Maybe you're new to teaching in Arizona and you've just been told by your Principal or HR Representative that you need you a Structured English Immers
Maybe you’re new to teaching in Arizona and you’ve just been told by your Principal or HR Representative that you need you a Structured English Immersion 45-Hour Course. Perhaps you’ve known the whole time you’ve been in your teacher preparation program and you’ve put it off for as long as you can.
Either way, if you’re reading this article, you probably need an SEI Class as soon as possible and you’re looking for one that will actually teach you something you can use with your students. You might even be looking for the most painless way to get this accomplished.
SEI Program Characteristics
First I want to share what Arizona Structured English Immersion is – and what it isn’t. Let’s start with what it isn’t. This could help you save a lot of time and frustration as you go to fulfill the requirement.
What SEI in Arizona isn’t –
It is not applicable to the endorsement requirements of the two other states that have Structured or Sheltered English Immersion – MA and CA. Each state has its own way of addressing their requirements.
It isn’t English as a Second Language or Bilingual Education.
It isn’t language immersion in the truest sense, as we might think of French immersion or Dual Language Immersion
What SEI in AZ is –
It is a great way to learn how to teach English Language Learner students.
It is a focused time for giving students a great start in English at their level.
It helps you understand how to reach English Learners if you are teaching in a mainstream classroom – without feeling like you have to teach two different programs.
What to consider before choosing an SEI Course
Before you sign up for a Structured English Endorsement Class, the two most important things to consider are 1) your timeline for taking the course, and 2) what your learning style is.
Timeline: If you have only a week or two to finish the course, are a busy parent, or if you want to get started but don’t want to do the course on a schedule, you may want to consider a true self-paced online course. This will give you the flexibility to have control over the time it takes to finish your SEI course requirement.
Learning style: Do you like interacting with other teachers from around the state, hearing their ideas, and learning together? If so, attend an interactive, face-to-face course. On the other hand, if you enjoy using a computer to get things done, definitely choose an online class!
Either way, make sure to choose a company that is approved by the State Board of Education. As great as a course can be, no one wants to do it twice.
Finally, make sure that you choose a training company that will teach you research-based strategies to reach your students where they are without the guesswork. You will feel confident and your students will succeed!
Things have changed so much over the years. Earlier, people used to visit restaurants to catch up with friends and enjoy the food. But nowadays, technology has changed many things, including human. Even when we are sitting with our loved once, we keep checking our phones because somewhere technology has overtaken our emotions.
According to a survey, 82% of people agree that using a cell phone at social gatherings hurts conversation. We used to live our lives quite well before the mobiles took over our lives. Technology should make our lives more clam and smooth. Agree? We should adapt the technology for our betterment not making ourselves busy.
Humanity has always been superior over the technology and still is. Some of the ways we can avoid technology surpassing humanity are as follows:
Machines are Human Creation: Always keep it in mind that a machine is just a tool and some human’s mastermind behind its creation. For example, we all have become addicted to technology like mobile phone, computers and other gadgets. If you can avoid using a phone while you are with your family or friends, then technology is yet to take control over you which means you are operating machine according to your need.
Set Boundaries: When you are working on any project, try to keep your phone away from you or set it on mute or turn off notifications. A case study from A Florida State University state that even if people didn’t check their phones when they buzzed, their minds keep thinking about a phone.
Create Timeframe: You should pre-defined when you want to use the technology and should separate the things that you can be accomplished without utilizing technology. Taking an instant of a mobile phone, you should set a timeframe when you want to play candy crush on the phone or check your messages.
To prevent yourself from being addicted to technology, it requires a lot of discipline. A certification can help you to develop discipline and avoid using technology that is not required to achieve success.
Human is the inventor of the technology and we will always remain superior to technology, just we need to keep upgrading ourselves and our skill set with the latest market trends. Acquiring a certification will assist you to gain an understanding of current market affairs and technologies. Learn to be the boss of machines and technology with your updated skills.