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Developmental Stages and Milestones of a First Grader
(We hope that this article by the American School Counselor Assoc. will give you some insight about what your child's progress will be during their First Grade Year.)
Is your six-year-old on track? Below are some general development milestones to help you understand your child's progress over the school year. Keep in mind that every child is different and may not fit perfectly into this framework.
Where They Are
The average six-year old is extremely egocentric and wants to be the center of attention. She:
Wants to be the "best" and "first."
Has boundless energy.
May be oppositional, silly, brash, and critical.
Shows a variety of tension-releasing behavior
Is attached to the teacher
Has difficulty being flexible.
Often considers fantasy real.
Where They're Going?
School isn't just about academics. Your child's teachers are also helping him grow socially. At six-years-old, your child is learning to understand himself. You can help by encouraging him as he:
Develops a positive, realistic self-concept.
Learns to respect himself.
Begins to understand his own uniqueness.
Gains awareness of his feelings.
Learns to express feelings.
Learns how to participate in groups.
Begins to learn from his mistakes.
Georgia Performance Standards: A World-Class Curriculum for Our Schools
With the Georgia Performance Standards driving instruction across the state, we will be well on our way to achieving our goal: that Georgia will lead the nation in improving student achievement.
The Georgia Performance Standards document includes four major components:
Content standards state the purpose and direction the content is to take, and are generally followed by elements that identify specific learning goals associated with the standard.
Keyed to the relevant standards, these are suggested tasks that demonstrate to teachers what students should know and be able to do during or by the end of the course. Some tasks can serve as activities that will help students achieve the learning goals of the standard, while others can be used to assess student learning; many serve both purposes.
|SAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK
Examples of successful student work are included to specify what it takes to meet the standard and to enable both teachers and students to see what meeting the standard "looks like." You will notice that the student work is not perfect, and it is not intended to be; it shows the ongoing process of learning, and indicates the meeting of standards.
Teacher commentary is meant to open the pathways of communication between students and the classroom teacher. Showing students why they did or did not meet a standard enables them to take ownership of their own learning.
The new Georgia Performance Standards are meant to raise the level of expectation for ALL students in Georgia.