Fibkins makes it clear that eliminating your most knowledgeable teachers simply because they cost a district more money must not be a substitute for addressing ineffective teachers regardless of experience levels. Why hasn't this book been published before? The preference for younger, inexperienced, and presumably less costly workers is well known to anyone older than 50 in the United States.
It's a pity, especially in education, for all the reasons William Fibkins describes. His final chapter, suggesting that successful veteran teachers and administrators be enlisted as mentors to the less experienced and struggling, is win-win and ought to be implemented everywhere. Fibkins clearly identifies the pitfalls these practices create for new teachers, students and their parents. His rational premise seems irrefutable in that there remains responsibility for skilled and willing educators to shape entry—level teachers and career changers as well as teach the next generation of school-age children and youth.
Fibkins addresses that topic, also. However, many do; and at one university are welcomed warmly in new capacities as supervisors, professional developers and PDS clinical instructors.
Their skills and talents assist teacher candidates through the awkward and painful transition from student to professional. In addition, the hybrid role they play underlines their experiences, background history and interests as they strengthen bridges between the university and the public schools. At the end of the day, this is the book to read if one recognizes the impact on students, schools, even the community when multiple educators leave at the same time. That seems to be where we are in the 21 st century. Mobley On the whole, the author makes some compelling arguments in this text.
With training any pet, it takes patience. Start with simple commands like calling her to come to her name. Then, you can slowly introduce other commands such as sit, lie down and stay. Again, it's important to use positive reinforcement if you want these actions to continue as she gets older. Kittenhood is a crucial time for socializing your cat. In order for her to grow into a well-balanced adult, she should be played with and comforted frequently and also exposed to as many new sights, sounds, smells, and sensations as possible.
While she's young is the best time to get her used to things such as wearing a collar, riding in a pet carrier, riding in a car, and tolerating grooming tasks like bathing, brushing, nail trimming, and tooth brushing. Keep in mind that she is still a kitten and is experiencing the world for the first time.
There may be times where sights or sounds frighten her.
In these cases, it is important to comfort her and understand when too much stimulation might be enough, and you can take her back to her safe place to rest. As she starts to get used to these things, you can slowly introduce more stimuli. However, you might find yourself surprised — kittens have a curious nature and you might find that they can be fearless and explore more than you'd think.
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete. But having these discussions result in more respect and tolerance will require that all stakeholders show respect and tolerance in their words, actions, and behaviors. And, just to rub a little salt in the wound: the persons who are remotely-operating the avatars are not teachers themselves--they are unemployed actors who have been trained to manipulate the joy sticks and computer simulations that control the avatars' voices and movements. In the schools I worked at in both Boston and NYC the salary range of charter schools matched the local districts for educational levels and experience. And they must be deserved, based on one's record over time.
How else can you explain a small kitten willing to snuggle up next to a large dog? Beyond just socialization, kittens need to be played with to get their exercise. Not only does this help form a bond between the two of you, but it also helps get the blood flowing for her, which is vital to her healthy development. Set aside time each day to play with her, whether it's having her chase a mouse on a string or a light around the room, to ensure she gets her adequate daily exercise. This will also ensure that your kitten is tuckered out before bed time, which leads us to our next kitten topic Kittens sleep a lot at a young age — like between hours a day a lot.
For this reason, it is important that she has a comfortable place to take a nap and sleep at night.
You might be tempted to want to keep her in your bedroom, but unless that's where you want to keep her litter box, it is best to section off somewhere in the house that is just for her. This will allow her to get comfortable in her own space without disturbing your own. It's not uncommon for kittens to wake up in the middle of the night and meow loudly, hoping to get your attention, but unlike babies that cry at night, you should do your best to ignore them.
Slowly, they will learn that nighttime is for sleeping, and you're not going to come to her every cry. It also avoids setting a bad precedent where you have to get up every night. Your kitten should be taken for a health check within a week of having her home. On the first visit your vet should check for parasites, feline leukemia, and other health concerns, and he or she will administer her first round of vaccinations if she hasn't yet had them.
You should also talk to your vet about scheduling booster shots, starting a flea and parasite control regimen, and spaying or neutering at this time. This visit is also a great time to ask your vet any questions you have about your kitten's care and feeding.
Raising a kitten can definitely be a challenge, but if done well the reward is years of love, loyalty and affection, not to mention the satisfaction of watching your cat grow from a tiny fluff ball into a sleek and healthy adult. Now that you know all about kittens and how to raise them, you're well-equipped to provide your new kitten with a warm and welcoming home and a great life. Jean Marie Bauhaus is a pet parent, pet blogger and novelist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she usually writes under the supervision of a lapful of furbabies.
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