Reflection: ELL Students Round Robin Review (Unit 4/L1-6) - Section 2: The Activity

 

As I proctored a Social Studies Final exam, I was asked by a few students what words like, "resent", "deception", and "prevail" meant. I was even asked what the word "competent" meant, a word that has almost exactly the same spelling in spanish, and has the same meaning. I did not answer these and waited for their teacher to step into the room. I'd like to note that English is a second language for most my students but not all are ELLs. 

I thought about their questions and asked myself how many times I've given students math problems, or spoken math in class, over-estimating their knowledge of certain terms and unaware that in fact, they may have no idea what they mean. So I thought about my ways in the classroom with respect to keeping ELL students onboard. 

The language used in standardized test questions can be confusing, even to native English speakers. For this matter, when students are independently answering the round robin questions, I stroll around and glance in on what my ELL's are writing making sure they understand the questions. Like I've mentioned before, many will keep quiet and not say they don't understand a term. Sometimes, they might respond with an "I don't know" and teachers may be get frustrated thinking that the problem is one of attitude when in fact, they don't understand the question. So I try to rephrase the question, maybe making it more direct, or putting it into a more conversational style question, to help students respond. The message I want to give is that I trust their abilities and I am considerate about their language difficulties, but I still expect their participation. 

  Standardiazed test language and ELL students
  ELL Students: Standardiazed Test Language and ELL students
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Round Robin Review (Unit 4/L1-6)

Unit 4: Powers and Exponents
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: SWBAT answer and discuss challenging "Standardized Test" type questions related to concepts covered in class..

Big Idea: Tackling questions in Round Robin fashion is a great way to review and practice for standardized exams.

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