Responses To Discussion 5 essay

Jacqueline

Psalm 139:7-10 informs me that wherever we are God is! As Maker and Creator of all things, He already knows exactly where we are. He knows our ins and out, and our comings and goings are no surprise to Him. He is there as promised never to leave us and never to forsake us. This is a matter of trusting Him with our lives especially since He knows best! We do this by surrendering our all to Him – spirit, soul, body, and mind and allow Him to intervene. Sharing a personal relationship with God lets me know who is in charge. Although I know me – He knows me better. Given that, I feel quite comfortable letting go and giving Him full jurisdiction in my life. This is a place where there is no fear, doubt, or uncertainty. In Him there is knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. With the Lord on my side, it makes me privy to the promises and blessing. Therefore, I give Him me. With Him I will get there, and my students will follow – I will keep them prayed up.

Reading comprehension can be challenging for some students K-12; especially if they miss mastering early literacy skills, there can be a problem later in higher levels/grades. The Christian thing to do is, be careful in this area because students get embarrassed easily especially with reading comprehension. We must approach this gently and not break their spirit for learning. Some students’ shutdown because they do not understand what they read. As teachers, Christian and non-Christian, education is about teaching to the core! Intervening early is necessary. Reteaching some skills…sounds, syllables, decoding using imaginary things – pictures, drawings etc. sight words, red words compound wording, beginning, middle and ending sounds, blends, diagraphs, rhyming words to increase vocabulary, etc. Once we analyze the situation. Remediation/Intervention is indeed warranted…

1. Find the missing link (in reading skills), Dr. Rafael says, “tap into what they already know. Review what they have learned from previous assignments.” I agree!!

2. Access reading level

3. Recommend Remediation/Intervention.

4. Send reading material home.

5. Make recommendations to parents. Read to your child daily, and if possible incorporate tutoring – a literacy coach.

The relevance and integration of reading comprehension is important in all levels of education. I also believe the foundation must be rock solid to build and move onward to higher levels of comprehension. If a student misses the concepts, rules, and stages of reading, reteaching must take place. Those early childhood reading skills carry students to the next level of reading with understanding and comprehending what is read. Remediation/Intervention is indeed warranted. I truly enjoyed Dr. Rafael’s article!

Shari

Psalm 139 talks about God’s omnipotent and all-knowing character (Psalm 139 KJV). God’s loving nature and His glory, along with his wonderful works will shine through your work if you believe it will. As Christian teachers, we have to show our students the other side of a secular teacher or classroom. God will take the time to get to know us inside and out. God created each one of us in our own unique form and fashion. We were created in his image while being fearfully and wonderfully made. He took his time to get to know how many hairs we would have on our head, weather we would be short or tall, black or white, saved or unsaved. That is what he is expecting us to do for each of our students. If God could do it for a whole world of people, why can’t we do it for just a classroom full? God did all of that and still added in making sure that we know, as Christians, that he loves us unconditionally and will always be there to take care of us, no matter what.

John 14:12-17 talks about how we as Christians are just “borrowing” the tools we have and the activities we are performing. Teaching is an activity sort of that God has allowed us to borrow as a form of ministering to others and spreading his love, words, and works through education. Some non-Christian teachers are in the profession just for the money, positions, authority, and praise. They do not possess or administer the same values as a Christian teacher would. Secular teachers do not give out the same love, patience, guidance, and nurture as a Christian teacher. This may not be done intentionally, but a Christian teacher may now the difference quicker than a secular one would. If we do what God wants us to do, the way he wants us to do it, all of our hard work and dedication would not go unnoticed or come off as a fail process.

Our work that we do as Christians goes into believe, faith, and trust in God and understanding that if we do the goodness of his work, we will not fail. One of the passages talks about using prior knowledge before introducing a new reader or technique. If we use the prior knowledge that we have about God and integrate it into our teaching and learning new skills and strategies in reading, we will have an effective and successful classroom of students. God does not make promises he does not keep. He picks his people and place them in positions that he wants us to be in. I know and believe with everything in me that God chose me to be an educator, and a GREAT one!! If I just follow his directions like the way we want our students to follow directions in the classroom, I know I will be that GREAT educator.

