Did you know that your adorable, bright and curious little 3rd grader is actually a "Screen-ager?" In current brain research that simply means that he or she is a child who was born into the technology age and is now referred to as a "digital native."
People from 25 to 100 are now known as "digital immigrants!" We are entering the cyber world with almost none of the dexterity and fluency of the children raised in a culture of LCD screens, pixels and bandwidths. With the advances in cyber and digital technology, the disparity in the techno skills of 10 year olds versus their 18 year old siblings is easily measured. Your son may look exactly like his 18 year old brother did in 3rd grade but their brains are wired totally differently.
Children born in the last 10 years have been chronically bombarded with digital information on screens of varying sizes from cell phones to digi-games, ipods, ipads and internet access to every bit of minutia in the galaxy! Research into the human brain has recently uncovered amazing discrepancies in the way today's children perceive their world when compared to children born even ten years earlier. On her 21st birthday, your 3rd grade daughter will have sent or received over 250,000 emails and spent over 10,000 hours on a computer of some kind. She will have spent more than 10,000 hours on the phone, 20,000 hours watching TV and will have seen over 500,000 commercials.
Your children will not be linear learners in the tradition of American elementary school kids. They will, depending on the education we offer them, become parallel thinkers and multi-taskers with hyperlink minds both malleable and high functioning.
Screenagers will need to up the ante. These kids will need to be problem solvers, creativity generators and humanitarians. They will need to speak many languages,
know the cultures of many countries and, most importantly,
have an insatiable desire to understand their world.
The first stamp on their passport to tomorrow has got to be
LITERACY! Therefore, I would like to share some of the Language Arts strategies that will help your child succeed as a writer and a reader...Writing-Reading Workshop
San Juan Unified School District
1301 Mc Claren Dr.
Carmichael, CA 95608