Entering Into The Classroom : Understanding Of Literary Elements

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Entering into the classroom, I began writing a unit based on the different learning styles and IEPs present. Overall, I felt the unit went really well, especially after reviewing the student 's scores and unit goals. Although a few students did not meet the unit goals, this was either due to attendance or simply not doing the task, not a disconnect between the literature and required tasks. For this group, I added more handouts and individual work than I normally would due to the learning constraints in the room. After several attempts to have students work in groups, I learned that they simply cannot work in a group setting well. Several times, I had to improvise for students who were gone a lot due to sports, sickness, etc. However,…show more content…
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