243. I am a Migrant Education Instructional Aide and would like help with the most effective way to increase students’ reading levels when you only see them twice a week for 30 minutes.
I assure you that if I knew the answer to your question I would have solved one of the greatest academic problems in the world!!!
Thirty minutes of reading instruction twice a week (or one hour per week), is NOT enough time to effectively help students increase their reading levels. I suggest you need to talk to your teacher(s), local administrator(s), or state administrator(s) about this less-than-minimum time allocation to effectively assist students with their English-reading instruction –especially if the students are older students who can maintain their attention for MORE than 30 minutes at a time.
If the migrant students you are trying to help
receive daily English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction where the
language of the daily content area lessons if fully developed, AND
if the migrant students’ content area teachers
provide effective and efficient Specially Designed Academic Instruction in
English (SDAIE) using appropriate instructional modifications,
then, providing additional assistance for 30 minutes twice a week to INDIVIDUAL students may be helpful, especially if your assistance is fully coordinated with the work that the ESL teacher or content area teachers provide AFTER your help.
At any rate, there are a number of key ideas that you may wish to keep in mind as you provide the very limited help you are trying to provide:
You need to be working in total cooperation with either the migrant students’ ESL teacher or their content area teachers.
I would strongly recommend that you clearly explain the key features of an effective program to those that have designed the migrant tutorial program you have described in your question.
If the migrant students you are trying to help do not have
an ESL teacher or
if their content area teachers do not know how to implement effective and
efficient SDAIE instructional modifications, AND
if these migrant students are falling behind in their academic progress and
if they are failing their classes because of their reading difficulties,
I would emphatically state that these migrant students need a lot MORE help and a lot MORE effective and efficient help than the less-than-minimum help you are currently providing. Please, bring the migrant students’ situation to the attention of the educators legally responsible for providing a program that meets the needs of these students and that allow these students to receive an equal educational opportunity and equal access to the core curriculum.
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