Classroom Reflection

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After reading this week’s article, I began to to reflect on past teaching and what new ideas I have for modifying the curriculum for economically disadvantaged students. As an elementary teacher, I have learned that many young children take on the role of parent at home. Research states, “Children in low-SES homes also tend to live in environments that are overcrowded, with many siblings and many overall needs that must be met by their parents” (Milne and Plourde, 2006, p. 186). This means that parents have less time to spend with their children and older siblings are having to help out more at home. Therefore, more work at home means less time for school work and a need for the modification of the curriculum. I found that I can modify the…show more content…
To begin, I am more aware of the hardships students face on a daily basis, striving to have their basic needs met. Holgersson-Shorter state that children, “can be distracted by many things: hunger, shabby clothing, lack of school supplies or constant anxiety about their family’s security” (2010, p. 49). Therefore, before I begin assessing students on their knowledge, I must become more aware of the basic needs of the student. If a student arrives to class after having a bad morning, I must be flexible and meet with the child one on one to discuss concerns. If possible, I can move the assessment to another day. In addition, I could also shorten the assessment to help relieve stress for the student. In addition, if the student seems out of their normal character, I can provide students with oral administration or simply modifying the assessment to best need the need of the student. I feel that modify assessments is based on each individual student. In the end, my overall goal is to measure students achievement based on the student’s content knowledge in the most effective learning environment

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