Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sociocultural Aspects of Schooling for ELs

At the high school I am at they have a program called the Best Buddy program where a mainstream student spends time and helps out a special education student. For my Social Justice & Equity Action Plan I want to bring this same awareness for EL students at the high school by creating a program where an EL student can be paired up with a mainstream student and through this pair up each will learn about themselves and their cultures. The mainstream student will get more of an insight of what an ELD student goes through and ELD students can comfortably socially engage in regular settings. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

EDSS 521 Post 2

Due to the decreased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and a not fully developed prefrontal cortex, adolescent are not able to perceive what other people see making them see life from a different perspective. As a teacher I will design my lesson plans to make sure my students direct their energy into learning the material and not wasting it. I will incorporate more activities in my lessons to keep my students engaged and help them finish developing their decision making processes by using different mental approaches to any situation. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

i+1 Assessment

I believe an effective SDAIE strategy to use in a classroom is the "think, pair, share" strategy. Especially with EDL students in a class, it makes it easier for them to grasp the information. I have seen this method in the many classrooms I have observed and in my own classes as well and I have noticed that when given students the opportunity to discuss content with another student the material is easier to understand.