Literacy And Comprehension

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Promoting Literacy and Comprehension The ways of traditional teaching are a thing of the past. In today’s classrooms teachers are working hard to find new and exciting ways to engage the students, promote learning, comprehension and writing. However, even with the stimulating activities and lessons students will continue to ask the same question, “Why do I have to learn this? When will this ever be a part of real life?” Teachers must be prepared to explain to their students exactly how math, reading, science, and history will all be a used outside of a classroom setting and in the real world. For example, teachers should shine light on how studying algebra actually develops stronger problem solving skills and leads students into a deeper level of thinking. If students were to see that even if they do not solve specific algebraic equations in their lives outside of algebra class, the skills that are gained by thinking on a higher level will allow them to be successful on many different levels. In today’s technology driven society relating the content to the students grows increasingly more difficult. Students in the modern classroom communicate and “operate within what they came to call “mulitiliteracies””, meaning students speak in a way that is used in computer and text message language (Ryan 192). Even in the young grades, teachers need to relate the content in which they are teaching in every way possible. Authentic instruction is a wonderful strategy to use in the classroom, to show students the importance of the content at hand. Along with authentic instruction, teachers can use various strategies to help the students organize their thoughts and the information they have read. Authentic instruction is often defined by teachers and preservice teachers as being interesting, motivating, fun, relevant topics (Duke, Gates, Hall, Tower, 345). Simply this is a
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