What is important in these samples is not length, but the ways these students interact with the texts, discussions, and ideas of the course in ways that are both personal and profession (as future teachers). As you might also notice, the writing does not have to be formal, or necessarily in complete sentences. I am not marking on grammar, punctuation, or mechanics!!
English 3360 Weekly Reflection
What does Literacy mean? If a person can read and write then they are literate. If they can communicate in any language then they are literate as well. Being illiterate means not knowing how to read, write, and communicate in a conversation. Making sense and getting an understanding of what words mean to a person is necessary for life. Begin literate can help expand more knowledge and your mind, you can understand basic and new concepts when communicating others. You can also understand all forms of writing such as books, magazines, newspapers, and also television. When teaching to young students, you need to be able to understand their needs and well as yours. If you "smash" a students way of learning you will surely hurt them in the long run. Helping students and their needs will work out and they will thank you for it.
Last year I taught 6th grade Sunday school. I had some students who would come up to me and asked that I not ask them to read out loud. I knew that if I did, they would not trust me! I kept my word and if they were ready to read I would let them. I would have them tell me when they were ready. If they did not want to read, I would not force them to read. I always had everyone raise their hand who want to read. I wanted them to respect me, but first I had to respect them and their needs.
It helps everyone if we work together. When working together we can keep the literacy rate up and keep it up. I feel as a student, I would not like my thoughts, feelings, they way I learn and the way I want to teach to be put down, more or less a child's feelings, thoughts, and the way they learn.
I feel that I have put a lot of effort into this weekly reflection, I would give myself 2 points. Others will have different view of how I feel, and I probably would have different thoughts of other peoples understandings.
I give myself 2 points
Week 3: Jan 28-30 Reflections
Students' Right to Their Own Language has many controversies but I focused on one in our discussion. I was surprised that the article stated that "the values taught by the schools must reflect the prejudices held by the public." I have to remind myself that the word "prejudice" has a lot of meaning. I learned in School and Society that the word meant "to prejudge," which to me weakens what I thought the word meant. Since I have felt/seen/dealt with "prejudice" attitudes the word has a stronger meaning, one of inferiority. So to read that the schools MUST reflect this shocked me. But during our group discussion I understood that it was more of what the public knows and the lack of "knowledge" or understanding. For all the "melting pot" hoopla, these people are not willing to accept/respect diversity. It is all talk. I guess the public has become accustomed to "values" (prejudices) that have been around forever.
When the question was asked, Is respect for diversity and inclusion fair to teachers? I was surprised to hear so much whining from the non-Hispanic students. First of all, how difficult is it to respect other people's differences? No one said you had to immerse yourself in other cultures, just include them. This can be done as the reading Student Response to Assignment Content mentioned, by allowing the students to write about "real" topics. Of course, students would still have to write essays on assigned topics. Teachers could also have students choose a book/story about their heritage/culture. For younger students, the Internet has so many short stories it can direct you to on the different cultures that it really would not be much of an effort. I have purchased books for my children that not only include their cultures (African American and Mexican American) but books on the Asian, Native American, Jewish, Anglo-Saxon, etc., cultures as well. They also have books on children with Downs Syndrome and children that are Physically challenged. I hope to raise my children to not only "tolerate" but appreciate and include the differences in all of us. I enjoy learning about people and their experiences and I'm a soon-to-be MATH teacher.
I loved the two NCTE articles, The National Language Policy and Expanding Opportunities: Academic Success for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students! The main point of the first of the two articles is that our rights are being violated and there is no need to fear nonnative speakers because the English language "is not threatened." Nonnative speakers and speakers of a second language should be seen as assets to our country in contributing to "worldwide activities." The second of the two articles gives guidance/suggestions to teachers on how to include culturally diverse students in writing, reading and the selection of materials to better include these students.
During our group discussion of How to Tame a Wild Tongue I tried to get Stacey to see how teachers', as well as, other Hispanics' attitudes affected me and what could have been done differently, by teachers, to give me/other students a better sense of self. After reading this article I realized that part of my problem with the English language is that I began in 2nd grade and the English I heard was at school and friends. My mother spoke English but it's not like we sat around having conversations. I grew up in the time of "children are seen and not heard." My experience in the 2nd grade convinced me that speaking Spanish was bad. What I learned of English I also learned in reading. Because of my home life, reading was my "getaway." Somehow, I used context clues to figure out what words I didn't know meant. We didn't have a dictionary so looking up the words was not an option. Reading this article was kind of sad, but at the same time very powerful for me. Thank you for sharing this with the class. I hope they actually read it and learned something from it.