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How can you engage Iris in meaningful learning experiences in the content areas?


How can I help Iris in Math?

Iris has had consistent schooling and has done well in Math. She has considered a career in accounting. She has a keen sense of detail and works hard to earn excellent grades in school. Because Iris is so quiet, it is easy to assume that she understands everything, but she will not ask questions, she will simply struggle to get the right answer. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical Math classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Iris challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Iris's strengths in this setting?
4) As Iris's Math teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources she brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Iris's success?

How can I help Iris in Science?

Iris was successful in her Science classes in Mexico. However, she is intimidated by the amount of new vocabulary and new information. Brenda is very attentive during the mini-lectures at the beginning of class but usually can not follow along. She is unable to take cohesive notes, and typically writes down one or two English words that she does understand. Iris is very detail oriented, so once she understands her tasks in the labs, she is able to complete them well. Please consider:

1) What does a typical Science classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Iris challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Iris's strengths in this setting?
4) As Iris's Science teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources she brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Iris's success?

How can I help Iris in Social Studies?

Iris has always thought History classes were "boring" and she does not enjoy learning about what happened to "all those people a long time ago who are dead now". Her current class, American History, involves a lot of information that seems quite irrelevant to Brenda. With the heavy reading at grade level has her frustrated and ready to give up. Take a few minutes to consider:

1) What does a typical American History classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Iris challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Iris's strengths in this setting?
4) As Iris's American History teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources she brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Iris's success?

How can I help Iris in Intro to Business class?

Iris is very excited to take an Intro to Business class, as she imagines herself working in the business field. The course is typically very project based, where students are expected to work on various tasks in small groups. This does worry Iris, as she is afraid she does not speak enough English to communicate well, and she is somewhat shy. When thinking about strategies to help Iris in this context, please consider:

1) What does a typical project based classroom look like? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of class?
2) In what ways is Iris challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Iris's strengths in this setting?
4) As Iris's Intro to Business teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources she brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Iris's success?