CD 356 Reflection 1

In our class group discussion we talked about the Waldorf model of education. We all agreed it is a beautiful model with amazing ideas about the way children learn. A group member called it a Utopia of education which I thought was awesome because that is how I feel about the model. It is a beautiful aspiration. However we all discussed some issues individuals can encounter with this model such as, the student not liking their main teacher, trouble adjusting to other schools that the student can potentially transfer to and overall a possible issue with connections to modern, mainstream, technological society. After discussing some issues individuals might have with this model I realized why some school choose to be Waldorf inspired. Being trained to a specific model and having a precise way of doing things can take away some flexibility the teacher has to assist the student in learning. Some day I hope to incorporate some ideas from this model into my classroom.

Evaluating ELLs for Special Needs a Challenge: Kathryn, Fabiola, Megan, Jazmin, Johanna -Class Discussion on 2/16/15

Education Week: Evaluating ELLs for Special Needs a Challenge
August 29, 2012  by Lesli A. Maxwell, Nirvi Shah

This article discusses the difficulty of disentangling disabilities and language problems. This has spurred a new federal study that will explore how districts identify English-learners for special education.


Discussion Questions:

Why do you feel some teachers assume ELLs require special education vs needing more assistant in language acquisition?

What can we do as educators to properly evaluate ELLs for special needs?

What can we do in the classroom in the meantime?

What can we do in the classroom in the meantime? (Children can take a verbal test in their first language, and evaluations based on their first language and other non


Hi there,

I am Kathryn Reymann. I grew up in Los Angeles county. I began my college career at Citrus Community College in Fall 2008. There I discovered my passion for learning about human development and became interested in early childhood education. A child development professor at Citrus stated in class “If you want to pursue a BA in child development, Humboldt State has the best program in California.” After this I was inspired and began working toward transferring to HSU. Before applying to universities I traveled north to visit HSU campus. Immediately I fell in love with everything about the campus, people, towns and overall the lost coast. HSU was the only university I applied to. So eternally grateful I was accepted. In June 2012 I earned my associate in arts degree in social and behavioral sciences from Citrus College. At the end of the month my fiance and I packed up and moved north. Best decision of our lives. In order to make money and gain experience I began to work at HSU Children’s Center in August 2012. In Fall 2013 I was promoted to associate teacher. I have loved every moment working with my students, their families and my colleagues. Through the great and worst moments I have learned many new skills. This experience will help me immensely throughout my career. When I first began at HSU I was convinced that I wanted to be a preschool teacher for the rest of my life. After working in a preschool for two years and having more education in the field of child development I realize there are many more career options for individuals with this degree. My new interest are early interventionist, child advocate, or preschool owner and director. I will graduate in May 2015. Then a whole new and exciting chapter in my life begins.