How this class impacted the learning of my students.
Language development is important because it helps the students to make connections with the content and the language.
Students discussed how they got there answer with a partner.
Turn and Talk
I paired students up with kids they do not normally talk to to get them to repeat phrases back to each other.
I put a topic on the board and had them write-about everything they knew about it.
Students traded notes and asked each other questions or filled in things they may have missed.
Students must interact with the material along with the language to help them make connections to learning.
This was useful because the students could manipulate the objects when finding probability.
The students created foldables using key terms and ideas.
The students put what they learned to use by unscrambling vocabulary or card sorts.
Students could only use the approved web sites I posted on Google Classroom for them to use.
Math Scavenger Hunt
Assessing the 4 domains of language
I would read the reflections and summaries. I was looking for vocabulary use and light punctuation.
We numbered the paragraphs in the Scholastic math books and took turns reading.
As I continued to walk around, I was listening for key terms and vocabulary to be said correctly..
I walked around the room to each group so that I could hear what was being said and what the other person was repeating back.
One Strategy from Each Lesson
I put up a vocabulary wall with pictures so the kids could have a visual.
I had the students scan the lesson and predict what they would learn.
We broke down the vocabulary words by pointing out the root word and its meaning.
Using root words
I gave the students sentence starters.
Here are two examples of differentiation based on student needs:
I included more purposeful group work so that I could see how people work together.
I provided cross-curricular content to help make the connection with their learning.
Before I started this class, I had reluctant learners. I did not have much participation. This semester, I was able to see learning happening when I used these strategies. It kept the lessons fresh and hands on. I have defiinately seen and increase in long term retention and recall of facts!
- Colin R. Davis
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