• Can integrating the theory of multiple intelligences and the use of sign language assist ell students academically and emotionally in the classroom?

      Zhang, Helen (2020-05)
      English Language Learners have a difficult time learning a new language and having the extra support in a classroom can make all the difference in their education and self-esteem. As teachers in training, we know not all students are alike and because of that, we must differentiate our teaching to help students walk away with being confident in their education. Integrating the Theory of Multiple Intelligences by working to strengthen two or more intelligences can open numerous possibilities and opportunities for these students. Additionally, students who may or may not know sign language could benefit from using this form of communication to express themselves physically and emotionally in the classroom. Sign language has the ability to become the bridge that helps ELL students learn English. Through research, it has been found that sign language helps students learn new words and express themselves when English is not their native language.
    • COVID-19: changing the future of elementary education

      Caixeiro, Samantha (2022-05)
      In this thesis, I will explore the new school system during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will change education forever, even post-pandemic. As a graduating future teacher, I am extremely interested in learning more about what worked and what did not work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from whose perspective. I will discuss the technological aspect, and also the financial and personal components. I will also talk about the distractions at home, the lack of accessibility for students of different economic status, and the added stress and work from the teacher's perspective. Choices made during this time have created such a stir amongst teachers, students, and parents everywhere on what would have been the proper way to handle the recent significant changes in society. I have explored a variety of sources and arguments that have been published on this particular topic. In order to further develop my paper, I have also interviewed teachers, students, and parents that experienced the different types of schooling during the pandemic, ranging from fully virtual, hybrid, and in-person. Looking into my future career, it is important to discuss what is to be expected of elementary education post-pandemic. Will we learn from any poor choices that were made at the height of this crisis? And how should we approach the situation, should something similar happen again in the years to come?