Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Got a hot topic?

Do you have a question about the enrollment process? A school? Language immersion? You can email your questions and topic suggestions to thesfkfiles@gmail.com and we'll start a new thread and readers can jump into the discussion in the comments.

4 comments:

  1. Hot Topic: Homework in Middle School?

    I'm trying to figure out what's the norm for homework (both content and extent) in middle school. I have a student who is doing classroom math and 1/2 hour of homework that she learned in the 4th grade while her counterparts at another middle school are spending 2 hours on exponents. I know its just the start of the year and there's probably some initial assessment and review going on, but at what point do i get concerned that my child is not being challenged? One note: my child's school does not have a separate class for gated kids. Perhaps this is the distinction?

    Hot Topic: Gate Vs No Gate Track in Middle School

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Kate - I posted the following questions in the middle of another thread, but it would be really nice if they had their own thread.

    "Which public elementary schools do a good job teaching science? And does anyone have any first-hand knowledge re: Spring Valley (supposedly a "Science Magnet" school)?"

    Three people mentioned Grattan as having a good science program. It would be great to hear about other schools as well. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  3. The new enrollment process. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Which schools are really *great* at differentiated instruction?

    Our kindergartener is already reading chapter books, but has to do the same worksheets and homework as his classmates. No differentiation evident *yet.* Maybe things will get better?

    Students aren't identified for GATE until the end of 3rd grade, but from what I hear, most schools don't do much for GATE students anyway...

    Are there exceptions in SFUSD elementary schools? I've heard complaints about lack of differentiation (especially w/regards to gifted kids) from parents with kids at what are considered the "best" schools: Clarendon, Rooftop, Argonne, Lilienthal, Grattan. The gifted kids have to do the same worksheets as the other kids, even if they are already reading chapter books or doing multiplication and division in kinder or first.

    ReplyDelete