– Week 5 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
G.K. Chesterton (writer & philosopher)
Mr. Hicks has been a high school instructor in Spring Valley, California for nine years. He is used to meeting the student’s extended family at the time of school enrollment. Frequently, the family knows little to no English language. Mr. Hicks looks forward to the challenge of teaching new students each year as he welcomes them into his class. He took it upon himself to learn basic conversational Arabic phrases, vocabulary terms specific for school, and cultural practice, feeling confident and prepared to teach his students and communicate with their families.
Mr. Hicks has had many successful years of ELL teaching as measured by students’ academic and language growth over the school year, along with their personal growth with American culture. Most recently, however, he encountered Kaamla, a 15 year old girl who moved to Spring Valley with her two siblings a year ago. Although Kaamla was very social and seemed to truly enjoy school, she simply did not show any interest in academics or learning English. During class, instead of paying attention, Kaamla would draw elaborate pictures of her house in Morocco. Although her art work was very realistic and quite impressive, Mr. Hicks truly wished that Kaamla would put the same effort into academics and learning English that she put into her drawings. Despite Mr. Hicks’ effort at creating differentiated curriculum that met the needs of all his learners, including those ELL and those with learning disabilities, Kaamla was the only one he felt he was not reaching.
Now that the school year is ending and it is time to reenroll for the next year, what steps can Mr. Hicks take, based on the information you learned during this week’s class, to ensure Kaamla doesn’t become a high school dropout statistic? Evaluate at least three strategies Mr. Hicks can implement in his classroom (make sure to cite where you found this information).
Guided Response: Review your classmates’ post and respond to at least three. Using the strategies shared by your classmates, explain for each one how an extension of this activity can incorporate Kaamla’s family to help her be more successful.
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