Capstone/Dissertation Title

Rising from poverty

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone on children living in poverty was written to expose the challenges children, families and schools face. My question was How can I increase my effectiveness as an early literacy educator and therefore help students of poverty achieve academic success in my classroom? I addressed Barton's factors in my capstone (p.4) and in my classroom through implementation of the America's Choice model and Reading First literacy models. I monitored children's learning continuously using several varied methods. I monitored my growth as an effective teacher through keeping a reflective journal and participating in weekly meetings with colleagues. Through my quest to answer my capstone question I learned instruction must be differentiated, interactive, meaningful, and contain higher level thinking questions so students are challenged and use prior knowledge to make connections.

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