Reflection Report

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Throughout this program, I have gained content knowledge and skills in the area of reading and literacy. I have also expanded my teaching practices, experiences, and expertise in order to meet the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners in my classroom. I have obtained a lot of knowledge and skills throughout this program. First, I have gained strength in creating literacy instruction and assessments that meet the needs of culturally, linguistically and academically diverse learners. Second, I have gained knowledge and experience of the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Common Core State Standards. Third, I have learned and implemented a variety of research-based instructional strategies to…show more content…
First, my teaching practices have changed in many ways to meet the needs of linguistically, culturally, and academically diverse learners in my classroom. I have incorporated a variety of sheltered instruction observation protocol, code switching, and the push-in model to meet the needs of the linguistically diverse learners in my classroom (Brooks & Karathanos, 2009;Echevarria, Short & Powers, 2008; Maxwell, 2013b). I have also transformed my teaching practice by creating a culturally responsive classroom and practices to meet the needs of the culturally diverse learners in my classroom (Laureate Education, 2014f). Additionally, I have implemented flexible grouping, cluster grouping, different learning styles, differentiation, effective response to intervention, and progress monitoring to meet the needs of the academically diverse learners in my classroom (American Institute for Research, Center on Response to Intervention, n.d.; Brulles & Weinbrenner, 2012; Scholastic, n.d.). Throughout this year, I have been able to build and maintain strong relationships with all my students. I have been able to meet the individual needs of all my students through the variety of research-based instruction strategies, textbooks, articles, journals, knowledge and information gained from this program. My students have made tremendous growth in reading and literacy this year. I have learned a tremendous amount of information from this program that has contributed to the amazing success of my eighteen wonderful first grade

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