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Constructivist Instruction: The student is viewed as an active participant in their own learning. The student will use personal experiences to influence and shape learning ( Ying-Tien , 2005)
Reading Activities for Constructivist Instruction:
Teaching students new vocabulary by using various picture visual aids. If the student has difficulty reading the word the visual aid will represent the word. Using familiar words will allow the students to use vocabulary from their own experiences and make a connection between the word, picture and experiences.
Students will read a book and then be dispersed into small groups. Within the small groups students will discuss their reading and create another story with similar elements. This will allow students to bring their own experiences to the table and take an active role in their learning.
Assessment for Constructivist Reading:
A student kept journal based upon the readings in class. This will allow students to take control of their learning while reflecting on the presented information.
Reading portfolios made for each student. These portfolios would include sample work and teacher notes on observations of the student in the classroom in regards to reading. This will serve as a great tool during conferences with parents to show students strengths and weaknesses.
Classroom discussion based on the readings in class. This would showcase the students knowledge and understanding of the information presented. Students would also be able to take an active role in contributing their thoughts and ideas.

Explicit Instruction: Teacher directed learning will be observed in explicit instruction (Goeke, 2009). Educators will utilize tools such as demonstration and explanation to teach reading skills and strategies to students. To further extend learning…...

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