d or p as q, w as m. Sometimes he got to know he wrote wrong but sometimes he don't understand the difference.
2. Cannot stay still while studing but i noticed while watching cartoon he is sitting still and watching it continuosly. So I feel concentration is not a problem.
3. He simply don't like to read and write. Orally he can answer most of the questions which teacher/mother taught him but he avoid to write.
4. Sometimes very eager to do what he likes but it leads to silly mistakes. e.g. he knows how to subtract and add the numbers but in hurry he wrote addition when subtraction expected.
5. Sometimes shout when things are not going the way he wants.
5. Teacher at school suggest me that he need special attention so I hired one teacher who teach him seperately at home but he simply ignore the teacher and dont follow instructions of the teacher.

I feel really bad when teacher complains but don't know how to handle him. He is very sweet and active in all other things. He likes drawing. He is confident (sometimes over confident). He is having very good qualities like making new friends, speacking with adults, sharing his thoughts. He is very ambitious and he wants to be a army pilot officer .. but how come it is possible without studies :( not sure. I know scolding and bitting him will not going to help him. Please suggest me what I can do for my child. I hope it's not too late to start any treatment or study.

Please reply. Thanks.

Shilpa - India



It sounds like your boy has a form of dyslexia. Some of the symptoms are difficulty learning the alphabet or letters order, difficulty with associating sounds with the letters that represent them and having some behavior problems. It can be very frustrating for him to have these problems.

Most children with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence. Note that there are some well-known and successful people who have had dyslexia when they were children. However, it was a struggle for them to learn and keep up with the others.

You should have a physician check your son for dyslexia. The teacher should know he has the problem, so they can deal with it properly. Extra help and remedial instruction can lead to marked improvement in reading and understanding.

Best wishes on good health and education for your boy.

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How different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD?

Topic: Teaching Hyperactive


January 26, 2011

I have really enjoyed the class. My question is how different is hyperactivity from ADD, ADHD?

Veronica - Ghana



A person can be hyperactive and not be ADD or ADHD. Someone who is hyperactive may be easily excited, full of energy or overly enthusiastic. The problem comes when the person would be too hyperactive, such that you can't pay attention to what others are saying or even keep his mind on something he is doing.

Many young boys are overly active, such that they are always squirming and want to get into mischief. You could call them hyperactive, but they are not ADD or ADHD, unless they become disruptive in social situations.

I hope that gives you better understanding.

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Founders of educational philosophies

Topic: Philosophies


January 16, 2011

Who are the founder of education philosophicies?

Erick - Tanzania



There are a number of founders of the various educational philosophies:

* Plato
* Immanuel Kant

* Aristotle
* John Locke

* John Dewey
* William James

* Jean Piaget

* Maria Montessori

These are just a few of the many philosophies and philosophers.

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Role of knowledge in education management

Topic: General


November 24, 2010

knowledge in education management

leila - Iran



Knowledge of both education methods and management techniques are important in education management. You need to study both areas to become proficient in the field.

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Five students are giving problems in class

Topic: Teaching Hyperactive


October 19, 2010

hi there,
well i am facing a lot of troubles with 5 students in the same class. all the symptoms that you talked about can be describe my students' cases. in our country we can't interfere that much in their home life and with their parents for here the customer is always right. i tried different strategies but they were useless. i have this case that is always distracted either by talking or day dreaming.he never listens to me even if i am talking to him and looking in his eyes. sometimes i have to call on his name several times before he responds...i need ideas for i am in a situation that no one would like to be in.

thank you

nesrin - Lebanon



The reasons for the actions of these 5 students may be medical or emotional conditions, such as being hyperactive or having ADHD. Or it may be some behavior problems that require discipline. Sometimes it could be from a poor family life. It is difficult for a teacher to tell what is the cause of the problem.

However, if they do not behave in class or disrupt the class, or if they do not do well on assignments or tests, you will have to give them poor grades.

Although you cannot interfere in their home life, it is worthwhile to let the parents know that you are concerned about their performance in class. Sometimes parents are not aware that their child is not doing well. At the very least, if it is a medical or emotional problems, you might find it out. Showing your concern to the parents is better than complaining to them, since you both want the best for the child.

If you can, it might be good to check with the teachers who had these students last year to see if they had the same problems. Often other teachers can give you clues on how to deal with such children.

As far as the boy who takes so long to respond goes, it sounds like he has some serious problems. As long as he is not disrupting the class, you may simply have patience with him. But also note that some children like that may seem like they are not listening but then do well in tests.

I hope these ideas help. It is a difficult problem. Best wishes in your class.

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Happy teachers day

Topic: General


September 4, 2010


SOUMYA - India



Thank you. You put a smile on my face.

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I enjoyed the article very much

Topic: Bennett Teaching Virtues


September 2, 2010

I enjoyed the article very much and agree with the message. I was searching for some ideas on discussing and instilling virtues in our children here at Koelsch Elementary School. I will continue to point out examples of good behavior as demonstrated at school.

Thank you

Armida - USA



For more about virtues and character that can be applied to your students, see our section on Character at:

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Why is philosophy in education important?

Topic: Philosophies


July 25, 2010

why is philosophy in education important?

izabelle - Philippines



A philosophy is a belief in the correct way to do things or to solve problems.

The philosophy of education is the study of the purpose, nature and ideal content of education. It also gives ideas on the nature of the knowledge, dealing with authority in school and the relationship between education and society.

There are different beliefs or philosophies how students learn and the best way to teach them.

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When was the student survey conducted?

Topic: Student Survey


July 18, 2010

when (month & year) and where (state/country) was this survey conducted??can i use this survey for my class report??

theresa - Philippines



The way our student survey works is that questions are randomly posted on the "Tricks for Good Grades" page at:

When a student goes to that page to look for lessons on how to get better grades in school, he or she can answer the survey question. There is also a page with all the questions that is available, if the person wants to answer more questions.

A student can answer each question only one time.

This is a continuing survey, started in 2007. Students from all over the world have participated in the survey.

Ron Kurtus is the author of the survey.

You have permission to use the results of this survey in your class report. Best wishes for a successful report.

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Contract not being renewed because of my comments

Topic: As a Business


July 8, 2010

funny … I have just being told that my contract as a holistic teacher will not be renewed due a comment I made that could bring bad publicity to the college I worked for, the coment in question: “education is a bussines”?

Nicole - UK



I am sorry to hear that your contract with the school will not be renewed. Both public and private colleges are keenly aware of their public relations, since it can affect the funding they receive. However, there have been recent cases where top professors have made outlandish or anti-social comments but have not been dismissed because the schools were supposed to be places of free thought and expression. A hidden factor may have been the rank of the professor and backlash if he was dismissed.

In any case, a person should always be careful about expressing views that may be taken the wrong way by the employer. Since what you said "could" bring bad publicity to the school, it might be worth while to talk with the school administration to see what you could do to make amends. Also, you can always claim ignorance of their rules in hope that they may change their mind.

Best wishes in solving this problem.

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