The purpose of this activity would be to help students become better readers by connecting reading and writing, engaging in critical thinking and learning about how to interpret a text and formulating thoughtful personal responses to what they read, help learn decoding and fluency skills as well as learn new vocabulary words. Finally, the last group of students would be engaged in practicing phonics, which is a way of teaching reading and spelling that stresses symbol-sound relationships. You could see students play phonics games on PBSKids.org, or work on a particular phonics, rhyme and other literacy skill on the website called ReadWriteThink.org. and/or Lexia. Computer-assisted instruction would be an engaging activity, which would benefit and develop students’ reading skills.
Teacher responses play a critical part in this environment by asking questions to stimulate thinking, and children become adept at generating their own questions and seeking answers. Peers also learn to make enabling responses in a literate community. Children need and deserve these responses; as well as, they need to hear the ideas o... ... middle of paper ... ...ncourages children to be able to use their learning skills of various disciplines and put to use these skills acquired. Also, it helps children in solving and resolving age appropriate challenges. In doing this, one hopes to instill confidence and foster the child?s ability to see how all aspects of education build up the learner equipping him/her with the necessary knowledge to more forth in education as well as life.
In order to have successful writing in your classroom, teachers need to model writing for their students (Behymer, 2003). Interactive writing is a great tool for modeling writing. When interactive writing occurs the children are supported during this process and are able to write things that they normally could not write on their own (Behymer, 2003). “Interactive writing provides powerful demonstrations that help young children make progress in their own writing” (McCarrier, Pinnell, &
A complete KWL chart can help students reflect and evaluate their learning experience as well as serve as a useful assessment tool for teachers. This approach emphasizes the student's prior knowledge. The strategy demonstrates the theory of constructivism, because the constructivist pedagogy proposes that new knowledge is constructed from old. It holds the educational belief that as teachers, it's essential that we make connections between what new is being presented with students' prior experiences. K-W-L charts can be used to develop discourse and shared understandings since they record what is know... ... middle of paper ... ...students will also be able to evaluate information in order to determine what is important as well as develop students’ knowledge of textual structures and their general textual intelligence (Huffman).
Reading/Writing learners retain information by reading it first and then rewriting it in a... ... middle of paper ... ...or learning, and the means of connecting course content to students' frames of reference are all factors in creating a positive learning environment. A few simple Classroom Management (See the "Classroom Management" Teaching Tip) strategies can also greatly increase the potential for student learning. Works Cited Cross, K. Patricia. "What Do We Know About Students' Learning and How Do We Know It?" AAHE (American Association for Higher Education) 19 July 1998. http://www.aahe.org/nche/cross_lecture.htm Felder, Richard.
will prompt them to put more effort into research and execution of their topic. Picking a topic that appeals to the masses is great but sometimes students still need a little nudge in the right direction. Good prompting is very important to student success in first year writing classes. Effective prompts give a few ideas as to where to steer a paper by suggesting effect main points voicing exactly what it is the teacher of the cou... ... middle of paper ... ...y practice on their own in class but also to understand the importance of how all these steps work effectively together. Now that we have discussed topics,texts, and in class writings lets wrap it all up.
This approach also makes learning exciting by allowing students an opportunity to connect ideas based on their background knowledge. As teachers we must continue to implement strategies for the purpose of promoting students’ overall comprehension skills. I thought this article was very informational and I took away some very useful teaching tools that will allow me to help my students become better readers understanding what they are reading. In doing this I will be able to teach the different text structures to the students who are at a disadvantage and help them to be able to comprehend by using text structures in expository texts. I also thought it was nice how the article gave the five text structures and three guides as a guide to use with students.
Employing creativity in writing instruction is critical because of the increased emphasis on the development of ideas in standardized testing. Although I was introduced to creative writing in the initial sequence of writing instruction as a student, I was still taught the customary written form of a five paragraph essay; introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion referring back to the introduction. My sixth grade teacher changed my concept and believed purpose for writing, she allowed me to enjoy the methods and processes of writing and the implementation of creativity synonymously. Writing is a form of expression and a representation of self. Students should feel comfortable in a writing environment simply because they are given the opportunity to express themselves without judgment or disappointment.
Another connection is the idea that students can use background knowledge and combine it with what they are learning to gain new knowledge and understanding. The relation that critical literacy and content literacy have to the constructivist method is another theoretical connection. In the constructivist method, the roles of students and teachers change compared to their roles in the traditional method of learning. In the traditional model, the teacher is the expert who gives the students all the ... ... middle of paper ... ...nformation. Critical literacy and content area literacy theoretical connections revolve around the ideas that students must learn to not only comprehend text but also be able to analyze and evaluate it.
Cooperative learning is a strategy I would implement in my own classroom. As stated “ In cooperative learning students work together as partners or in small groups on a clearly defined task, such as helping each other learn, choose and apply comprehension strategies” ( Honig, Diamond & Gutlohn, 2013, pp.614). This can be done in different ways, such as group work or pairing students of lower levels with higher levels. The student who reads at a higher level can give the student who reads at a lower level feedback, which can increase reading comprehension and effective strategy