EDSS 555: Sociocultural Aspects of Schooling for ELs

One of the social issues that students can face in high school is teasing and/or bullying.  English Learners can be targets for this kind of behavior from their peers simply because there language deficit makes them a little different from most other students.  To prevent this type of behavior in my class, I plan to implement a teambuilding unit that I learned from my cooperating teacher this semester.  In the first two weeks of school, we taught our students about the principles of R.O.A.R. (Roles, Objectives, Affirmations, Respect).  The most important aspects of this unit will be the use of affirmations and respect on a daily basis.  Teaching these concepts to students at the beginning of the school year allows us to refer back to them to ensure that students are behaving appropriately.  While my hope is that students apply these principles throughout their lives, at the very least I can use this teambuilding unit to ensure that there is social justice and equality in my class.

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