H2—Honor student access to content material.

Hello everyone,

I think that this is one of the most important standards when it comes to giving the student the best shot at learning the new material that you are trying to get them to understand. I think access to content material is something that we need to keep in mind while teaching. Not everyone learns by listening to you speak or not speak. I think that a wide range of material should be provided for the sake of the student.

I remember when I was in middle school and we were reading really hard books for me (I was 3 years behind reading wise) and I had no idea what some of the new terms where, and I asked for more material to figure out what the terms where, I even asked the teacher what they meant. However I was told that it would hold the class back from getting ahead. But I knew that a page of terms and definitions would have helped quite a few people in the class. In fact, I believe that materials like that should be provided to students, and when I become a teacher I plan to do just that. Not only do I plan to do that, but I plan to give students materials that would help them learn through using materials that cater to their individual learning styles.

Thanks for reading,

Hannah Hawley

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3 thoughts on “H2—Honor student access to content material.

  1. Hi Hannah,
    I really enjoyed your perspective on the H2 Principle and can honestly say when I read the principle, I did not think of it from this angle. Accessing content material goes beyond affording supplies and textbooks, it is the educator’s responsibility to provide students with various approaches to the topic being studied in class, especially when reading a book as a class (like your experience). I remember in high school, I had one teacher that sent a link to a website where the books we were reading in class were free audiobooks, so for the auditory learners, they could listen to it while following along in their book; and for the books that were not on the website, she recorded herself reading it! I really appreciated that resource for us because it was extremely helpful and was a different way to understand the material for a more individualized teaching. Anyways, I enjoyed your point about having multiple resources for the topics being taught in class, because ultimately learning is not “one size fits all”! Thank you for sharing!
    Jennifer

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  2. In addition to providing materials, I think honoring access also includes what else the students know. Like, if you are reading a book on navigation and exploration, maybe there are students in the class who sail. Being in the Pacific Northwest, it seems like there will be a good chance of that. So, inviting students to share their knowledge of sailing and water charts. By doing this, teachers aren’t the only holder of knowledge.

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