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Reflection Module 8 Tuesdae MasseReading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6 (READ - 6727O - 5)Instructor: Lillian Levine MS in Reading and Learning DisabilitiesWalden UniversityReflection Module 8
The most important piece of information that I took away from this course was that there is always need for improvement and professional development. I feel that when we have been doing a job for so long or we just begin a job we tend to get set in our ways and can not see thatareas that need improvement or change, this begins to impact areas such as ability to provide effective instructions, manage the classroom and all together be an effective educator. Ongoing Professional DevelopmentAlthough this course is designed to teach educators how to become more effective literacy instructors, it can provide insight into other specializations as well. I believe that learningmany of the strategies in this course such as different activities that can work with students on enhancing their skills can be applied elsewhere. One example is the close reading sessions, which is by far my favorite piece of knowledge taken from this course. It can work with students who are in small groups that need to be more focused. Special education is one area where this can help students who are struggling to focus more on the task at hand while being guided to findthe answers on their own. The students will be les frustrated than if they were in a large classroom trying to complete the same assignment. This can help prevent behaviors as well. Many of the topics covered provided a deeper understanding for how to change, modify and rewrite my instruction for particular students. I have found new ways to reach more students and feel that these areas motivate me to continue working on professional development in literacy instruction. It feels like a refresh in what I have already learned, but new ways to provide the tools and support that are more effective in reaching students where they are and challenging them instead of meeting them.Application
Though the school year is over, I have already used what has been learned and tested from this course to plan for this coming years’ students. Having a list of needs students and student skill levels has helped me to determine that there are many concepts I can apply to this incoming class that will help with student achievement levels. I have looked at my old way of intervention and ways of teaching and compared them with some of the concepts in the text to find new ways to instruct and reach students. This involves taking students and completing a newassessment on each to see where they are skill wise. I will then use that data to create in advance small groups that I can just pull out with whatever activity I have going that day. I can will also apply techniques such as close reading and text dependent questioning to my groups of students who are advanced so that I may challenge them and enhance their academic abilities. In the past,

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