It was great to meet with Ashley once again and to speak with her about some of the challenges with regards to students connecting what they could personally verbalise and how they could transfer that information into a cohesive written piece that reflected the text's purpose. When EAL/D students speak, their grammar is sometimes incorrect which transfers to their written pieces and because their vocabulary is often unsubstantial too, their writing does not often reflect what they actually know. While discussing these issues with Ashely we were able to collaboratively come up with authentic and engaging strategies that we could use to help build on a student's vocabulary, in particular describing words, by incorporating more visual and tactile experiences into lessons to reinforce important concepts.
It was also a great opportunity to discuss Ashley's lesson on 2D shapes. Together, we came up with some ideas as to how to give more timely student feedback and to consequently reflect on the class's understanding of what had been taught and where to go to from there.