Without the central ideas and figures of the Enlightenment, the United States would have been drastically different since these concepts shaped the country in its formative years. Both during and after the American Revolution many of the core ideas of the Enlightenment were the basis for monumental tracts such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Concepts such as freedom from oppression, natural rights, and new ways of thinking about governmental structure came straight from Enlightenment philosophers such as Locke and forged the foundations for both colonial and modern America. All aspects of life, even religion, were affected by the Enlightenment and many key figures from American history such as Thomas Jefferson were greatly influenced by the movement.
Wright is a comprehensive must have book when working with and teaching English Language Learners. I have used this book for three of four semesters while earning my ESL endorsement.
The book is designed and written in an easy to follow format and reading style while maintaining enough research and data to support Wright's suggestions and findings. My focus for this review will be on Chapter 5: In a time when the entire educational world is focused on Common Core State Standards and NCLB and the direct impact on the role of states, districts, schools, teachers and most important the education of our students, this chapter brings forward concerns, findings, suggestions and answers to over testing and most importantly how to meet the needs and accommodate our English Language Learners.
As I stated earlier the book has an easy to follow format that allows it to be used both a textbook and resource for teachers. Each chapter is introduced with a meaningful quote.
Being a philosophical person myself I am able to jump right into the author's point of view and purpose from the start. The bottom line question comes down to, "Well, what's going to help them do better on the test?
Wright also provides his readers with key terms and guiding questions; again a great way to narrow in and get focused on what is to come. As important as it is to know the format and the readability of a text it is equally if not more so important to know the answer to the questions, "What is in it?
And what will I take away from this chapter? Having an understanding of each is important but I do want to address the bias. Wright is quick to point out the obvious yet ignored fact that, "a test written in English is biased in favor of students who are native or fluent speakers of English and biased against those who are not" Wright, p.
This is a valid concern of many educators who work closely with ELL students. Wright doesn't just stop at pointing out the flaws in the system he ends the chapter discussing the testing requirements of ELL's the importance of demonstrating growth, accommodations for ELLs or the lack of and most important suggestions to help solve the current issues in testing, accommodating and meeting state and national performance requirements.
Wright strongly suggests the use of performance assessment systems that can measure growth rather than demonstrate what a student doesn't know.
This can be demonstrated through the use of performance portfolios. There is so much to this chapter alone that it is impossible to provide a adequate summary as well as encourage the purchase and use of this book for any educator involved in the education of English Language Learners in words or less.
It is much more reasonable and cost effective to purchase it.A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a system that creates an environment designed to facilitate teachers' management of educational courses for their students, especially a system using computer hardware and software, which involves distance learning.
In North America, a virtual learning environment is often referred to as a "learning management system" (LMS). Due to time constraints in my corner of the world (school started a week ago) I’m gonna have to shelve my typically softspoken online persona and get straight to it.
If you’d like to see assessment amount to more than a meaningless exercise in classroom control, if you’d like to see cheating. Writing Assessment: Paragraph Contents: 1.
List of Suggested Paragraph Topics Paragraph Checklist 5. Proofreading Symbols 6. Rubric for Scoring Paragraphs 7.
Samples of Other Intermediate Level Paragraphs * *Writing selections adapted from “MCC ESL Writing Across Levels" Explain the following prompt for the paragraph writing .
Saleh Younis (SAAY) has been writing about Eritrea since when he published "Eritrean Exponent", a quarterly print journal. His writing has been published in several media outlets including Dehai, Eritrean Studies Review, Visafric, Asmarino and, of course, Awate where his column has appeared since the launch of the website in Sep 04, · Tags: Assessment, baseline data, Composition, Data, Formative assessment, in class, Paragraph, Pre-assessment, pretest, Student, Writing I am starting my composition course with a self-assessment of the students’ ideas about writing.
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