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EDU 453 Blog Post #6

http://ocfbi.msstate.edu/ceu/pdf/BestPracticeContentRecommendations.pdf

This article contains multiple ideas on best practices in English, as well as other content areas.  It also has things to decrease in the classroom, and it is incredibly useful and easy to navigate, I am definitely glad I found it!

Some of the ideas for best practices in English that I have not discovered yet are:

  • Grouping by interests or book choices
  • Silent reading followed by discussion
  • Encouraging invented spelling in student’s early writings
  • Student ownership and responsibility by: ƒ Helping students choose their own topics and goals for improvement ƒ Using brief teacher-student conferences ƒ Teaching students to review their own progress
  • Writing for real audiences, publishing for the class and for wider communities

I especially love the idea of actually publishing student’s writing.  Many times, students ask “what’s the point of this?”, and by making their  work meaningful, students can ensure that their writing is going to be read, and what they are writing about is is for more than just a grade.

The article also suggests decreasing:

  • Teacher talks about writing but never writes or shares own work
  • Teacher control of decision-making by: ƒ Teacher deciding on all writing topics ƒ Suggestions for improvement dictated by teacher ƒ Learning objectives determined by teacher alone ƒ Instruction given as whole-class activity
  • Devaluation of students’ ideas through: ƒ Students viewed as lacking knowledge and language abilities ƒ Sense of class as competing individuals ƒ Work with fellow students viewed as cheating, disruptive
  • Round-robin oral reading

In all of my education classes, the importance of building a positive relationship with students and developing a sense of trust is always emphasized.  By allowing students to read your own work and giving feedback not only establishes trust and openness, but it demonstrates the principle that we shouldn’t expect our students to do anything that we ourselves wouldn’t do.

 

 

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EDU 453 Blog #4

http://www.avatargeneration.com/2013/10/project-based-learning-in-english-language-arts/

“English Language Arts are one of the most creative subjects on the school curriculum that can have a major impact on the minds of young students.”  This quote from the article made me realize how important and how well PBL can be integrated into the classroom.

Instead of reading a book, having discussion, quizzes, and a project, we can, as the article suggests, use PBL and have students create a game, make a video, or use digital technology to create a poster board with visuals.  I really liked this article because it kind of opened my eyes and demonstrated how creative my future classroom can be.

EDU 453 Blog #1

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5-highly-effective-teaching-practices-rebecca-alber

This article, from edutopia, has five incredibly helpful teaching strategies.  I loved the idea of formative assessment, which gives us an idea of what our students are grasping, what they are struggling with, and even evaluate how we teach based on what worked well and what did not.  Formative assessment allows adjustments to be made and everyone, students and teachers, to track progress instead of waiting until the end of a unit to test.

Also, feedback is another strategy that I found incredibly useful.  I think papers should be given feedback in a conference setting.  Too often English teachers write corrections in the margins or draw arrows, but do our students always know what our notes mean? Could we have not processed what our student actually was trying to say?  I also think it is also important, as the article mentions, that we allow our students to give us feedback as well.

 

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