About Teacher Cadets

  • This blog was created for a student in a high school who is participating in the Teacher Cadet Program.

    The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage students to consider teaching as a career. A secondary goal is to provide these students insights about teachers and schools so that they will be civic advocates of education.

    This blog was created for the student to share learning, insights, questions, and experiences they gain as they participate in the program. Links to other classroom participants are included.

    The class blog is located at: Teacher Cadets

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Hi Jan,

It is so good that you are studying this topic and learning a lot. I am wondering what you have learned from your study of the benefits and reasons behind “labeling exceptional children.” I would really like to hear what you have found. I think one of the reasons I am so interested is that when I worked with exceptional children who had been labeled “learning disabled”, I wasn’t sure the labeling was really a benefit, at least from my students’ point of view. To them the label was belittling, and meant they would be teased and bullied by classmates. They wanted more than anything to be “normal”. And sometimes their teachers did not hold high expectations for them. A good example would be what happened to Mark. Mark came to my class as a junior from another high school where he had not been allowed to take the state proficiency tests because he was “learning disabled.” He begged me to be allowed to take the tests. I always expected that all my students would!! Mark passed all five parts of the test the first time he took it!!!!! This is one point of view I know. I hope that you will share with me another side in which the labels are a benefit.


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