The principal goal for all students is to achieve their own highest level of success in supportive classrooms, taught by teachers who give them the tools to overcome obstacles and learn to their fullest potential. Although success means different things to different people, most people agree on certain common factors as important components of success, including positive family and peer relationships, self-approval, academic success, and a sense that one’s life has meaning and value. What makes teachers true educators is their acknowledgment, appreciation, and respect for students’ differences.
Students’ diverse intelligence, talents, skills, interests, and backgrounds enrich our schools and our lives as teachers. Many of today’s classrooms are more diverse than ever, including as they do students with different learning abilities. What we consider a disability for a student in one situation may be a difference that enriches that student’s learning experience in another situation. Using questioning as a tool allowed students to different views and knowledge. Applying what they have learned and constructing helpful experiments supported their learning. Using charts allowed them to link what they were experimenting with statistics. By comparing their results to the information on the charts, students were able to find better results. Encouraging students then to report their finding by presenting their results using a power point.
Giving clear instruction and following up by using a rubric supported the students to follow exactly what they were asked to test. As a result, students were able to work independently and use effective strategies for finding facts and taking notes. One real advantage of teamwork is building different skills special students will low literacy skills. Applying what the four students have learned to their real-life situations at home made them all link what they have learned and how to apply it.Deci and Ryan (1992); Eccles et al (1998); Schunk and Zimmerman (1997); Wigfield (1997) as cited in Guthrie and Wigfield (2000), suggests that current motivation focuses on the values, goals, and beliefs of each individual.I have concluded from reading Irvin, Meltzer, and Dukes (2007) that providing students with different strategies for learning the vocabulary and reading the text, as a result, allows students to complete their assignment. Additionally, in a chapter in the Handbook of Reading Research, Guthrie (2000) says that engaged reading is a blend of both motivation and thoughtfulness.
Therefore, engaging learners in the results and letting them listen to a local Scientist and government official talks allowed them to use their visual skills to learn. Moreover, by addressing the problem and listening to different opinions for finding a solution, students were more engaged and interested in the research they are doing.