Teaching has certainly changed over the 20-plus years I have been in education. I have seen the “whole language” vs. phonics based learning approach; survived the NHEAPs, the NECAPS and am about to experience Smarter Balanced. I have seen technology change, the internet happen and the use of personal devices in the classroom. I am now knee deep in Common Core. I have been teaching long enough to see the proverbial pendulum swung in each direction several times.
As a practicing occupational therapist of 30 years, I have seen the number of referrals for O.T. in the public schools increase, especially in the area of written expression. Thirty years ago only the most severely handicapped children were serviced by O.T. Now O.T. services are provided to a much wider developmental range, and especially to children struggling with written expression. What has changed?