ERIC Number: ED388491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Strategies for Migrant Students. ERIC Digest.
Menchaca, Velma D.; Ruiz-Escalante, Jose A.
Children of migrant farmworkers spend parts of each school year in different communities across the country; some children migrate back and forth between schools in Mexico and the United States. The hardships and rich experiences of this lifestyle provide educators with unique challenges and, at the same time, opportunities to learn and develop new strategies. This digest offers research-based guidance to teachers, to help them use effective instructional strategies that build on the strengths migrant children bring to the classroom. The strategies are: (1) create a positive supportive environment that fosters a sense of safety and trust; (2) build on migrant students' strengths, experiences, and knowledge; (3) enhance self-concept and self-esteem through activities and assignments that allow for real success or that develop coping skills; (4) personalize lessons with students' life experiences; (5) integrate culturally relevant content that encourages positive ethnic affiliation; (6) use cooperative learning, which lowers anxiety levels and increases students' motivation and feelings of empowerment; and (7) develop students' metacognitive learning strategies to help them become independent learners. Contains 20 references. (SV)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Metacognition, Migrant Education, Self Concept
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.