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How can you help Oleg in the content areas?


How can I help Oleg in Math?

We know Oleg is a very social young man who thrives on interaction. His success in school is dependent on his aural skills. While Oleg had very interrupted schooling in his home country of Moldova, he enjoys learning Algebra and Geometry. 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 Oleg challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Oleg's strengths in this setting?
4) As Oleg's Math teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Oleg's success?

How can I help Oleg in Science?

Oleg loves to learn new things and has an insatiable curiosity. Oleg has not trouble grasping scientific concepts when he is told the "story" of how something happens. However, Science tends to be a vocabulary laden, reading and writing dependent course. Science labs typically include multi-step processes that students need to understand in order to follow through. Take a few minutes to 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 Oleg challenged in this setting?
3) In what ways can you draw on Oleg's strengths in this setting?
4) As Oleg's Science teacher, what are the three key elements to his success in your classroom based on the resources he brings to school?
5) What is one pedagogical strategy you can implement to encourage Oleg's success?

How can I help Oleg in Social Studies?

Oleg is a people person, and he loves making connections about life stories. Social studies requires chronological thinking. Not only is there typically a large amount of independent reading required in most Social Studies classes, but this writing is typically from a textbook and laden with the passive voice, extensive use of pronouns and historical vocabulary and US governmental processes. Take a few minutes to consider:

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

How can I help Oleg in Health class?

Despite his curiosity about how things work, Oleg has a limited vocabulary about Health and Physical Education related topics. Most of his classmates grow up learning about hygiene, making choices, and mental health. Many of these topics are culturally based, and it is typically assumed that all students in the class have a basic understanding of these concepts. As a new student from a conservative culture where many body functions are not discussed, Oleg, does not understand some of the foundational health concerns in this country. Take a few minutes to consider:

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