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I was a teacher for 14 years working with age groups of 5-14 year old students. Creating an atmosphere that is conducive to learning needs to be done regardless if it is one student or a classroom full. I have been working with students for over 30 years and continue to learn more about best practices in education. I have a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and strive to use what I learned to meet the needs of the students I teach.
Becoming proficient in English is very important across all subject areas as content writing is critical as the student advances through school. Learning how to communicate effectively with the English language can help you master reading and writing as well.
The importance of mastering grammar can only assist students in becoming more proficient in transferring concepts from oral language to written language.
Connecting what the student knows in oral language to written language through writing samples that the student generates provides an opportunity for students to see the relevance of grammar in their own writing.
As a Language Arts teacher, I feel that phonics is a very important part in learning new vocabulary. Learning phonics means acquiring knowledge about the relationship between the written word and spoken word. Developing word identification and phonics knowledge can enhance reading comprehension. By learning and mastering phonics, you will become a better reader and speller. Phonics teaches children to break down a word into parts and ‘blend’ them back together.
Phonics helps students to approach any new word with more confidence and is a necessary part of reading. Once phonics skills are in place, we can teach students to really love to read!!!
My instruction would entail using explicit rather than implicit instruction. We would have guided and independent practice that contains words with new sound-spelling and take our new learning and apply it through actual reading.
Public speaking helps you communicate important information and allow for you learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear manner and motivate those around you.
As a language arts teacher, I incorporated oral presentations into my curriculum. I saw the need to work with students in getting these skills proficient. As a teacher, I introduced the following strategies: gather information about a topic, develop and show confidence, vary vocal pace and tone and volume, and interact with the audience and maintain eye contact. These are essential skills needed in learning to engage your audience and be an effective speaker.
Literacy was once known as the ability to read and write. Now it is about being able to make sense and engage in advance reading, writing, listening and speaking.
It is critical to allow students to develop solid skills in reading so that they can be applied across all content areas. The ultimate goal is to create opportunities for students to think, write, read and talk about what they learn.
As technology has become more advanced and we have become more dependent on ensuring our spelling errors are corrected through this technology. We have become complaisant in our efforts spell.
I have not changed my feeling about the importance of spelling and how critical is it to literacy and comprehension. Improving spelling can only improve reading, writing fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
It is important for us as educators, to teach each student to spell well in order for them to read and write fluently. We owe it to them!!!
As a former teacher and administrator, I always had study skills as part of the curriculum. Teaching students how to organize their thoughts and their time can only enhance their learning both in and out of the classroom.
Teaching them to keep a planner to make sure their time is well spent on what is relevant teaches them a life long skill. Time management is essential in improving academics.
Vocabulary is a pillar of reading and reading comprehension. The more vocabulary a student knows in a content area, the better they are able to comprehend.
Vocabulary should focus on teaching words that are based on context and meaning. There is research out there to show the link between having an extensive vocabulary and school success.
Writing skills have become more important that ever before. Written communication through social media, text messaging, e-mail, blogs are all modes of written communication are a part of everyday life. With these new resources at our fingertips, we need to be proficient with our communication skills.
Writing is one the the most important ways of expressing your thoughts and communicating ideas. Writing is a lifelong skill necessary not only for now but for all of our future endeavors.