Thursday, October 10, 2013

Comments4Teachers Post #2

Blog Title: One Principal's Musings
By: Julie Vincentsen

Capturing Struggling Readers

This post by Principal Vincentsen provides a solution to educators that have students who struggle with reading. Vincentsen tells that during an IEP meeting, a parent has great concerns because her son was frustrated because he was not able to read and talk about the same books that his peers were reading. The principal's solution to this problem was audio books, and at the end of her blog she provides links where audio books are accessible. My comment to this post went as follows:

"Principal Vincentsen,
I am an education major at the University of South Alabama. As you have already heard from previous comments, our class is learning how to implement technology into the classroom, and your blog post addresses the very problems we are learning in this class. I have a feeling that I will encounter a lot of parents like your sister and the one in the IEP meeting. Your post, as well as the audio book sources will be a great help to me in the future. I love the idea that these audio books may allow students who don’t enjoy reading to 'foster a love for literature separately from the mechanics of reading.' This will be a great advancement in motivating students to eventually enjoy reading."

Thank you Dr. King

Another post by Principal Vincentsen falls on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ms. Vincentsen focuses on how far we have come in public schools since the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954. It did take a while for society to see the "separate but equal" clause in effect but over sixty years later the change is finally apparent. My comment to this post went as follows:

"Principal Vincentsen,
As those before me, I am also a student of EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Your blog and video were great. I too am astonished at how far we have come as a nation in the past 60 years in civil rights. I have never compared the lyrics of Man In the Mirror to Dr. Kings beliefs, but they are well qualified. 'If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make the change.' This is a great message to our youth when bringing up 'leaders of tomorrow.' Thank you for your post!"

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