Even writing the title of this article gave me a moment to pause and think. Do I write the word children first or the word technology first? After a long career in education it’s obvious what my choice would be – always children first.
Bilingual education is grounded in common sense, experience, and research. Common sense says that children will not learn academic subject material if they can't understand the language of instruction. Experience documents that students from minority-language backgrounds historically have higher dropout rates and lower achievement scores.
- It’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Make lists of necessities for children. Whether travelling by air or on the road, be sure to take extra clothing, wet wipes, small juice boxes and snack food. Make sure you have zip-lock bags to pack things into. Some extra bags are always handy too, if you have wet clothes, unfinished food etc. Ask your children for ideas of things they might need.