1.To make your classroom an environment where students enjoy informational text every single day, bring forth the wonders of the world with your students. This could entail topics ranging from precipitation to the Grand Canyon. This will allow you to be able to make use of informational texts as a method to answer their questions about the specific topic(s). Before you’re able to do this, the room should be flooded with high-interest informational books that will satisfy their inquiries. To make sure everyone can independently read and fully engage with the text, the teacher should be careful when choosing the texts. Opportunities should be provided for the students to interact with them daily, just as Michelle did. 2.I love how Michelle ignited the children’s curiosity of the world by providing them with the resources that answered all their questions. I hope to integrate informational text into my curriculum and encourage my students to function as a community of inquirers. She allowed for their curiosity to shape the curriculum, which helped improve their overall literacy skills. In elementary school I can remember never being able to understand math completely, which made me find it intimidating. There was no real explanation to why things were done, you just did it. With that being said, I will gladly incorporate the weaving together of read-alouds, mathematics, and discussions to deepen student learning in my classroom. As it states in one of the articles, “Literature provides a living through, not simply knowledge about.” Reading from magazines, newspapers, or fiction texts will allow the students to see why these mathematical concepts are integral to our everyday lives. This also gives students an opportunity to question, “Why” or ask, “How come?” Students will feel empowered to think critically about the use of numbers in society. This is due to the fact that literature with mathematical themes requires students to visualize scenes and characters, making connections to their own lives and the lives of others.
Thinking back on my experiences in elementary school, I don't recall having an actual art class. However, I do remember completing multiple assignments that involved some creativity. One assignment that comes to mind was creating the Solar System for Science. It was completely up to the student how they did and majority of us went all out with the styrofoam balls. I can also remember making my own Mardi Gras float for ELA. They were all displayed in the gym, so we could walk around and view them. I didn't have an actual art class until 11th grade, and that was Fine Arts. We learned about the different periods and the styles/artists that came along with them. We also learned different techniques on how to paint and shade so that we could recreate our own piece.
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- Fall '12
- common core, Jinnie Spiegler