ELL Reflective Report

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Throughout the masters program for curriculum and instruction, I was challenged both as a person as well as a teacher. Insight as to how students learned was of special significance due to my son’s accident and brain surgery. Advanced Educational Psychology, provided some much needed help in helping him recover bits and pieces of his memory due to his accident and then his brain surgery. In addition, both of the authors, Ormrod and Cushman, helped me understand the process of memory, reminding me that I needed to make learning and remembering engaging, provide visuals to help him remember and surrounded him with family and friends who loved and cared about him. Levine provided many different strategies for ELL students that were also very beneficial when working with my son. Moreover, I applied the same strategies when teaching in the classroom by building relationships and making sure my students knew that I cared about them both as my student as well as a person, provide visuals, graphic organizers and other strategies, making the task of learning and remembering fun, and having a sense of humor.

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Although I had heard about Gates, Walton, and so on, giving money to education, I didn’t know the complexity of what was behind their generous donations. With the fourteenth amendment protecting a free education, I learned through the reading of Giroux, that large corporations were pressing down hard in attempts to change education through the use of the hidden curriculum and charter schools. I was enlightened to see how the Jim Crow laws that were diminished in the early 1960’s , were attempting a comeback through the hidden curriculum. The term separate but equal has more meaning to me today than ever knowing that the people with money and power are behind making schools a for profit
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