Sunday, September 23, 2012
A successful SDAIE strategy that I have learned about is the implementation of graphic organizers to help students filter key information, and put events in sequential order. It gives an ELL student the opportunity to have a visual representation of facts and concepts. These tools are effective for fostering cognitive thinking and learning by putting information in concrete form. By implementing these tools students will feel less overwhelmed and be able to show relationships between concepts. One way I thought that I could incorporate this into my PE class is creating flow charts that show the sequence of critical elements for a certain skill. Also, students could create cluster maps that show branches of examples of healthy eating habits. If an ELL student has more difficulty producing written responses it would be perfectly okay for them to incorporate pictures as well.
Friday, September 7, 2012
I am a physical education teacher, so I wanted to use a survey that not only could show me the students literacy habits, but also more about their interests outside of academics. I felt that by adding this component I could create lessons that incorporated things that are relevant and valuable to my students to increase their motivation in PE. I use a strategy called "Mingle Mingle" to allow my students to get to know their peers, and also as a tactic to put them with a partner quickly, without wasting instructional time. During this activity I ask the students to ask their partner if they want to be the coconut or apple, then I will say all the apples do this certain activity while all the coconuts go here (great strategy to give the partners certain roles, without them fighting over who does what first). By using this survey, I can now incorporate my students' favorite TV shows or games instead of using just the coconuts and apples. Although this is a small example of how I could incorporate their interests in an activity, it shows the students that I am invested into them and their learning by creating situations that are relevant to them.