Spanish Comprehension: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling
Help me give my students charts and dictionaries to keep them engaged and working independently or in collaborative, small groups. With individual dry erase boards each student may instantly display a written response.
Our high school students are eager to learn and succeed. They've had to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey in their community. Some seem to complain about having to attend school, but they still make it to class. Telling them they accomplished so much already by getting up, getting ready, and getting to class makes them share stories and helps me see how their day is going. Others show much leadership and encouragement for their peers and keep them invloved daily.
Each year, former students are able to share stories with me about how they remembered a story or skills they learned in class.
It makes me happy to then make their story another one to share with current students. Keeping students aware of what they will need to know or use past their high school experience is important.
Helping students move from negative attitudes about how they approach their day or following rules to understanding why they must be aware of how their attitudes will have a consequence is a real treat. Observing their progress reminds me of why they must have an opportunity to learn each day. They need and want guidance, so finding ways to keep them involved in class lessons and school activities is beneficial.
Each student has an opportunity to learn from a reading lesson by participating in activities related to a topic. When students change the same lesson to a language other than their first language, they try to follow instructions and comprehend the content they must learn in a World Language such as Spanish. Staying engaged in a lesson increases their language proficiency.
Individual learning tools such as a dry erase board will enable a student to participate, along with classmates, by instantly responding to questions related to a reading passage.
The teacher may request individual responses during class discussion or choral responses at times, yet a dry erase board keeps each student accountable for instant responses. Additional tools such as markers, reference guides, and wall posters enhance a student's ability to learn proficiency through reading and storytelling.
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