Due to the fact that the curriculum, instruction, assessment, school funding, and desegregation aren’t made for ALL students to succeed we as educators must use what we know about our students, education, and history to inform our teaching. It is important to use the experiences and culture of our students (getting to know them) to make our instruction more relatable. In classrooms students shouldn’t feel like their stories aren’t heard. Educators must construct a positive classroom environment so that students will feel comfortable being themselves and taking risks with their language (ELL) which includes ALL students not just one population. This might mean making changes or adding to the existing curriculum.
Critical Essay 2 Norma Liendo Teaching English as a Second Language Teaching today has become a very interesting job for soon-to-be or current teachers due to the high culture diversity in their classrooms. Teacher not only have to be well prepared to present quality education but also to be able to accommodate for all the students needs regardless of origin, color or race. The important point is not teaching different children but due to their different backgrounds they learn differently; thus, the teachers now need to become aware of the students’ cultures in their classroom as soon as possible. These different learning styles should make the teacher knowledgeable that he/she might have to embark on a journey to explore the students’ cultures and embrace them because at the end of the day he/she has the responsibility to teach all students in the most effective way. To become an effective teaching today
Rules are significant because they help install academic integrity and scholarly values into students. Time spent establishing and reviewing policies for the classroom is not instruction time wasted, being that without the policies implemented the instruction will likely have little value because the students are not being managed properly to instill proper learning. When developing rules, I feel as if it is necessary to include student input. While I think this is only beneficial to an extent and to have the teacher as the executive decision maker, I think it is vital to my classroom management plan. For students to be able to collaborate in the rulemaking process shows that their voices are not only heard but valued in your classroom, which provides them with an enriching environment.
Some might be more acquainted with the use of the auxiliary verbs and the conditional, but will find the verb system and the passive voice more demanding. Surprisingly, weaknesses do not indicate one's incompetence or inability for teaching however, they demonstrate the necessity to be prepared for each class in the future. The lack of knowledge in a specific area does not highlight the evaluation of a good teacher, but confidence, patience, organization, awareness of needs, flexibility and imagination, open mind, encouragement and preparation. In order to be successful, an open mind towards grammar is the first step that all EFL/ESL teachers have to conquer. Encountering the metalanguage of grammar guides the language instructors to: understand sentence structure, understand learning-resources like quizzes, E-books, tools, tests, understand learners needs and grammar deficiencies, understand own insufficiency.
It is important to teach students about the classroom rules, schools rules, daily routines, learn to practice new skills in the classroom and out of the classroom, and now their school schedule and outside of school schedule. You want to be patient with them and be consistent and have a trusting relationship with them because, if they are suffering depression, anger issues, then they think think that the teacher is gonna failed them. It is best to have a teacher tutor them for whatever is their weakness that needs to be worked on for the children. They want to help them as the best that they possibly can to help them pass, but we want them to know that we care about who you are and we just want to help you to learn something before you move on to the next grade and for the future. All children need stability to have
The best way for the teacher to get to know its students is through diaries. Teacher should instruct its students to write their opinion on the course, to comment the teacher and activities done in the classroom, and to write any problems they have while encountering a foreign language. This way, each student will be heard and eventually taken into consideration when the lesions are planned. It is important for the teacher to state that no one will read diaries except him/her and that it is for the educational purposes only. Since all of the activities won’t suit all the learners, the variety is important.
A classroom should be filled with a wide variety of languages, experiences, and cultural diversity. An effective teacher understands the importance of culturally responsive teaching, and recognizes the significance of including students ' cultural references in all aspects of learning. Having an enriching classroom that engages all students does not mean making judgments about a student’s culture based on their skin color, gender, or socioeconomic status, rather it means knowing each student in a way that is individualized. According to the authors of The First Day of School: How to be an Effective Teacher Harry Wong, race, gender, religion, financial statue, and skin color is the least important factor determining a student’s achievement. Moreover, demographics and culture are not an excuse for students’ lack of achievement.
Teachers should give choices to the students. They should be able to decide whether they would prefer to work alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Also, differentiation is key to promoting ideas and thoughts. It is important to make the students ideas public to the classroom for more than one purpose. This is key because when ideas are made known to the classroom, it will spark healthy arguments and communication among peers.
Therefore, teachers must accommodate students who do not necessarily speak the same languages (Moodley, 2013:74 -75). To ensure that student’s education is not compromised, a target language needs to be implemented to ensure that the subject being taught is acknowledged by the learners. However the “language barrier” would also create an opportunity to code-switch, which will benefit learners to a great extent. It will not only eliminate the isolated feelings of students but accommodate their language and cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, a teacher will be able to teach their class to the extent where they will be motivated to learn.
Teachers need to provide students with useful tools that not only will help them at school but also in their daily lives. As Wolfe poses in her book Brain Matters, “[teachers] need to put more emphasis on teaching to both halves of the brain, since they work together all the time. Content is important, but text without context is often meaningless. [They] need to teach content within a context that is meaningful to students, and that connects to their own lives and experiences. This is teaching both halves of the
Herbert believes that it is very important to learn Standard English in comparison to the other variations of English. “You can do without the varieties of English, but you cannot do without learning Standard English” (Sulker). The most important details in one’s life surround Standard English. It is important in School, work and raising children to communicate in Standard English. Though Guyanese Creole and AAVE is not a necessity, Herbert clarifies that it does provide its community with a fulfilling culture that Standard English may lack.
English was not my second language, but I did know what it was like to learn a language and how frustrating it could be. Because of this, I want to be as much help to them as possible. Tenorio says, “It is not the awareness of racial and cultural differences that leads to prejudice and racism, but how people respond to these differences” (p. 26). Every student is different. It is up to me and every other future teacher out there to always be available to their students as well as to be open minded and
It can take two to four years for an ELL to create conversational capability and another three to four years to create scholarly capability (Cummings J. 2000). As a teacher I will help children learn and use aspects of language associated with the academic discourse of the various school subject to ensure that there is time and practice. There is nothing teachers can do to rush English acquisition, but we can find many avenues to provide ways to opportunities to practice English in the classroom. If they are structured to support student-to-student or group interaction, ELLs are required to use English language to explain concepts and contribute to the work.
Trump is against “Common Core”, I believe that if we are going to give all the effort we have to educate ourselves then Common Core shouldn’t be a problem to discuss. According to dictionary.com, “Education is developing the powers of reasoning and judgment.” Either getting a high school education or college education, it will help you make important decisions in the work force. The objective of Common Core was for those students that struggle with a language barrier or need extra help learning new information. Although there are always those students who are smart, but don’t want to endure any effort, then they won’t use all of their