For my final reflection on fieldwork, I am going to focus on the Teacher Consultant classroom. Adriana, along with two other students from her class, gets pulled out of the regular room to go work on their reading skills. Since I was focusing on Adriana for my case study, I thought it would be beneficial to see what she does when she is pulled out. During this time, students take a bottom-up approach to learning. They are breaking the English language down into very small pieces. Something that they do every day is go over the rules to spelling and pronunciation. They have a list of rules written on the board, and each day as they review the rules, they have hand motions to go along with it. Each week a new rule is introduced. You can watch this video of the students practicing the rules while doing the hand motions to go with it. (Please excuse the awful quality of the video! I guess I didn’t realize I was turning my phone while recording. Hopefully you can still get the idea!) http://youtu.be/ZWs_DBYjdyI
The idea behind this strategy is that by doing motions along with the sounds, it gets their brain more active and they are more likely to remember the rules and the exceptions to the rules. The strategy seems to work and Adriana really excels in this classroom. After they review the rules, they go over the words that they are focusing on for that particular week. These spelling words use the rule that they are focusing on that week, too. So if they are focusing on long a, there will be words such as say, day, play, etc. In the following video, the rule that they are focusing on for the week is consonant blends. (Again, sorry for the bad quality!) http://youtu.be/oM6zSRCWhqo
This half hour time slot is very beneficial to the students. They get one on one time with the teacher which helps them to get the attention they need in order to learn. Adriana seems to excel in this classroom and be a lot more confident in herself. I also think this classroom is great because it allows the struggling readers to slow down and focus on the small parts of reading and writing. Most of what these students do in the normal classroom is top down and fast paced. This allows these students to feel like they are drowning in all the words, but now they can have a better grasp of what is going on.