Now when I am doing a read aloud or working with a group I love discussing vocabulary and I always think back to that teacher. This was also the first chapter book I read and I recommend it to all children. Then in third grade, my teacher would read to us Junie B. Jones which I fell in love with and could not get enough. My last years of elementary school reading wise involved Dear America books, American Girl books, and Scary Ghost stories books. These were topics and books I chose myself and not for a class.
The period of time that I will be reviewing is coming from Mrs. Porter’s first and second grade ELL classroom. Pseudonyms will be in place for all students and teachers present in this description and story. On this particular day I was to help out at a literacy station. Stations are a regular routine in this classroom for all subjects, and the students really do enjoy this part of the day. It breaks up learning into different activities that are both individual practice and group work.
Most of my field work has been in The Akron Public School District which has allowed me to gain a lot of experience with urban youth students in the Akron area. I have been placed into preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and high school classrooms which has allowed me to be given a wide variety of experiences with teachers and students. During my placement in the preschool classroom, I was able to learn about the importance of including lessons that enrich each area of a child’s development. While working with the Kindergarten students, I was able to observe a classroom that was run based on centers and small group instruction. I enjoyed working with the students in this classroom as many of the centers were game based which established a fun way for the students to learn.
Like most people I too have faced many barriers in education making it hard to grow and learn both in class and in life. Most things you learn are at an early age from your parents and throughout life in school. Many of the information we learn as people come from learning them ourselves.We also change and grow from things we have been through. A lot of times we adapt to our surroundings whether it be a place or the people we’re around learning new things. Much like Annie Dillard in “The Chase” and Malcom X in “A homemade education”, I have learned a lot from being self taught, personal experiences, and my environment.
Literacy; the ability to read and write. Something that the world does daily, but the skills we acquire in order to do this develop over the course of our education. The awareness of sounds in language, variations in print and layout, relationships between words and sounds, vocabulary and spelling are all basic literacy skills that we have acquired in order to read and write. My interest in this topic stemmed from my English lessons, when discussing the novels we were currently studying, I began to question why we read the works we do how they help us progress as literary analysts. *add more here* This topic is essential as literacy is integral to our daily lives and as a student, I find it important to question why the works that we study
Why I Enjoy Writing Since I began writing formally in the first grade, I have had a variety of teachers who have impacted my love or my distaste for writing at any given time. Writing comes naturally to me, and I enjoy it. As a small child, I would spontaneously write little poems and copy stories from books just for fun. Now as a student in a formal academic environment, I still prefer writing on a topic that I am personally invested in, or in which I have a deep knowledge. Throughout grade and middle school and now high school, the diverse selection of teachers that I have written for have each instilled a slightly different view of writing in me.
Throughout this unit, there have been many reasons addressed as to how and why students learn at a different pace according to their personal interests, life experiences, skills and current knowledge. This is the basis of Thompson’s ‘virtual schoolbag’ concept. Although the curriculum is created to teach all students the same lessons inside the classroom, it is imperative that educators understand the diversity of student learning, and how it will progress at different rates, depending on their past experiences in learning, both within and outside of the classroom. This can be involving friends, parents, doctors, shopkeepers –anyone who has been involved in the child’s life in some way. A huge part of understanding the student’s virtual schoolbag,
She has difficulty differentiating lower case letters from capital letters and will often put capital letters in the middle of a word. When Gabby is attempting to write multiple sentences, it is challenging for her to organize her ideas, stay on topic, develop supporting details and transition from one sentence to the next. Due to the many challenges that she has with writing, she requires one on one support to complete writing tasks. FUNCTIONAL 11/17 Gabby does demonstrate functional difficulties within the classroom, but does all right with support. She understands the basic classroom routines and expectations, but struggles greatly with organization and often does not know what materials she needs for each subject.
The ability to speak fluently presupposes not only knowledge of language features, but also the ability to process information and language ‘on the spot. Several issues arise for any teacher trying to incorporate principles of process writing into his or her professional practice. First, teachers need to provide time for writing in the supported learning environment of the classroom. Many students will benefit from structured tasks, which teach them strategies for planning, drafting, and revision. Many teachers would argue that setting aside the time needed for feedback, and for the revision of several drafts, is unrealistic, particularly within the constraints of school systems; and particularly where classes are large.
Most people learn best when they are part of the learning process, have a voice in the discussion and can evaluate and reflect on their own learning. Furthermore, I also found it difficult to prepare and lead a lesson that was appropriate for the age group, yet not too difficult. From all the diverse backgrounds, learning styles and needs in the program, there were many obstacles that I had to overcome to create a lesson that would
Part of my literacy experience was about learning an important lesson in a book and how each page carries a story that’s brought to life. At the time, I didn’t learn about learning critical literacy until I was in my English 91 class. In my English 91 class, I was taught how to use critical thinking in my papers. I imagine how much literacy has been involve in my life from childhood till college. The books I’ve read in my childhood is how I ‘ve taught how to write.