The middle school schedule and life has taken a few days to get adjusted to and by no means am I an expert; but that’s only part of my day. I also get to be in two elementaries to works with ELLs there. The beginning of the year for any ELL teacher is tough because we have to test all of our new students. One school was already completed for me by last years ELL teacher so I am grateful for that. I have two buildings to test beginning tomorrow morning with my middle school students.
What I have noticed since being in the middle school is that there is a lot of talking…talking by the teacher. The students are sitting while information is being thrown at them from every direction. WOW. I don’t know if I were an ELL student if I’d be able to follow along let alone survive.
I wonder why elementary school is so different than middle school. Why do students need to sit in their seats the whole time? Why do they need to be read aloud to by the teacher? Why can’t they listen to a read aloud by sitting on the floor as a group?
- Why do students need to sit in their seats the whole time?
- Get your students up and moving by using GoNoodle. You can find short little movement activities that will get your students active.
- Getting students to move and do things with their bodies, helps them learn. In Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn by Katrina Schwartz. She states many reasons why students need to up and moving in order to learn.
- Why do they need to be read aloud to by the teacher?
- In Reading Aloud — Is It Worth It? states that read alouds helps with the climate in the classroom, can help with comprehension and can be utilized in mathematics.
- In Best Ever Literacy Survival Tip: 72 Lessons You Can’t Teach Without by Lori D. Oczkus (Chapter 2), she gives some great suggestions for doing read alouds with your students. For example, pick books you like to read, set aside a consistent 15-20 minutes daily to read aloud and more.
- Why can’t they listen to a read aloud by sitting on the floor as a group?
- Research shows that some students learn more when they are moving instead of sitting still. In the article, Why do We Make Students Sit Still in Class?, Carolina Blatt-Gross states that some students use so much energy trying to sit still that they have none left for learning.
- Research written about in Education: Would you Like to Sit on the Floor? Research is showing that the environment in which people study can make a huge difference to the grades they attain. By Roger Callan, states that there are three different types of learners: global, analytic and integrated. He goes on to give specifics in each type and subtypes.
Students even in middle school should be read aloud to in class, should have the opportunity to get up and move and most importantly, students should not be expected to sit still during the day. I challenge you to incorporate one of the above mentioned items. Comment below to let me know how it’s going…