I Wish I Knew More About…

October 24, 2009 at 11:31 am | Posted in uncategorized | 11 Comments

Tyler and Bill H. presented this morning on the topic of journaling.  One prompt  shared was,  “I wish I knew more about…”  What do you wish you knew more about in regards to content area literacy?  Why?  What will you personally do to learn more about the topic?

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  1. I wish I knew more about technology. When I first started this class, I thought I was a pro. I could do facebook, myspace, craigslist and aol. I thought that was all I really needed to know. Learning about all these other programs such as wiki and blogs, really sparked an interest with me. Computers are what students understand these days. Not like when I was growing up when everything was on the blackboard. I hope to really connect with my students and this is the first step in doing that. Speaking to them in a lanugage that they get. Once this semester is over and I have free time, I’m really hoping to go through all these programs again and really explore what I can do with them. the question now becomes: How can I go about incorporating these programs into my teaching? This may take some time to construct but I truly believe it will be beneficial in the end for both myself and my students.

  2. I wish I knew more about writing literacy strategies. We concentrated on reading mostly except for the RAFTS. Writing is quite important as an area of literacy as well. Lots of students have problems with writing skills. There are issues not only with grammar and spelling, but with paragraph structure and writing complete essays and papers in an organized manner. I will follow up on what writing strategies are out there. Do you have any suggestions as to resources?

    Thanks for everything.
    Cal

  3. I wish I knew more about….
    how to incorporate web 2.0 tools. How can I incorporate these tools into my everyday classroom? What if my classroom only has one computer? What if not all of my students have a computer and internet at home? I want all of my students to be able to take advantage of using these powerful tools to advance their learning. Furthermore, with the constrains of time in the classroom, I feel like it would be very difficult to require students to do things like blogs and wikis outside of class if the students do not have the necessary equipment. I would also like to know more about the ways in which the web 2.0 tools can be used. I feel like we just touched on the surface of the great things that can be done with these tools. To further my understanding, I hope to do more research in what specific web 2.0 tools are out there to incorporate into my science classroom.

  4. I really want to learn more about how to find great resources for text for my students. I found that when I searched for articles about Algebra for my students to read, there were many times when I found either guides on how to progress through a mathematical problem, or scientific papers about how people learn Algebra. I know that once I start teaching, there will be resources within the school to use, and that the teachers that are already teaching will know of some resources.

    As this class ends, I will try to find more of these resources online as I really do want to integrate literacy into my mathematics classroom. I will search for more blogs that teachers have created and also search for book lists that correlate with my content area. Another thing that I would like to do is to start building my own library of relevant titles for students of mathematics. That way I’ll be able to really incorporate literacy into my classroom.

  5. I wish I knew more about verbal communication strategies. I’d like to learn more about supporting students who have language, speech, or emotional obstacles during verbal or oral communication activities. It seems like writing and reading was really enforced in this course, and while we were given some technology tools for presentations, I still want to know more about the oral communication part of content area literacy.
    Why you ask? Because I think the oral communication part of literacy is just as important as the written/read part. Mathematicians must be able to orally present their proofs and ideas to other mathematicians. Thus, my students, as young mathematicians, need to make verbal presentations about math as well. The more tools I have to support them in this endeavor the more successful they will be.
    I think to learn more about this I will take another literacy course for an elective here at Fisher, or I might pursue a literacy certification. Also I’m sure that I could use delicious to search the web, or collaborate with literacy specialists I already know to learn more about this!
    Thank you!!
    Chelsea

  6. I certainly learned a lot of information that will be relevant to the success of my future teaching. The binder especially, is a critical tool going forward. I wish in knew more about specific math examples pertaining to the pre, during and post reading strategies. For example, is there a website that will have a reading specific to learning math content and has a strategy to use for the reading? Although I’m asking for the whole kit and caboodle, I’m not really asking for everyone else’s material. I would like to know where I can find specific readings and strategies that have worked in the classroom. Essentially, I’m looking for specific readings and the strategy used that was successful. I’m not necessarily for the completed strategy to avoid doing work on my own. I understand there are personal web pages such as blog’s, but this is more of a personal collection. Throughout my journey in life, I will be on the lookout for materials and strategies that when combined, successfully work in the classroom. If I were to win the lottery, I would focus some time and effort into preparing one website that essentially would be for teachers to upload lesson plans and commenting on the plans. Comments might include relevance, content and outcome. Do you know of a website like this?

