Essay on Students Meet The Criterion For The Objective

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1. Did the student meet the criterion for the objective? Explain.
During the assessment and the instruction period the student very much wanted to spell each word and had trouble understanding the concept of counting the individual sounds. However, in the end she did accomplish the task, but it felt a little as if she were sometimes guessing rather than feeling very certain of the concept. Although she is intelligent and literate in her native language, the concept of phonemes (vs. phonics) was very new to her and she would benefit from more instruction than could be provided in a thirty minute session. Also, the exercise of saying words slowly or saying each sound individually caused her to giggle in seeming embarrassment. In this instance, I feel that first language literacy and age, that is, lacking freedom from inhibitions like a child, caused the student to think too hard about the task and try to make it more difficult than it was. It begs the question of if, or when, is phonemic awareness not needed for a person literate in another language and, can lessons at such a remedial level actually be harmful or distracting to the learning process?

2. What went well? Describe.
The lesson was successful in terms of relationship building wherein we had a good rapport and the session was very friendly. We also had a nice conversation about our families and about my Spanish skills, which seemed to encourage her and help her to understand that everybody is learning…

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