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May 2016

EDU 453 Blog Post #10

http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/technology/blendedlearning/

This article is a summary of what blended learning is, several resources, and statistics.  Blended learning, or a flipped classroom, requires that students learn the material outside of class and do homework into the classroom.  Students will watch lectures at their own pace, with the ability to watch it as many times as they wish.  In one statistic, before flipping the classroom 50% of students failed English, 44% failed math, and there were 736  cases of discipline issues.  After flipping the classroom, 19% failed English, 13% failed math, and there were 249 cases of discipline issues.

I think that  this is an awesome practice for students with issues coming to school, like those with children or have to have a job.  This provides students to learn on their own pace and use valuable class time to apply the knowledge and receive help.  However, I don’t think that I would use it all the time.  It would be useful to have students learn a new or difficult concept on their own.  Coincidentally, this same concept is applied to many English classes.  We as students to read material on their own, then discuss it as a class.

 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/blended-learning-example-classroom-lesson-bob-lenz

This article provides an example of blended learning in the English classroom.  His students have dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and he relies on technology to assist his students.  It is an excellent article that uses blended learning and he sees it as essential for his student’s learning.

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EDU 453 Blog Post #9

http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/free-resources/literacy/social-studies-in-literacy-routines

This article demonstrates the multiple ways that social studies can be integrated into the English/Language Arts classroom.  Unfortunately, many schools are cutting their social studies curriculum, especially since it is not on standardized tests. However, there are many ways to supplement and relate to social studies.  For instance, using nonfiction material for reading out loud, and having discussions predicting the outcomes.  Also, writing about historical figures and events will cause students to strengthen their writing skills as well as learn more about important people in history.  Students presenting their research projects will teach the class multiple historical figures. Students could also be assigned a persuasive or opinionated essay about a historical event.

There were also several other ways to quickly integrate history into the curriculum, like “this day in history” openers, reading something for current events and responding as a bell ringer, and having timelines in the classrooms.

I believe that it is important to integrate other subjects together, because not only do students learn by repetition, students can see how what they are learning in one class can carry over and apply in other areas.  For instance, while students are learning about the Holocaust in their history class, reading The Diary of Anne Frank or The Boy Who Dared can provide an emotional connection and provide a visual representation of what life was like during that time period.

EDU 453 Blog Post #8

Best Practices

 

This article is from an independent school district in Texas, and I agree with their best practices for their English/Language Arts department.  They have best practices for reading as well as writing.  A few of the practices they mention increasing are:

  • teacher reading aloud
  • students selecting their own reading materials
  • silent reading followed by discussion instead of “round robin” reading
  • social, collaborative activities with much discussion and interaction instead of solitary seat work

There has been several articles written on the benefits of students being read to, despite their age.  By allowing students to pick their own material to read, there is a higher chance of students becoming engaged and interested in the material instead of being “forced” to read something.  “Round robin” reading or calling on students to read aloud may cause anxiety in some students because of embarrassment or it would call attention to a lower reading level, and providing a safe and comfortable environment is essential for learning.

A few of the writing strategies they have selected are

  • helping students choose their own topics and goals for improvement instead of only teacher assigned topics
  • using brief teacher-student conferences
  • teaching students to review their own progress

I love the idea of having conferences to explain corrections and assist with revisions.  Not only does it allow the student to clearly understand their errors, it builds a relationship with verbal assistance instead of ominous red corrections on their paper. These best practices are only a few of the list that this school has provided, but so many of them are useful and should be implemented in more classrooms.

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