Today is the first day of class and I am going to be teaching a lesson to my Kindergarten class about comprehension and collaboration from Common Core State Standards. The goals that I will help these students work towards are: “CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1a Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions. (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1b Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood” (Common Core State Standards, 2010, k-5 Reading: Literature).
To insure that these students are receiving the best education that they possibly can I will use the principles of cognitive psychology and describe the ways that I will incorporate several instructional strategies. Elaboration, prior knowledge, and visual imagery are strategies that will be included. Definitions of these three strategies from Educational Psychology Developing Learners (Ormrod, 2012), will be introduced to identify their importance. Prior Knowledge is relating a new topic to something the students may already know. Elaboration is when learners use their prior knowledge to embellish on a new idea. Visual imagery is when a student forms a mental picture of an object or ideas (Ormrod, 2012 pgs. 193-196).
In my classroom all students are here to learn regardless of any special arrangements needed to help them get the best education they are entitled to. It is my job to provide this education to them in the best way possible. I will include examples of how this will be done with modifications to the lessons that are planned for every student in my class. To begin I will introduce my students.
There are 15 kids that make up my kindergarten class. Most of these kids are from middle class income families and some are from the lower class. One child is in a wheelchair with average learning abilities. There is one child who has Attention Deficient hyper active disorder. A couple students are having some difficulties with mild learning disabilities. The lesson to be used today is based on the book “Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes” Written by Eric Litwin. The classroom seating chart is developed to help the students who need to sit up front an opportunity to do so and to alternate the genders. I will be in front of class and if a teaching assistant is present they will be in the back of the room. This is an image of my seating chart and room dynamics.