Sylvia Brooks, Kenya Conyers, Jennifer Williams
SEI/500 Structured English Immersion
October 22, 2012
Dr. Gretchen Meyer
Continuum of Strategies
Mrs. Brooks is a first grade teacher in Harvard Elementary School and this year she has twenty five students in her classroom. Of the twenty five students in her classroom, five are English Language Learners. These five students are all Spanish speaking but two are from Puerto Rico and three are of Mexican descent. Mrs. Books has found that two of the five children speak English also. Today’s lesson in Social Studies is titled Community Workers. In this lesson we will begin with the teacher centered strategy. The lesson will also include the teacher assisted, peer assisted, and student centered strategies. Teacher-Centered:
Mrs. Brooks began her lesson by using the teacher-centered strategy of lecture. She informed the children that they would begin a unit entitled Community Workers, and doing a picture walk from the book. Mrs. Brooks has everyone to put there finger on the title and repeat the title together “Community Workers”. Next she asks the students for suggestions as to who do they think is a community worker? Mrs. Brooks talks about each suggestion then tells the children to look at the pictures on the next page. The children are given thirty seconds to tell their partner the name of the person in the picture. Then the teacher tells them the correct way to say the name of person in English and proceeds to the next picture (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2008). The same process continues until the end of the story and the children can verbally identify the names of the community workers.
After the story is completed, Mrs. Brooks began using a teacher assisted strategy. Mrs. Brooks brought out several boxes and placed them on the table. The children stayed with his or her partner. Each group was given a box with the description of a...