Tutor profile: Meghan A.
How can you provide effective feedback for students on their papers, without emphasizing nit-picky items? How can you cater your feedback more effectively for ESL students?
One of the ways I have learned to be effective with all students but even moreso with ESL students is by emphasizing proofreading strategies. When students are ready to focus on the specific language in their writing piece, I try to ask questions such as: What do you normally have trouble with? How do you normally proofread for that? What are you specifically concerned about in this draft? Learning as much as I can about the student's specific difficulties and strategies can help me cater toward the things they are already working on, which will scaffold for additional challenges in the future. Together, the student and I concentrate on the errors that are most confusing first and then work on the less confusing errors, and we then develop proofreading strategies for them to use in the future.
Subject: Study Skills
What are the ways that you might integrate a student's visual learning skillset into a cohesive study plan?
To help a student retain information beyond surface level, utilizing their learning style can help create concrete knowledge integration that extends throughout life. I would help the student learning methods of taking "visual notes" creating special graphic organizers, and basic level art-activities like mini-books that can be utilized as essential study skills for a student throughout life.
What does it mean to include culturally relevant pedagogy into a classroom?
In a culturally relevant classroom, an educator works with students to understand their background, their current socioeconomic status, and personal preferences to create and implement curriculum that is relevant to their needs both inside and outside of the classroom. This pedagogy requires teachers to dedicate time to provide opportunities to increase the meaningful experiences of students through activities and conversation, to empower diversity in the classroom through the stimulation of diverse languages and cultures, and through constant reflection personally and with students to adapt and change with time and with the student body.
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