WK8Assgn - Reflective Essay Reflective Essay Melissa Bockenstedt Walden University Cindee Easton M.ED Reading and Literacy Today(READ 6705O 5 December 9

WK8Assgn - Reflective Essay Reflective Essay Melissa...

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Reflective Essay Reflective Essay Melissa Bockenstedt Walden University Cindee Easton, M.ED. Reading and Literacy Today (READ - 6705O - 5) December 9, 2016
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Reflective Essay Literacy learning in the 21 st century deems the need to have a diverse set of skills and strategies, each influencing the next. The seven pillars as outlined by Reutzel and Cooter provide a framework for highly effective reading instruction (Reutzel & Cooter, 2015). The seven pillars that influence literacy instruction are teacher knowledge, classroom assessment, evidence-based teaching practices, response to intervention, motivation and engagement, technology and new literacies, and family and community connections. All these elements play a vital role in determining best practice for teaching students to read and write. I find that the key components that drive my literacy instruction and influence my practice are incorporating lessons that are motivating and engaging, using evidence-based practices, and utilizing classroom assessment. Encouraging intrinsic motivation with student choice and student interest in mind will aid in developing life-long learners, which is my primary objective. Intrinsic motivation is performing an activity for no reason other than the enjoyment and satisfaction of the act itself (Kaplan, 2008). As an educator, I believe that intrinsic motivation is a vital role in one’s success. Students need to be able to motivate themselves and have a desire to learn to go far in life. I feel that it is my job as a teacher to instill and promote an intrinsic motivation. To do so, I will provide the elements of choice and freedom to engage and hook students. Differentiation based on interest can be acquired by creating student-generated product options (Marzano, 2010). Evidence-based practices are linked to literacy development. For this reason, I find it important to stay abreast on new strategies and methods of teaching literacy. There are also evidence-based practices centered around assessment. I find it valuable to use rubrics when assessing my students. Brookhart (2013) indicates, “ Rubrics are important because they clarify for students the qualities their work should have. This point is often expressed in terms of students understanding the learning target and criteria for success. For this reason, rubrics help
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Reflective Essay teachers teach, they help coordinate instruction and assessment, and they help students learn” (Why are rubrics important? para. 1). This quote supports the information that Jay McTighe mentioned about assessments being aligned with learning goals to yield effective summative assessments (Laureate Education, 2010). Assessment plays a dynamic part in monitoring student’s growth in literacy. According to Henson (2015), “Teachers who give regular quizzes have higher academic performance in their classes” (p. 316). I believe that assessments should only be given to students if there is a direct purpose. I will analyze assessment data to drive further instruction and also to differentiate my teaching. By taking the time to analyze data, I have become more thoughtful about what I am
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