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assignments for students to submit for assessment purposes. Verge has allowed me to implement technology into my classroom and daily instruction in many ways. I can use Verge with Wongel to provide her with access to multiple reliable sources to cite when composing explanatory writing. The use of word processing apps will allow her to make revisions, including sentence fluency, grammar, and conventions. Allowing Wongel to produce and publish her writing digitally, will boost her engagement levels, as well as her self-confidence and perception of her writing.Reflective practice is an important aspect of my profession. There is significant value andbenefits in completing the Teachers’ Self-Assessment of Efficacy in Writing and the teaching of writing. It reminded me that there is always room for growth and that I am more similar to my students than different. By reflecting on my strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions of writing, I can better support struggling learners such as Wongel. To ensure Wongel reaches her goal of writing on grade level by May, I will seek ways to provide more opportunities for her to choose her reading and writing topics. This will increase her engagement, resulting in her paying more attention to the details and content, increasing her comprehension levels while reading and attending to details while writing. I will began using graphic organizers with her to assist in the development and organization of ideas. This will bring structure and clarity to Wongel’s writing. I hope to incorporate technology during the editing and revision stage to help better Wongel notice her mistakes in grammar and conventions.Part 3: Defining Comprehension Strategies and Instructional Strategies
9Both teachers and students use strategies to help improve the comprehension of text. In my opinion, these strategies do not differ much. The difference in these strategies lies in the intention and application of the strategy. When teachers utilize and implement comprehension instructional strategies, they are intentional and have a clear set purpose. When planning and designing lessons, teachers create instructional opportunities to help students improve their comprehension by intentionally teaching and demonstrating comprehension strategies. Instructional activities in comprehension are how teachers support students’ awareness and learning in the area of reading comprehension” (Hollenbeck & Saternus, 2013). When students implement the use of comprehension strategies, it is not necessarily controlled by the teacher. The student chooses the approach that they feel works best for them. It is a metacognitive process. Comprehension strategies are the mental acts purposefully engaged to facilitate meaningconstruction while reading (Hollenbeck & Saternus, 2013). While the act is purposeful, it can be nonstrategic; resulting in the student missing out on the text importance (Hollenbeck & Saternus,2013). When the strategies are applied correctly, they match the learning style and needs of the learner, yielding growth in comprehension and development.