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    • Cindy Raoul
      Cindy Raoul added a new discussion topic Week 7 Cindy Raoul
      To address the question, What does adolescent literacy mean in the digital age and what, if any, place does it have in our classrooms? I found thatThe article by Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner notes that as more digital tools are...
      • Dira Cumberbatch
        Embracing the digital age can be a useful tool in the classroom. Students of all ages are attached to their technology devices. Different kind of pieces of technology are many kids’ accessories these days. Even adults are guilty of this....
        • Giuseppe Marchica
          Giuseppe Marchica added a new discussion topic Week 6
          The models for writing instruction range between content areas. In English educators are given a double block to focus instruction on composing a student’s writing skill. Their attention focuses on structure, mechanics, tone, genre, etc....
          • Giuseppe Marchica
            Giuseppe Marchica commented on the blog Week 3
            Similar to last year, a couple colleagues of mine sit together every Monday and discuss challenges we face among our student population. Particularly ELL students. Middle school is a lot easier to discuss classes than high school due to organization...
            • Gerald Ardito
              Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Week 3
              Giuseppe, Clearly your experience with ELL students is having an appropriately large effect on your thinking about these topics. This really caught my attention: Unfortunately most articles fail to address the underlying concern of...
              • Giuseppe Marchica
                Giuseppe Marchica published a blog post Week 5
                To guide students reading in the disciplines basically means to assist students’ capability to read and write. Further their prior knowledge and incorporate new techniques in order for them to build and expand their reading ability. However we...
                • Giuseppe Marchica
                  Giuseppe Marchica published a blog post Week 3
                    Disciplinary based literacy is the ability to write accurately, listen and speak effectively, as well as think critically while illustrating performance in various ways for different purposes. Theoretically students that enter middle...
                    • Gerald Ardito
                      Gerald Ardito

                      Giuseppe,

                      Clearly your experience with ELL students is having an appropriately large effect on your thinking about these topics.

                      This really caught my attention:

                      Unfortunately most articles fail to address the underlying concern of culture between students. Despite all the hard work educators put in, the long hours, sleepless nights; designing the best fit curriculum along side practical and effective teaching strategies for all learners is only as successful as the emphasis you put on your student population. We know all students learn differently, but their culture and family values define their learning as well which is why in order to become successful, building a community within the classroom between parents and their child’s school is just as important.

                      I am curious to know how you are addressing these challenges in your classroom.

                      • Giuseppe Marchica
                        Giuseppe Marchica

                        Similar to last year, a couple colleagues of mine sit together every Monday and discuss challenges we face among our student population. Particularly ELL students. Middle school is a lot easier to discuss classes than high school due to organization of students. What I mean is: middle school science teachers teach one entire class per period. We get the same students as another teacher who has that specific class (approximately all 30 of them, give or take). However high school teachers are lucky to have 5-7 students with the same teachers. Overall, we use this to our advantage and discuss underlying challenges majority of our students are facing within our class. 

                        When it comes to the classroom I address my challenges one step at a time. For example many cultures have strict study habits and push a strong emphasis on education outside the classroom. However we can only do so much as educators so we tackle on as much as we can inside the classroom. Most students have a hard time with content vocabulary because they also struggle with academic vocabulary. I learned many strategies over my first year as a teacher to build upon academic vocabulary (won’t go into depth or explain it unless you ask otherwise). However those strategies in the long run benefit the student and increases their literacy skills. Simple baby steps forward over time turns into a long stride of achievement for these children.

                        As far as building a community within parents, I have students invite their parents to volunteered organized events. Near the end of October I ask my students to come to Coney Island to volunteer and help with costal clean up of garbage around the beach. I strongly encourage them to bring their parents. To push it further, I offer up some extra credit as an incentive. Getting involved builds character and allows these students to grow as a young individual in and outside the classroom. My school also holds other events within the school too during the year and the same concept applies. Purpose is to build a safe environment and community among parents, students and faculty. 

                      • Cindy Raoul
                        Cindy Raoul added a new discussion topic Week 5- close reading
                        I believe that close reading in general education is beneficial. General education students should be exposed to different levels of thinking when interacting with a text. The close reading process allows them to read and develop their own opinion...
                        • Giuseppe Marchica
                          Giuseppe Marchica replied on the discussion topic week 4
                          Yes you are reading that right professor. Realistically, 'Entering' ENL students are far below the literacy standards due to the language barrier faced. Realistically language acquisition takes year to process and comprehend a new language.... view reply
                          • Gerald Ardito
                            Gerald Ardito replied on the discussion topic week 4
                            Giuseppe, Thanks for this week's reading response. This really struck me: In my classroom I have EMERGING (been in the US for no more than a year) ENL students who are held to the same CCSS as the rest of the student population.... view reply
                            • Gerald Ardito
                              Gerald Ardito replied on the discussion topic Week 4: Adolescent literacy
                              Cinny, I completely agree with Colleen's comments.  You have raised some really important issues in your response, and as educators we need to be addressing them. view reply
                              • Giuseppe Marchica
                                Giuseppe Marchica added a new discussion topic week 4
                                  Models of adolescent literacy instruction range due to content taught, grade level and student population based upon demographics especially ENL groups. Despite the ever so changing flexibility of students, educators must follow Common...
                                  • Gerald Ardito

                                    By Gerald Ardito

                                    Giuseppe,

                                    Thanks for this week's reading response.

