Banner Activity: Perception vs. Reality
In this activity, students learned about the philosophical concept of perception vs. reality, as it is a common theme of classical literature. Students learned how literature tackles this central issue and tries to help us see reality in a multitude of different ways. This activity involved a hands-on experience with losing a sense or utilizing an alternate sense. In one scenario, students were partnered together—one blind and the other mute. The mute person could see the picture that the teacher wanted them to paint and had to help the blind person paint it. Some discussion took place afterward in order to help process difficulties that arise when there are significant gaps between perception and the world around us.
Students also brainstormed ways in which others could misperceive situations with other people based on this issue. They discussed what possible consequences or outcomes could occur and extended their learning by talking about how, after having done the activity, they could better empathize with perception issues of those around them.
Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction
The academic program for our schools encompasses four integrated areas: assessment; curricular methodologies, materials, and programs; instructional models and routines; and alignment with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
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EZ Reader Strip
This EZ Reader Strip highlights only the portion of text that the student is reading. This is beneficial because it helps dyslexic students and students with learning disabilities to ignore all the other words and zero in on the words in the “focus point.”
The High Road Academy of Prince George’s County uses the Glass Analysis method because it is a proven decoding and encoding strategy that increases vocabulary as well as reading fluency.
This approach helps students understand the components of language by breaking words into syllables for decoding and encoding purposes.
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!
Before anything, our students are taught to use the strategy of repetition. When a student is consistently working on a strategy or goal, they quickly learn to master it using repetition. Practice definitely makes perfect!