This has been cemented into the brains of every school boy and girl from early on and yet still, it has become prevalent to relinquish ones desire to be educated so one may conform to the habits of the culture around them. The corruption of mankind is the concept that being intelligent makes you arrogant and off-putting when in reality, becoming literate and informed can open more doors and present more opportunities than every before! In Gerald Graff’s, “Disliking Books”, Graff describes his academic and intellectual upcoming through his experience from literature in school. Despite his environment and the culture around him, Graff found clarity in class discussion and fascination in literature. Slowly, with the guidance of his father and his personal drive to rise above the conformity around him, Graff was able to overcome the corruption around him and find new meaning in being knowledgeable; proving to the world and himself that with the right mindset and determination, you can rise Per aspera ad astra (from the mud to the
David Sedaris wrote "Me Talk Pretty One Day", to express his experiences in learning French. Not only has he moved to France and enrolled in school there, but he is also older than most of the students in his class. He expresses his trepidation on the first day of class by referencing Pa Kettle backstage after a fashion show; saying "they were all young, attractive and well dressed." (Sedaris 1) He continues to go on throughout his essay expressing the difficulties of learning French, living in France and the obstacles he has to overcome to succeed. Sedaris goal in writing Me Talk Pretty One day is that learning French and living in a foreign country as an older adult is both difficult and rewarding.
The book Full House: An Invitation to Fractions is written by Dayle Ann Dodds and illustrated by Abby Carter. By incorporating this piece of literature, one can creatively introduce second or third grade students to the world of fractions. The illustrations are creative, bright, and enjoyable to look at as the story is being read. The use of rhyme and rhythm makes the book easy to read and fun to listen to. Join Miss Bloom as she runs the Strawberry Inn to learn about fractions as she works to fill up her inn.
Linda Laidlaw and Suzanna So-har Wong wrote an article which addressed the difficulties found on the personal writing assignments. By using interviews and focus-groups date, Linda and Suzanna got to the conclusion that such assignments are challenging for students that come from diverse cultural background, families or life history. Many elementary teachers ask their students to share information about themselves or their lives. By using personal narrative, teachers assign her/his students to do projects such as “write about yourself”, “All about me”, “When I was born”, etc, which have created a problem for those parents and students that do not share the same cultural background or family’s composition. In the article, Suzanna shares a difficult writing experiences that she had to face in one of her graduate courses.
At SSSQ, while Gary reads a book, The Chalenge, he has written to impress his classmates, he says, “Am I scared? No. I am Eager. Eager to begin my life” (150). Gary continues to struggle to find his American identity, so he uses storytelling as a way to fit in with the American kids.
In the current decade, students are often encouraged to comment and criticize one’s work. This process is looked as a way to make students think and apply what they had learnt in classrooms. I agree that it indeed provokes students’ thought process and is effective for them to gain better understanding on a certain topic. However, the expectations of criticizing someone’s work had just been raised to a whole new level as they’re actually encouraged to tear apart someone’s work and always having something to disagree with rather than criticizing constructively. During discussions, teachers are often interested to hear students arguing about their own standpoints rather than the actual takeaways from the paper.
Teachers are constantly attempting to find a way to encourage students to be more involved and interested in the learning concepts they are presenting them with. In Michael J. Romicks’ "Totally Tuned In," he discusses his idea of creating an alternative way of teaching in way of merging English standards and music. In the beginning of his writing, he tells a personal anecdotes of the first time his 8th grade teacher introduced him to the idea of music incorporated in learning. The way he describes the connection is almost as though a light bulb went off in his head, because for the first time he really understood. Romick then goes on to describe how since then, he has grown up to be a high school English teacher, and incorporates music weekly with the
Specifically, he teaches English to High School girls. He goes on to college, and then graduate school, all to make it possible for him to teach English. As he grows and learns as an adult, he actually develops a great appreciation for Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and he deeply wants his students to gain the same understanding of it that he has. He goes full circle in that at his age, rereading the first phase of Tess would be the last thing he would want to do, yet that is exactly what he assigns to his Grade 12 English Class. Empty promises from president after president lead Americans to lose faith in politics.
If I expect both an accurate view of student abilities and a comprehensive running record, it is my duty to practice creating effective questions addressing all levels of comprehension! My final thoughts about children 's reading and learning are about the nuances between students that are so important to note as a teacher. I did a running record for two students and the differences between the students were astounding. One student read without confidence, while the other student, facing a similar situation (uncertainty of words, no previous experience with the book, no knowledge of me) read confidently. I felt obliged to assist the struggling emergent reader, while I felt that the girl, a beginning reader did not need as much assistance from
I believe many students have trouble summarizing a piece of writing because it seems intimidating to summarize a full page into five to seven sentences. I had a lot of trouble summarizing a piece of writing until I learned a few simple steps from my English 095 teacher. It would be amazing to help students learn how to write good summaries and watch their writing improve throughout the year. My favorite thing we did in class is when we were writing narrative essays. I loved learning how to write a narrative and procedural essay.