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  1. 1. By: Yazmin Méndez Maya West Writing Project
  2. 2. <ul><li>My name is Yazmin Méndez. I have a BA in Teaching English as a Second Language in the Secondary Level with Multimedia Technology from UPR-Aguadilla. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently I am studying my MAEE in UPR- Mayagüez </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>I have been a teacher of English in the secondary level for two years. </li></ul><ul><li>My first year I started teaching English in a private school but decided to accept a position as “Maestra de Apoyo” at Manuel García Pérez High School in Rincón. Here I assisted low proficient students from grades 10 th , 11 th and 12 th . </li></ul><ul><li>From this experienced that lasted just a couple of months I learned how to create bonds with students and motivate them to do their best. At the same time I got to know the attitudes of the students at this level and how difficult is to get their attention. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>That same year in November, I accepted a position as 7 th grade teacher in the Jorge Seda Crespo Junior High School, but after a situation I ended up team teaching 8 th grade with one of the teachers that has influenced me the most. This experience was really enriching for me because I got to learn from an experienced teacher, how I could engage my students to learn using whatever was at hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Also the students from this level where really different from the ones I had in high school and I understood that impacting the students of this age was crucial and that I felt it was in junior high school where I belobged. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>This year I had the opportunity to teach English 8 th in S.U. Epifanio Estrada School from September- April 15, 2009. This school is located in the rural area of Aguada (Jagüey chiquito) in a peaceful community with support and participation of the parents and a good administration. </li></ul><ul><li>It was the first time I was going to be teaching alone in the classroom. The first semester I did not had a classroom which was very difficult for me. The second semester I took a little wooden classroom after the Health teacher left her position. Here I was happy, I had no one around me and I could do many activities. It was great! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>My vision is that my students improve their writing skills so hopefully they can use writing as a powerful tool of communication and as a way of acting upon what happens in our society. My mission is to let my students know that writing is a vehicle to communicate what we feel, to inform what happens in our communities and countries and to try to contribute in transforming and changing the world around us. Also, make them realize that writing liberates us from ignorance and helps us to be aware of the situations that happen around the world. In addition, writing helps us to create bonds, remember events and experiences and advice other people. Moreover, it is an excellent way of expressing our thoughts, emotions, feelings and liberating ourselves from angers, deceptions problems. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>I believe that as a teacher it is my responsibility to exploit the creative potential of my students and that through writing and other mediums I can accomplish it. </li></ul><ul><li>I am a teacher who socializes students into the world, make them view that writing gives power in our own communities and abroad, and that writing can offer possibilities for change. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>In my classroom I use: </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Art and Crafts </li></ul><ul><li>Guided reading </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Buddies </li></ul><ul><li>Solving Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Individual work </li></ul><ul><li>Dictations </li></ul><ul><li>Reading-Writing Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Reader´s Response </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic units </li></ul><ul><li>Writing different types of genres </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In an ordinary day in my class, the first ten minutes are dedicated to reflect by using a “Thought of the Day” or engaging in a dialogue about something that happened the previous day. </li></ul><ul><li>Guided by the teacher the students summarize the previous class and are introduced to the new concepts or skills of the day. </li></ul><ul><li>The students read or work on practices exercises to apply what they have learned and assess their strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher and students discuss the exercises or share their work. The students express their final thoughts about what has been studied and also the doubts or concerns that they may still have about it. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>My teaching is grounded in the following theories: </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatism, Existentialism, Marxism and Reconstructionism. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The school must be a model in miniature of society.” “Students cannot be taught what they need to know, but they can be coached.”(Dewey) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Men need to transcend the world, and the world needs to be transcended and utilized by men.”(Heidegger) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Men creates himself by the creative act of his labor.”(Marx) </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>“ Authentic liberation-the process of humanization-is not another deposit to be made in men. Liberation is praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.” (Freire) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The teacher is no longer one who teaches but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach.” (Freire) </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the dialogical, problem-posing teacher-student, the program content of education is neither a gift nor an imposition—bits of information to be deposited in the students—but rather the organized, systematized, and developed “re-presentation” to individuals of the things about which they want to know more.” (Freire) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Thought and language are reciprocal, what we call something affects how we think about it and the attitudes we have towards it.” (Vygotsky) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cognitive experiences have their origins in social relationships and are immersed in a sociocultural environment.” (Vygotsky) </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>The use of poetry … </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>A poem is a very personal form of writing in which you share a specific thought, feeling, or experience in a special way. </li></ul><ul><li>Poems are written in lines and stanzas. </li></ul><ul><li>Poets create word pictures using sensory details or comparing different things. </li></ul><ul><li>Also they arrange words to stand out certain sounds by repeating certain consonant and vowel sounds to help make their poems pleasing to the ear. </li></ul><ul><li>Other times poems use free verse which does not follow a specific form and does not have to rhyme. </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>A Letter Poem is like a letter but shaped into a poem. Like letter themsleves they start with a greeting and end with a signining. </li></ul><ul><li>The main qualities of the letter poems come from who the letter is addressed to and who signs it. Also the relationship between the writer and the receiver. </li></ul><ul><li>In a letter poem you are not writing to make plans, or to exchange news or ask something. You are writing to say something interesting and to say it in a not-prose way. </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Dear Polluted Lake, </li></ul><ul><li>I see you struggle each day </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to push filth away; </li></ul><ul><li>Pushing bloated fish towards shore </li></ul><ul><li>Not wanting garbage dumped anymore! </li></ul><ul><li>Boats travel with empty brains at their wheel </li></ul><ul><li>As they toss cans and papers for your meal. </li></ul><ul><li>My dear friend, I miss our silent talks </li></ul><ul><li>Or those calming meditated walks. </li></ul><ul><li>I miss just sitting at your side </li></ul><ul><li>Soaking my feet while I confide </li></ul><ul><li>About all my worries and hopes and now </li></ul><ul><li>I have to wonder… </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any hope left for you? </li></ul><ul><li>Your worried friend </li></ul><ul><li>Lori Lm </li></ul>