Literacy Digital Interview Response



so my approach to teaching literacy is a student-led balanced literacy program so my balance literacy program includes the instructions of all four components of the ontario literacy curriculum so this includes oral communication reading writing and media literacy so I'm able to incorporate all four components of the literacy curriculum in my daily instruction using a daily 5 literacy program so am i the daily 5 literacy program was influenced by an associate teacher I was working with in a junior level classroom as well as my teacher education courses so this daily 5 literacy program involves five centers where students rotate between so these centers include reading to self reading to someone listening to reading work on writing and any media literacy work that I provide so my balanced literacy program also includes a gradual shift of responsibility from myself the teacher onto the student so this means as a teacher I'm using instructional scaffolding to aid my student learning so to give an example of my balanced literacy program on how I scaffold learning in terms of reading first I would begin modeling reading using a whole class read aloud then I model explicit reading skills through a shared reading experience with my students so for example this could be something like a large text that I'm reading with the student so they can share in the reading experience with me next I will help students develop proficiency and reading fluency through small guided reading and then lastly I let students practice their reading secrete skills through their independent reading so therefore my balanced literacy programs students learn as a whole class in small groups one-on-one with the teacher as well as independently so my approach to teaching literacy is not only balance but student-led this is because my literacy program affects students interests levels and needs and strengths so I developed backwards design unit plans as well as three-part lesson plans from the Ontario curriculum standards as well as student levels and interests so this includes strategies that reflect a Universal Design for Learning and that's because of the diversity of students that we have in Ontario classrooms so some of the Universal Design for Learning strategies included in my literacy program include things like collaborating with students to create success criterias for activities as well as using assistive devices or providing students with specific feedback based on that work and my balanced literacy program also includes culturally relevant pedagogy and using my students funds of knowledge to ensure that they feel included and represented in their curriculum as well as through my practicum experiences I've learned that the best way to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy in my classroom is to build honest and caring relationships with my students so that I can learn from them so lastly my balanced literacy program is also student-led because it is inquiry based and includes digital literacy instruction so this is in order to give my students real-world opportunities for using their reading writing oral communication and media literacy skills so I incorporate project and inquiry based activities because of the benefits they have for students so some of these benefits includes giving students deeper topical knowledge as well as using real-world problem-solving skills overall my student led Fowler's the program contains all the elements that I have discussed because they align with the tenants of what successful education is as outlined by the Ontario government in the growing success document so this is because my program reflects Ontario curriculum expectations it's equitable for all students supports all learners is very openly communicative with students provides multiple opportunities for students to express and demonstrate their learning provides explicit feedback and also develop some self assessment skills

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