Throughout the readings for this week, there was one that I connected with the most. The reading titled “Building Better Instruction” really hit home with me and made me reflect on the lessons that I do each day with the kindergarteners at my school. I teach four and five year old children, so the one thing that I have to keep in mind throughout my teaching is versatility and creativity. I cannot teach in the same manner every day, or teach with the same learning strategy in mind all of the time. To keep my lessons interesting and to keep the children engaged, I take notice to all of their different learning strategies and I gear my lessons towards them each day. One day I might do a lesson catered to the visual learners by drawing a picture of what I am teaching or showing a diagram. The next day I may play Spanish music or play an audio of people speaking Spanish for my audio learners. The next day I will have the students move around the room and play games, or I will have the students dance to cater to my kinesthetic learners. My students adapt to the learning styles and thrive when given new material each day.
In the reading “Building Better Instruction”, the author talks about nonlinguistic representations. I agree with this portion of the reading because I know that all students learn in various ways and teaching should be represented in such ways that vary from just a teacher giving a lecture. Students will have more success and a better appreciation for learning when given opportunities that enhance their academic achievement.