I am employed as a teachers’ assistant. During my employment, I am also working on completing my teaching degree in elementary education at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. In the current pandemic’s troubling times, students are having many difficulties in completing online classwork on the days where virtual coursework is required. As a result, many students are not confidently completing enough practice at home to reinforce concepts presented by their teachers in the class. In fact, from my classroom observations in the seven classes I help service, I would estimate that close to 80 percent of students are not acquiring mastery of concepts in Mathematics and English Language Arts. Additionally, many students demonstrate a lack of the ability to successfully follow directions on worksheets, benchmarks, and other classwork.
My goal is to research best practices that can be turned into PowerPoint presentations, flashcards, and printable PDFs that can be laminated. These best practices would be geared toward virtual literacy, axioms for conducting oneself as master mathematicians, and ELA mastery of comprehension and fluency. It is also the intention of these practices to help rescue some of the many points that seem to be needlessly thrown away on many of their assignments due to a lack of proper completion behaviors. These best practices would be numbered by order of importance and ranking of conduct through behaviors at the beginning of class/homework until its completion. The difference between these best practices and others that have already been implemented in schools is that each rule will be stated and unpacked. In the unpacking, the expected outcomes would be explicitly delineated to highlight the benefits of making each best practice their own. My goal is to write these unpacked explanations in a tone that is not condescending to each student but written in a manner that is easily understood and absorbed to get a complete buy-in. I aim to build their confidence in classwork and homework completion stamina.
These “rules” are bred from real-life situations I have encountered in class and pulled from anecdotal interactions I have had with so many teachers I have served. They can be studied and practiced as a part of their morning work, much in the way monks might take a moment for morning meditation and changed out weekly or as conceptual understanding has been mastered. The overall goal is to improve assignment completion behaviors, which will give teachers more information to guide their lesson planning in the lessons to come. I would use this grant to help me pay for materials and software that I require to craft these products to advertise these combined tools for teachers everywhere. Additionally, this grant would go toward paying my tuition for my last courses in my education degree. I thank you most kindly for your consideration.
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