As a secular teacher, we want things the way we want them, when and how we want them. In the passage it gives strategies on before, during, and after reading. I look at that as a process that teachers and students have to go through to become successful in the teaching and learning of the changes required in instruction and assessment in reading comprehension. There is also a process that God takes through to make sure that we are successful at what he wants us to be or do. God planned and directed me to wait 26 years after graduating from high school, a husband, two daughters, and 3 grand-kids later before He allowed me two receive my bachelors in education. Finally, in Dec. of 2019, I walked that stage at Thara Mara Hall and received my degree from Belhaven. It was one of the BEST days of my life. I know that I had worked very hard academically, but to KNOW that it wasn’t nobody but God that brought me through all that I had been through to get on that stage and receive my degree is enough to make me cry and shout!! I give God all the praise and glory!!! We have to believe and hold on to our faith. We are never denied maybe just a little delayed. I wanted to go into the master’s program directly after receiving my bachelors, but God said it was not my turn yet. He planned and directed me to wait until now to enter the master’s program. We have to be able to trust and have faith in God’s timing and process. There is nothing that God will not do for us but we must first trust, believe, and have faith. Nothing last without faith. We learned or already knew that interventions are not ever lasting. We must continue to give students long-term training in reading. Our faith in God has to be long-term in order to ensure that we are doing what God wants us to do and the way He wants us to do it.

If we do God’s work in the same awesome, loving, nurturing, all-knowing, and glorified way that God does, we will never fail. Keep God’s commandments, follow directions, be patient, have and keep the faith, and watch God take you places you never even dreamed of. He will provide you with every borrowed tool and skill you need to do His work even greater than He. Get to know your students inside and out, show them that the love of God and the love you have for them is all the same. Show your students the same patience, understanding, nurture, and perseverance you have for God with them. Show God that you are willing to be a vessel for him and watch him provide for you and your students.

Sherika

I believe a Christian and a non-Christian will approach reading comprehension, and the changes required in instruction and assessment the same for the most part. If they are teaching because it is their calling or passionate about helping others, they will always put their best foot forward. Each teacher will be responsible for finding out what it is their students know and don’t know. They have to be willing to put in the work to try to make sure that each of their students is comprehending what they are reading. A good way to help their students understand what they are reading is by writing down the words and the definition from the story they are about to read to give the students better comprehension of the story. The one thing that both the non-Christian and Christian will probably have is students who want to learn or feel they cannot learn. The difference between a non-Christian and a Christian, I believe, is a Christian will still try to push forward even when things seem to get hard or their students are not comprehending. A Christian teacher will see the light outside the tunnel. They will look for guidance from their pastor, family, other teachers, and even administration to help them move the students forward. They will try to find a different teaching method to see if that will help their students. A non-Christian teacher will most likely complain about the students not getting what they are teaching or explaining. They will feel like they are doing everything they need to do, but the students haven’t done their part.

Ryan

Remediation is the act of providing correction education, whereas assessment is the evaluation of something. Weak students need remediation and assessment to check support and check their progress. Remediation approaches include the instructional process, which helps the student in mastering arithmetic skills of addition and subtraction, which motivates the student to gain conceptual and procedural knowledge through manipulative and drawing. This is different from the CRA model that emphasizes direct involvement of teachers, but rather teachers are encouraged to provide a learning environment facilitating the use of constructivist approaches(Bryant et al., 2008; Flores, 2009)· Conceptual and procedural approach is where students are encouraged to construct their knowledge through active participation. Rittle Johnson, Siegler, and Alibaba, 2001 suggested that traditional and new methods should be emphasized during instruction to enable students to optimally and become procedurally proficient as they have more cognitive resources to apply. (Rey S, Lindquist, Lambdin &Smith 2007) Assessment approaches include performance assessment. Students are allowed to demonstrate what they have to solve complex problems through teamwork, and portfolios assessment, where documentation of what students have learned is done to reveal their progress and allow for self-assessment. In the care where a Christian teacher does the remediation class according to John 14:12 and Psalms 139:7, the teacher will reference all the support coming from God. In contrast, the non-Christian teacher will relate all the efforts t themselves.

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