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Edison High School Nick Ruggieri AVID 10 th Grade ENES 3338 4/1 & 4/3 4/11/13 Journal #4 During this week in AVID, I observe some little things being done in the classroom that I had not noticed before. For one, I noticed the speech of the teacher when she was explaining Tier two and three words to the students. She would slow her speech down and at times repeat the word if necessary in order for the students to grasp the vocabulary she was using. Unfortunately though, she did not define the word to the class and just assumed they all knew it from background knowledge. In a school that is predominantly non white and has several ELL’s I believe tough words such as quintessential need to be defined in order for the students to build up their vocabulary. I would suggest for the teacher to write it on the board and keep it there so that the students could absorb what was presented. Another thing I noticed was that Ms. Woodward makes the students read from the smart board aloud in class, and never forces anyone to read if they don’t want to. I observed a couple pro’s and con’s about this method. The pro’s were that students got the chance to read aloud and at their own pace which allowed them to sift through the words and identify any confusion. The con’s on the other hand were that it seemed to be the same students reading every time since she allowed for students to pass. This was a way that students who were lazy or unconfident with the vocabulary to take a back seat and not participate. If Ms. Woodward is going to stick with this method, she should ask follow up
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  • Spring '13
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  • Mr. Rowe, Ms. Woodward

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