                                    This really struck me:

                                    In my classroom I have EMERGING (been in the US for no more than a year) ENL students who are held to the same CCSS as the rest of the student population. Regardless of their different levels of English language I still hold them to high standards despite my ‘tight leash.’ I have used many ENL practices I learned over the last year along with techniques my colleagues use, however, practically I know it won’t be enough for them to score as high as other general education students who are proficient in English. But my goal is student growth. The usage of the MEAL paragraph model helps with literacy instruction, but I still struggle with literacy instruction for these Emerging ENL students. 

                                    It sounds like you are identifying a place where the standards and good intentions for these literacy standards may not match up with where our real students are. Am I reading that right?

                                    • Giuseppe Marchica

                                      By Giuseppe Marchica

                                      Yes you are reading that right professor. Realistically, 'Entering' ENL students are far below the literacy standards due to the language barrier faced. Realistically language acquisition takes year to process and comprehend a new language. Having ENL students meet the same expectations as general students who are proficient in the English language isn't practical. As a growing and optimistic teacher, I still try my best to have my students meet or excel those expectations, however since it is not practical it ends up being detrimental for future student achievement. 

                                    • Colleen Vogle
                                      Colleen Vogle replied on the discussion topic Week 4: Adolescent literacy
                                      Hi Cindy,   Thank you for your post this week, I like that you kept to the point and I am a 100 and 10 percent agreeing with you when you mentioned “we have to meet the young adults where there are just as when we are dealing with... view reply
                                      • Cindy Raoul
                                        Cindy Raoul added a new discussion topic Week 4: Adolescent literacy
                                        Traditional instruction doesn’t develop all the knowledge writers need — in large measure because the focus of instruction is on composing particular assignments rather than on developing robust conceptual and strategic knowledge that...
                                          • Colleen Vogle

                                            By Colleen Vogle

                                            Hi Cindy,

                                             

                                            Thank you for your post this week, I like that you kept to the point and I am a 100 and 10 percent agreeing with you when you mentioned “we have to meet the young adults where there are just as when we are dealing with children. You can have them reading something but they have no idea what is going on” All of my students come to me with different reading levels, I have a classroom that over 75% of the students are not on their grade reading level and at times I wonder how can this be possible. In reality, that is a thought that will only distract my goals for my students. At the end of the day my goal is to ensure that my students are receiving a quality of education that will ensure their educational growth and allow them to be more marketable in the near future. To do this a grate focus have to be placed on providing literacy materials for my students that they can relate to and stay engaged in and outside of the classroom. Literacy don’t only come from reading a good book, it also comes from making sure that the same book is setting them up for success in both their personal and academic growth. Yes the The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful” but it will not be favorable for our students if are not showing growth in those areas.


                                             

                                            —Colleen

                                             
                                            • Gerald Ardito

                                              By Gerald Ardito

                                              Cinny,

                                              I completely agree with Colleen's comments. 

                                              You have raised some really important issues in your response, and as educators we need to be addressing them.

                                            • Gerald Ardito
                                              Gerald Ardito commented on the blog Week 3 reading analysis
                                              Cindy, I think you raise an incredibly important point here: Many of these approaches are wonderful and can push the lives of students in general education a lot further that it has then in the past. This bring s to how many approaches will...
                                              • Cindy Raoul
                                                Cindy Raoul published a blog post Week 3 reading analysis
                                                According to Biancarosa“the actual writing that goes on in typical classrooms across the United States remains dominated by tasks in which the teacher does all the composing, and students are left only to fill in missing information, whether...
                                                  • Gerald Ardito
                                                    Gerald Ardito

                                                    Cindy,

                                                    I think you raise an incredibly important point here:

                                                    Many of these approaches are wonderful and can push the lives of students in general education a lot further that it has then in the past. This bring s to how many approaches will only work in a general education class as not much thought is brought into how can we make proficient writes and literate students who are in district 75. Many students barely know their A,B,C’s. The main focus of my schools’ curriculum is writing. Many of my students are not conventional writers and I many end up doing all of the work as I am in 12:1:4 class. I have become disillusions as to how many practices there are but very little have influence on the writing in special education.

                                                    What kinds of things have you been doing in your classroom to bridge this divide?

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