Teaching English Methods Reflective Journal Entry #1
What are two or three of the most important skills you can teach a student in an English classroom? Why are they the most important? How might you impart these skill to your class?
I believe, the most important skills I can teach a student in an English classroom are: communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. These three skills are important for the workplace, further education in public school, higher education in college; as well as life in general.
These skills could be taught through giving students relevant, daily opportunities to practice. Through activities such as literature and text master circles; students would be allowed to find their voice, learn material in collaboration with other students, and analyze their own readings as well as others to enhance their critical thinking skills. In addition, communication skills will be increased through these in written form in preparation and orally when participating in the activity.