Courtney Moose EDUC 2130Dr. Jason Mayernick Field Hours Reflections Accommodations: Instructional and Testing Supports for Students with DisabilitiesThe accommodations module had a lot of good information and sound concepts to learn. Some of the main objectives from the lessons were to learn how to distinguish between accommodations, modifications, and instructional strategies/intervention, to understand the responsibilities of an IEP team, and to be able to identify the appropriate accommodation for each classroom setting and for each student. The biggest takeaway from the module was how different accommodations, modifications, and instructional strategies each is. Regretfully, before this lesson, I was not well versed in the understanding of teaching children with disabilities. Still,I now understand key differences in how to provide for each student specifically. A lingering question I have, however, is that since modifications “change” what is learned, are students who need these modifications still on an equal learning level with everyone else?Secondary Reading Instruction (Part 1)The Secondary Reading Instruction module was actually enjoyable and exciting to go through. I plan to be a history/social studies teacher, so vocabulary words and reading comprehension are significant. The main points of this module were encouraging readers to get athorough understanding of the importance of adequate vocabulary and reading comprehension and the importance of developing effective vocabulary instruction. The part of the lesson that stood out to me the most was the use of the Frayer Model for “building vocabulary and conceptual knowledge.” I have seen and used the Frayer Model in class before, but I never knew
it was a specific model or had educational reasoning behind the design. I simply thought it was just busywork my teacher found off of Google images. A lingering question I have, however, is how does one get words to stick in a student’s head for a long time? I know personally that after the year went by, some vocab words would slip my mind forever. How does one counter that?Teaching English Language LearnersTeaching English Language learners has always been an exciting topic, and this module was comprehensive. The main concepts throughout this model are to make sure that the reader can define an English language learner, can understand the levels of language proficiency, and know instructional strategies that are effective when teaching English language learners. The part of the lesson that stood out to me the most was that students could have a social understanding of the language but still struggle with academic learning. Reflecting on that, though, it makes more sense than when I first read about it in the module since I can remember being young and knowing how to communicate with friends but not understand sentence structures and grammar.