Journal Entry 5
Today I had my first field placement. I am placed in a 6th grade classroom at a college prep school designed for students with learning differences. The thing that jumped out at me the most at my field placement today was that the “how” of literacy education was really coming through in an obvious way in this classroom. It was obvious to me today that many of the students in this class, because they have learning differences, have been grouped in with students who lack the literacy skills necessary to excel in regular education classrooms. This classroom is unique because it consists of predominantly wealthy white upper middle class students who come from homes that value education. They are also being provided with the support they need to acquire the literacy skills necessary to succeed in higher education. Literacy skills were being explicitly taught in a way that would not be seen in regular education classrooms especially at a 6th grade level.
Here is a short list of some of the teaching techniques that I observed today to help the students learn literacy skills. Many of these are things that I myself do automatically and that many kids learn to do over time on their own.
- Read directions out loud as a class and underline key terms
- Go over vocabulary in advance before reading the chapter, brainstorm synonyms out loud, draw pictures to supplement definitions
- Re-read the chapter that was assigned for homework out loud as a class
- Frequently stop while reading aloud, teacher asks questions and makes connections
- Picture slide show to supplement imagery in the book
- Practice inferring information with certain passages from the book on a worksheet.