Talk:Developing Phonemic Awareness in Kindergarten Children

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Please feel free to leave comments, questions, and feedback about this course on this page. ~Diane

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Jianwei's comment

Diane, congratulations on a very well-designed course. I like the flow of learning you've enabled, and your use of media is very helpful.

To facilitate navigation, you may want to add a word after/before each audio file link like: "Please use your Back button of your browser to come back to this page."

Pictures in your unit 3 are not related to your content. Am I right?

Diane's response

Hi Jianwei,

The pictures in Unit Three ARE part of the content. They are for the participant to use for practice. The text provides the example (which is not related to the picture), then directs the participant to practice using both the example as a model, then the photo as an exercise. Should I include written feedback about the practice example? I thought it might be too wordy that way. Do you think the photos need clarification?

I will add a comment about using the the back button to return after audio files. My computer brings me right back without the back button, so I didn't realize that not every computer would do so. Good suggestion. Thanks.

Diane (5/10/08)

Re: Diane's response -- Jianwei Zhang 14:09, 10 May 2008 (EDT)

OK. I see the role of the pictures in Unit 3. You don't need to add more words.

Thanks for this great project work!


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-- Jdemeis 20:12, 21 April 2008 (EDT)

I think your topic is so crucial. My step daughter struggled to read and it was not until her father was injured and bedridden that she learned. He spent hours teaching to sound out words and learn phonetics. Unfortunately her school taught whole word. To this day, she has problems with spelling, but has been reading at college level since the 7th grade. For fun one summer, she tackled Shakespeare. My problem with assessing your course is that I know very little about kindergarten.

Learning Outcomes: My first concern was that I think you’re maybe trying to do too much in this small course. Problem is that I have no idea about your topic and it may flush out as your progress. I know your target audience is kindergarten teachers, so I am not really able to judge.

State the meaning of phonemic awareness by defining phonemic awareness in self-generated language. ( I do not know what self-generated language means)

State the difference between phonemic awareness training and phonics instruction by outlining the contrast in self-generated language.

State the role of phonemic awareness in early reading by describing early reading processes in self-generated language.

Demonstrate teaching strategies by performing those teaching strategies. ( I am not sure how you are going to accomplish this one in an on-line course, are you using a video? That would be neat.)

Classify phonemic awareness activities and phonics instruction activities by sorting sample activities.

Choose to support phonemic awareness development by incorporating phonemic awareness training activities in classroom instruction. (Not sure how you are going to verify if this has been reached)

Content consistent with goals. I cannot critique as of yet, but I think you have thoroughly laid this course out, so I expect they will. (Just wish I understood more)

Instructional Sequence: Again, it probably will be great.

Engagement and interaction: You are well on your way of creating a very unique and creative program. Matter of fact, I like your idea of audio so much, I might try it. I also like the prerequisites test. It helps me to understand where you are going.

Technical quality: Very well done and everything flowed. Easy to navigate.

Extended resources. In the background, you site many resources. Why don’t you put the link in so if the reader wants to find out more, they can.

At the conclusion, you restate the goals. I found these to be much easier for me to understand. You might want to go back and match up the introduction goals to the conclusion ones.

Love the test and then the audio to go over the ‘test” Very clever. I don’t understand it, but if I had the background, it would be very beneficial.

Over all: Nice job, Diane