American students are falling behind students in countries who have shorter summers because of year-round education. In a recent study of 34 countries, done by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 15-year-old Americans were positioned 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math (Granderson). American students are falling behind in their studies in comparison to other countries. Higher test scores from year-round schooling will benefit not only the students but the economy. The U.S. could potentially “gain $41 over the lifetime of the generation born in 2010” if in the next 20 years if students improve their score in reading, math, and science by 25 points.
Ayers illustrates, “I believe that culture is the frame through which all of us make sense of the world…” (Ayers 73). My practicum classroom was very diverse with the cultures of the students which added a learning advantage. The students could see and learn about others and got the opportunity to build and learn more about themselves based on the students in their class. At Ellen Hopkins, students can be in a Spanish immersion classroom if they wish, which shows how important culture and other languages are important to those in the entire school. Students had the chance to learn a second language fluently as this created an enriched intellectual opportunity because different cultures are so important in development, by creating knowledge of the world like Ayers describes above.
As a parent, there is a lot to get excited about when considering the profound benefits of second language study for our children. Second language study benefits academic progress in other subjects . Applying current standard practices of foreign language Instruction. Communication, Culture, Connections with other disciplines, Comparisons with students native languages and cultures, and use of the foreign language in Communities outside the classroom reinforces English language course content of other coursework .Learning another language can enhance knowledge of English structure and vocabulary. A study of 13,200 third and fifth graders in Louisiana public schools revealed that, regardless of race, gender, or academic level, children taking foreign language classes did better on the English section of the Louisiana Basic Skills Test than those who did not.Strong evidence shows that time spent on foreign language study strongly reinforces the core subject areas of reading, English language literacy, social studies and math.
By treating the students equally it helps promote the student’s learning ability and the development of respect and acceptance. Multiculturalism in education is empowering our children to be really prepared and to participate in our diverse democracy (Holladay,
I simply want to be a teacher that makes a difference in the school. I want to be a positive influence, not only on my students but on other staff in the school as well. This article explained many great points that those six schools stand by in creating a successful environment for their Hispanic students and I, as a teacher leader, want to take those suggestions and use them and create an environment in my future school that is welcoming and accepting to English language learners. I truly believe that every child has great potential, they just need the proper education to be able to reach out and achieve their goals. As an elementary education major, reading about people who are determined to make a positive change in our schools is restorative to my hope for our students’ futures.
The study examined the achievement gap by measuring student growth and achievement using a continuous, cross-grade measurement scale. Mathematics and reading scores in grades were examined and the following results were reported such that An achievement gap exists between students in low-poverty schools and those in high-poverty schools. Also; In mathematics, students enrolled in high-poverty schools tend to grow less academically during the school year than students enrolled in low-poverty schools. moreover; African-American students grow less academically during the school year then students in other groups. This difference is more noticeable in mathematics than in
Based on their study, boys significantly score better in Mathematics than girls while in science, both gender are approximately equal. But for those students who struggles in studying, there are differences. According to them, 50 percent of boys are more likely to fail in all three areas than girls. 3. Why are women perform better in school than men?
Children try to learn sounds and to read words. So it will help to find words and they will begin to improve their language. To conclude, in my report I would like to say that big book is very effective tool for children in the classroom. It provides an essential link between learning and play which makes them wonderful teaching tool of children in the classroom. Creating big book is a wonderful way to help the children learns to work as part of a group.
Not only does it help for the development of children but it helps children/students be more communicative. Being in the arts not only can help children but also students become more drive. Although, people (parents, and people in the communities) think that the school should focus more on classes that would get you ready for standardized test like reading, math, and science. The arts helps students to be more developed and advanced in schools. Tests have shown an increase of math and test scores with students in the arts.
This will help children to relate and understand better of the new language. For example, teacher builds the concepts of new languages (Mandarin/Malay) based on children’s existing knowledge of the first language (English) in order to teach numbers, colours and animals. Last but not least, language awareness can be fostered by implementing these activities because according to social-cultural theory, language, interaction and culture are interrelated (Laoire 2014). These activities have emphasized the importance of language, interaction and culture. For example, the children get to talk about their own cultures in the activity of music and movement.