Student Teaching Reflections: Monday

During the weekend leading up to my week of student teaching in an E1 (grades 1-3) classroom, I was blessed with a feeling of calm and peace that descended over me, after feeling much turmoil and trepidation during the previous months over my upcoming experience. I had finalized all my tentative lesson plans by Friday, had gone …

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Do Kids Have to Learn Within Their Personal Learning Styles?

I realize that I've been posting mainly teaching-related content lately, but you have to realize that I am passionate not just about writing, but also about education (and am an Elementary Education major, which brings a lot of these articles to my attention). I found this to be an excellent article with some interesting new …

Biblical Integration: The What, Why, and How

My Biblical Worldview Assignment essay for my Instructional Practices for Content Teachers class at Liberty University. I believe there are two ditches Christian teachers can fall into when it comes to teaching and talking about worldviews and beliefs in the classroom, especially in public school classrooms. The first ditch is the belief that biblical values …

Four Methods for Teaching Phonics

Abstract: This essay discusses three alternatives to Synthetic Phonics Instruction: Analytic Phonics Instruction, Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction, and Embedded Phonics Instruction. Definitions and examples are given for each method, and the different strategies are compared to each other. The Synthetic and Analytic methods are traditional approaches, and the Analogy-Based and Embedded strategies are modern approaches. While …

My Directed Reading Activity

For my Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers class, I was to practice using a Directed Reading Activity (DRA) with at least three students while reading an informational text. DRA is a strategy that provides students with instructional support before, during, and after reading. The teacher takes an active role preparing students to read the text by …