One of the best qualities of whole language is that “it recognizes and embraces difference in student’s abilities and i... ... middle of paper ... ...ed, but not along a strict schedule that the school created. As all students learn differently, they will all have their own personal goals. An accomplishment for one student might be completely different from their classmates, but if they reach that goal their still improving. A traditional classroom doesn’t allow for this type of success, because there are only right and wrong answers (The Reading/ Writing Workshop 39). The whole language approach to teaching is an up and coming philosophy, despite it’s been around for years, that many are reluctant to try in their own classrooms.
The article goes on to discuss each point in detail and how important the parents are in their children’s school lives. One point that I had never heard before was the fact that a teacher must trust their students enough to have a better relationship. This development of a trusting relationship by the teacher, the... ... middle of paper ... ...some easier books (English and Spanish) and then some type of review questions or graphic organizers to review the story that was read. I think that with the bucket already planned out, the parents can come in and take the bucket and go into the hall and work. That will relieve me of having to explain to the parent each time what they need to do.
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Before, the teachers and students alike preached the importance of learning, but it was implicitly obvious that the most important concern was grades. At [school' s name] teachers genuinely believe that learning is the most importance objective and deeply encourage us to collaborate with each other and make use of all resources that we may find. In fact, in a certain class this year, my teacher assigned us to prepare every day of the week to discuss a certain book; there were only two requirements in this preparation- we had to maximize our sources, gleaning from everything and everyone in the school, but we were not allowed to actually look at the book. As a result, I know more about that book than any other that I have actually read. It is teaching methods such as this that ensure that we will learn more.
Knowing what is best for her students and being positive about their success is what pushed her on the daily basis to continually use the L2 in her class. This way, she would not get discouraged to the point of using the students’ first language. This is the main difference I noticed in my two cooperating teacher, and I am positive that it affected their use of English in their classrooms. The first cooperating teacher I was assigned to kept on telling me how his students were a hassle that he couldn't manage anymore, and that he felt like giving up. In class, he could use the L1 for approximately half of the lesson, compared to Mrs. Sekeli
Whether a school have more pedagogical or administrative schooling methods is still a push-and-pull debate in today 's time, and has been for centuries. In C&I 204 we learned about the positive and negative sides of both of these methods through reading Dare the School Build a New Social Order by George Counts, and watching a presentation that further showed the two progressives. One point on the pedagogical progressive side that I plan to incorporate into my curriculum as an elementary teacher is that students learn best by following their own interests. Usually in an elementary school, students do not get much of a choice on what classes they take. Throughout their education careers this option starts to become more available.
After twelve years of school, it took me until now to figure out exactly why I had been there all those years. It was not to torture me by making me learn how to spell but to make sure that my classmates and I got the opportunity to make the most of ourselves. Opportunity that would come from learning as much as possible from books and beginning to see that the world focuses on more than just history and English . I owe my success in life and school to teachers who taught me to spell and to be respectful and responsible. Those quick to argue with me say that school's usefulness is shallow: deeper-real-life experiences truly educate a person.
I was having a conversation with a Language Arts teacher and she was telling me how the district exam was being scored ad how there was mistakes in the answer key. We both expressed concern for the level of communication at the district level. That there was not essential function of district personnel responsibility and this posses confusion of who is in charge. I felt this conversation was productive because the outcome was for us to meet again and see if we can propose a change to our principal and district curriculum person. At my school parents are very involved and volunteer at the school and as an ESE teacher I speak with them often.