  7. I personally wish I knew how to better connect students’ interests to content area literacy in Math. As someone who enjoys Math, I still have difficulty reading about it sometimes whether it is due to the structure or format of the text, or whether I would simply rather read about another interest. Remembering all the things that ran through my mind during a typical high school day, I know how hard it can be for a student to maintain focus on a particular reading assignment. I want to be a teacher who is able to relate to students when they have difficulty with a reading assignment, not one who doesn’t take into account their preferences. As music and art have always been great interests of mine, I hope to take a more creative approach when assigning big projects, allowing students to develop their own investigations under certain parameters. I want to personally investigate the various sources I can use to find math that is truly relevant and interesting to students, remembering that if it doesn’t interest me, then I can certainly not expect it to interest them.

  8. At this point I don’t think I have a certain thing that I wanted or wished to learn about in regards to content area literacy. But I believe that I might need to know more about the topic in the future; after I start teaching I might encounter some situations that needs more thinking form the teacher side.
    One thing I strongly believe in is that teachers should never stop learning. Not just about this topic (content area literacy) but also about other different topics that related specifically to teaching.

  9. I wish I knew more about techniques to construct math vocabulary. There are many strategies to review vocabulary, but actually constructing the meaning of the words, is to me the very process of teaching the concept. What you call the concept is not nearly important to me as what the concept is. To what extent is building a vocabulary a matter of assigning labels, and if that’s true is it important? Yes, it is because if you give students a text that has words they don’t know they will become frustrated, so they need to know the proper labels. But, if they develop the concepts first, they will have something to hang the label on, and be more likely to remember it. In the future I plan on exploring the importance of vocabulary in math comprehension, as well as the way students relate math concepts and their names.

  10. I might not state what I wish I knew more about but instead simply reflect on my experiences in the course. Many of the thoughts mentioned by fellow peers are very good. I also had a couple literacy courses in my undergraduate program, but I never felt as though I got as much out of them as I did with this one. Like Elyse, I came in feeling confident that I was proficient with technology. But yet, looking at the examples of blogs and examples from other teachers already on the web, I feel as though I am no longer proficient. I feel that I am no longer technologically proficient, as I was when I was only in say middle school and junior high. I have decided not to focus on what I wish I knew more about and instead try to focus on what I plan to do next. I specifically want to focus on increasing technological literacy and using technology to promote developing literacy and comprehension in my classroom. I would like to learn more technologies, whether software or Web 2.0 applications that I can incorporate. I do like Ning and SocialGo, which I plan on using in my classroom in developing a community of learners and communication. Among my writing above, I have come to one conclusion on what I would like to learn more about. I would like to learn more on specific during reading strategies. These strategies are a great asset in developing comprehension along the way as students read. To me these strategies are an asset to reading and understanding mathematics. I entered the course wondering if I would ever really use this or if it was “just another” literacy course which I would pull nothing from. Instead I am leaving with strategies which link literacy and differentiated instruction. I am leaving with a feeling that I actually am taking something away from this class.

  11. GMST 525 – Content Area Literacy

    This course was a real eye opener for me. Like Matt and Elyse mentioned earlier, my confidence in technology was misplaced as it proved to be a large obstacle to learning for me within the course.

    Posting blogs and leaving comments certainly has value but I leave this course specifically wanting to know more about which content area literacy strategies are the most powerful, what situations they are the best use in, and why.

    For myself, understanding specific concepts that outline the cause of the underlying problem provides a better foundation for understanding techniques for effective intervention then learning the techniques alone.

    I believe that every teacher should be a reading teacher, or at least capable of the process. I also feel that every teacher should be competent in the skill of providing the correct accomodations for each individual student. Realizing that this is a major undertaking for anyone, my objectives following this course are to:

    Learn more about the topics broached in class, which are the best suited for particular circumstances, and why…

    Work to become very proficient at masterfully delivering these intervention in varying situations…

    Continue to seek out new and developing strategies to aid in the development of literacy in my content area.

    I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this class and would like to wish my classmates and instructors the best.


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