It's Elementary


posted on 26th of august, 2008

What’s new for lower and middle school in photos and illustrations this year? Home schooling is an increasingly popular alternative educational solution. Bullying is an urgent issue. Computers are everywhere at all levels even for the very youngest students.
Home schooling is a relatively new aspect of American education. Over 2.2 percent of American children are now educated at home by their parents. In most homes that provide schooling, there is a designated ‘school room’ or area. Photographs to illustrate home schooling should show teaching taking place in a residential environment to ensure that the message of learning at home is obvious. Another way to visually distinguish between students in a traditional environment and those being home http://blog.dreamstime.com/blog_articles2.php?clientid=250246&editid=27185&action=add&clientun=Boughnschooled is to have siblings of varying ages learning in the same room or lessons being conducted on a variety of subjects at the dining room table.

At the other end of the spectrum is the public pre-K movement that puts four year olds into a public school environment. Pre-K programs recommend development of skill sets for these very young students in all academic programs including basic computer skills. This year California will require that algebra be taught in the 8th grade. Some newly built elementary schools have some amazing technological innovations that have even changed the look of the traditional classroom.

There is more emphasis placed on nature study and environmental issues in the curriculum now that the Green Movement has moved into the main stream. The old idea of a nature hike during school hours is back along with a deeper appreciation of children’s natural interest in animals. At the same time, U.S. schools are struggling with revenue cut backs triggered by the recession so that teachers and students in many areas will find that art and music classes may be reduced.

There is increasing controversy in the U.S. about immunization of school children. Some parents are forgoing vaccinating their children in the belief that the vaccinations cause autism. In response many school districts are strengthening vaccination requirements. Parents may need to show proof of vaccination before they can enroll their children in the new school year. This is a controversy that won’t go away soon and images of children getting vaccinations are rare.


Everyone remembers their school bully…the kid that you wished would take a different route home than yours or that you hoped to avoid at recess. In today’s schools, bullying is taken much more seriously than in the past as the harm that the isolation caused by bullying has been revealed to be one of the major causes of school violence.

There is more emphasis placed on nature study and environmental issues in the curriculum now that the Green Movement has moved into the main stream. The old idea of a nature hike during school hours is back along with a deeper appreciation of children’s natural interest in animals. At the same time, U.S. schools are struggling with revenue cut backs triggered by the recession so that teachers and students in many areas will find that art and music classes may be reduced.

Walking home from school in itself has pretty much disappeared from school life unless the student lives next door to the school. Curious, I looked up how far I walked to school…in elementary school it was a mile round trip and from age 12 on, two miles. Today’s American kid mainly walks from the car or bus to the school door but that is about to change. This summer’s gas prices have caused many schools to curtail or cut back totally on school provided bus services and Mom isn’t too happy either about the cost of gas as she drives kids to school.


Some images remain constant best sellers in the educational sector year after year. These are photographs of happy students, eagerly learning and demonstrating curiosity toward the material. Friendly and welcoming teachers also are winners. Pouting or bored looking students illustrate articles about behavior problems in the lower school. Listless or sleepy kids are often an indication of trouble at home or a poor diet.
Shot List
Successful child raising hand in class
Multi-ethnic group of school children all of the same age
Science class with teacher/students and experiments
All academic classes in all age groups.

Some ‘have to have’ subjects for back to school 2008:
Healthy school lunches
Unhappy student
Bullying
Lonely child
Wardrobe tip for middle school girls: skinny jeans
Pre-K (4 year olds using computers)
Science classes in the lower grades
Nature study or science field trip images
Children with camera photographing school events—some schools now have websites for school events even in lower school.

Comments (6)

Comment by Korat_cn on September 08, 2008

Ellen,
schooltime is a very theme. I love it. And this year my child begins to go to school! He's grown so fast...
And I'm always inspirated by cute children! :)

thanks for the article
carla

Comment by Heathse on September 03, 2008

This is a very interesting article! I homeschooled my 4 children until junior school age(here in the UK 8yrs old). When they went to regular school they were ahead in their classes but most importantly we had tought them to enjoy learning. Consequently they all now all happy in their chosen careers. I shall rummage through my files for classroom images.

Comment by DamselStock on September 03, 2008

In most public schools here in Texas the students are required to use clear or mesh back packs. Many schools, including high school and private schools are going to uniforms as well to deter violence and bullying. The backpacks are to prevent concealed weapons.

Also, just recently announced that rural Dallas area schools are permitting teachers with concealed handgun licenses to begin taking guns with them. This is because in rural areas it can take upwards of 40 minutes for police to arrive so in case of another Columbine or Virginia Tech incident the teachers may be able to regain control. This trend will more than likely catch on nationwide if goes successfully.

Just something for the photographers to consider.

Comment by Ellenboughn on September 02, 2008

These are terrific ideas. I'll include them in the blog on high school images in a couple of weeks. Do the clear backpacks also apply to high school in your area/ I assume so. But school uniforms are just for elementary school around here. Same where you are? Thanks!

Comment by DamselStock on September 02, 2008

As a photo buyer and a young woman raising her 6 year old nephew, most of these are ideal. Here are a few more ideas:

Disabled children mainstreamed in regular classrooms

Kids with school uniforms since most schools are going to them

Kids with clear backpacks, where I'm located clear backpacks are mandatory

Minority issues where white students are shown as minority, a common find down here in the south

Comment by Cleaper on August 27, 2008

Really interesting blog Ellen. Some great ideas for shots too.




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