Category Archives: L1: Learner centered

a variety of culturally responsive, developmentally, and age appropriate strategies

Educating Exceptional Students

The attached document is a brief, albeit wordy, presentation regarding “specific learning disabilities with an emphasis on reading within the context of a high school social studies classroom.” Although written over a year before I entered the classroom for my internship, my interest in literacy spurred me to learn more about reading disabilities. Much of my research yielded results on how to help students with reading difficulties in the classroom. I have made an effort to apply many of the strategies in my classroom. Even for students who are not labeled as having a learning disability in reading, they can benefit from using these strategies. One in particular that has been extremely beneficial as I work with certain students has been the idea of model thinking. By reading aloud and then walking students through my thought process verbally, they begin to see how they can think through some of their struggles.

Specific Learning Disabilities and Inclusion

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Teaching Secondary Social Studies

Throughout this course I learned about the importance of integrating different subjects into my social studies lessons. It has become apparent to me throughout my internship that students can retain more information when they are able to make connections to prior knowledge or are able to see the relevance of their classwork. That being said, it is essential that I intentionally plan lessons that allow students to draw on knowledge from other classes that they are taking. One activity in this unit specifically requires students to work as a factory owners and families to see how wages and cost of living were very important during the Industrial Revolution; the math portion of this activity gave students the opportunity to strengthen their skills while giving certain students the potential ability to use their math talents. In addition to math, I make every effort to include reading and writing into the class on a daily basis in order to strength their skills and give them the opportunity to practice outside of the Language Arts classroom. By using integration across the content areas, students begin to see the importance and relevancy of the learning taking place in the classroom.

Unit Plan

Lesson Plans

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Professional Development Paper

This paper was written in response to an assignment for my Students as Learners class. This attests to my ability to think about how students learn and interact with one another. As students change throughout their schooling careers, it is important to keep in mind where they are developmentally, and the teacher should be available to help students learn and mature as members of a great community.

Personal Development Paper

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Unit Plan

The attached documents are a unit plan written for an eighth grade social studies classroom. Studying indistrialization, urbanization, and immigration  is an important part of United States history, and this unit was designed to give students important information while encouraging them to make personal connections and think critically. The first document is the unit plan, which includes Desired Results, Assessment Evidence, and a Learning Plan. The second includes several corresponding lesson plans that include more detail about the specific lessons.

This unit plan was created using a backwards planning method, which we learned about in General Teaching Methods (EDU 6135) through our text, Understanding by Design. I started my planning with establishing clear objectives and defining the unit’s essential questions and enduring understandings. I then proceeded to create more detailed performance tasks and lesson plans.

Approval Standard S2 is “aligned with curriculum standards and outcomes,” focusing on “student learning targets and progresses to meet them.” My preparation of this unit plan demonstrates my competency in this area in that, first and foremost, I constructed this unit plan with specific standards and goals in mind. I chose several assessments and skills that students would know and be able to do by the end of the unit, and I create daily lesson plans to help accomplish that goal.

Unit Plan Part 1

Unit Plan Part 2

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