Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Successful SDAIE Strategy I have Observed in My Classroom

A very effective SDAIE strategy that I have seen in my CT’s classroom that I would want to implement in my classroom is cooperative learning. My CT uses this when he has the students analyze their text book. Students of various levels, including EL’s, have the opportunity to be subject to a variety of different learning styles that will enhance their knowledge of the subject. I have observed this method and EL’s who may be shy talking or reading in front of the whole class have the opportunity to talk on a smaller scale to other students. Cooperative learning is also helpful when I am helping out with activities in class. I can go to various different groups and give them specific help on questions they have. This creates a learning atmosphere that is more applicable to EL’s of all levels and is a great SDAIE strategy.

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Survey on My Students Reading Habits

I have spent some time in my second period class giving them a survey seeing what their various reading habits are. I found some great information about my kids!

I have below a sample of my survey that I administered in my class:

What are Your Reading Habits?

1.       What do you read?

a. Newspaper

b. Books

c. Magazines

d. Comics

e. Webpages

f. Facebook

g. Other

2.       Do you like to read?

a.       Yes

b.       No

3.       Did you read over the summer?

a.       Yes

b.       No

4.       If yes, how often did you read?

a.       1-3 hr

b.       3-5 hr

c.        5-10 hr

5.       Which would you rather read?

a.       Harry Potter

b.       Hunger Games

c.        Twilight

d.       ESPN Magazine

6.       Do you agree that reading is important?

a.       Yes

b.       No

7.       What was the last book you read? (write the title down)


8.       If you had a choice of reading or watching TV, which would you rather do?

a.       Read

b.       Watch TV

9.       Which category interest you?

a.       Sports

b.       Love story

c.        Fiction

d.       Historical

10.    Do you think you will increase your amount of reading by the end of the year?

a.       Yes

b.       No
I found a lot of great information about what my kids liked and made some great pie charts but could not find a way to put it on my blog. So I will bring those into class as a hard copy. I was able to find out statistical data on my kids and how they answered.
What do you Read?
Books: 44%
Magazines: 11%
Other: 45%
Do you like to Read?
Yes: 55%
No: 45a%
Did you Read over the Summer?
Yes: 41%
No: 59%
If yes, How often?
1-2 hrs: 82%
2-5hrs: 18%
Which Would you Rather Read?
Hunger Games: 38%
Twilight: 25%
ESPN Magazine: 38%
Do you Agree That Reading is Important?
Yes: 100%
No: 0%
If you Had a Choice of Reading or Watching TV, Which Would you Rather Do?
Read: 22%
Watch TV:78%
Which Category Interests you?
Sports: 16%
Love Story:36%
Fiction: 32%
Historical: 16%
Do you Think you Will Increase Your Amount of Reading by the End of the Year?
Yes: 89%
No: 11%
As I reflect on my students, I think that it is sad that I assumed that these kids would be worse then they were. I have learned that you can never judge kids on limited factors because really they are trying to understand and do well in school. I really appreciated how many kids like to read because I feel that that is the only way to get better academically and for many of them understand English faster. These kids are on the right track! 

I have posted a link to my results on Google Docs https://docs.google.com/a/cougars.csusm.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlYUKbVi_L7DdGFoZFEtQWlDVXhZNDJ4NmNzS2ZCX3c#gid=0