My name is Laura Zinghini and I have been a Drama and English Secondary teacher for 12 years. I am going to be discussing how you can utilise knowledge to inform your practise when it comes to assisting EAL/D students in a secondary school setting. By looking at how we gather knowledge of students, we can understand how to effectively assist them, in order for them to become successful learners.
When I am teaching EAL/D students I utilise prior knowledge and observational knowledge. This is as simple as it sounds. What prior knowledge do I have of the students (with assistance from colleagues, family etc) and what do I observe of them within a classroom environment? This in turn informs my practise. It is that simple! This is because, every student is an individual learner, and in order to cater to that learner, I have to adapt my teaching style to suit their needs.