Philosophy of Education
Classroom Management Plan
Lesson Plan Reflections
During the Fall 2000 semester, I worked with a group of bilingual third-graders. One of their projects was to come up with a story, and then illustrate it in a book format. They dictated a short story, which I then wrote down.
One group illustrated the English version while the second group illustrated the Spanish. The point of this activity was to engage in free-writing, and as an assessment of the students' skills. I was surprised that most of the students had troubles with creating complete sentences and telling a cohesive story. Looking back, however, what I've learned about formal and casual language applies to these observations. In the "casual register," as it is called in Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty, tells stories in an episodic manner, and not from beginning to end. Students sucha s the ones I worked with, coming from a poverty-striken environment, will have no knowledge of the formal register.