Connections with BLE program

How do the concepts in your reading connect to the work you have done to date in your BLE program? What do you think you have mastered? In what areas do you think you need more instruction?

One of the major things I have acquired from the readings that connect to the BLE program is “language”. There have been several readings but it all comes down to how students communicate with us and how we communicate with them. For example, we as educators must learn how to recognize skills knowledge and understand what students bring to school so that we can build on those skills for better learning. I know many teachers would agree that sometimes it is exceedingly difficult to recognize those knowledge skills because we must follow such a busy curriculum. One thing to keep in mind is that when we recognize the multilingual and home language, we are helping our students to read, write and pronounce and that is part of our curriculum. So, we would not be wasting our time spending time appreciating their diverse linguistic repertoires.

It is important to recognize and understand our students' skills knowledge to be able to implement culturally responsive teaching and pedagogical practices. If we take diverse linguistic repertoires in the classroom, it can help us ensure the success of our students. Appreciation of other students' language can only help us be more understanding and appropriately help our students use language depending on the purpose, audience, and context.

I feel confident finding and using resources for better teaching. One of the books that I now own is called 99 ideas and activities for teaching English Learners with the SIOP Model. Also, learning and practicing the SIOP model has been one of my greatest gains. One of the components from the SIOP model that I have put in practice is “Building Background” which is critical to allow students to share their background knowledge. I have learned that when students struggle in school is not necessarily due to language. English language learners are capable of accomplishing successful outcomes in school the same as other students who speak perfect English.

I think I need more instructions on how to annotate when doing close reading. I have seen videos and tried to follow what the instructors have taught us but I am still struggling to identify how I can help my students when it comes to annotating. Not all students have the same reading level; some are advanced but there are some who need extra support. It is difficult for me to decide what information is important and what is not so important. I think I need to keep practicing to master annotating.


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