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July 30, 2009

Welcome to Eric Antuna’s Classroom

By Eric Antuna

    Hello!  My name is Eric Antuna and I teach 2nd grade at Agua Caliente Elementary School in Cathedral City, CA. Nearly 70 percent of the students at Agua Caliente are designated English language learners, with Spanish being the most prevalent primary language. In addition to being a school with a large amount of English language learners, Agua Caliente is also a designated low-income Title 1 school serving disadvantaged students in the Coachella Valley.

    The challenges the staff and I tackle head-on are the students' deficits in language and their lack experiential knowledge due to social and economic disadvantages. The students in our classes need to be exposed to quality instructional practices in reading, writing, and math, with differentiated techniques and multiple perspectives to be meaningful to them. To accomplish this, I have created many activities that not only engage students, but also help to build an intrinsic motivation that will have a lasting impact long after they leave my classroom.

    I have designed centers in guided reading, science, social studies, and the core reading curriculum to support my students as they strive to rise to their own potential. I strive to have those gaps filled by bringing the world into our classroom by using multimedia, realia, and providing educational support long after the last school bell has rung. I eagerly look forward to collaborating with other teachers around the nation to share great ideas and meaningful strategies!

    Sincerely,

    Eric Antuna

    Hello!  My name is Eric Antuna and I teach 2nd grade at Agua Caliente Elementary School in Cathedral City, CA. Nearly 70 percent of the students at Agua Caliente are designated English language learners, with Spanish being the most prevalent primary language. In addition to being a school with a large amount of English language learners, Agua Caliente is also a designated low-income Title 1 school serving disadvantaged students in the Coachella Valley.

    The challenges the staff and I tackle head-on are the students' deficits in language and their lack experiential knowledge due to social and economic disadvantages. The students in our classes need to be exposed to quality instructional practices in reading, writing, and math, with differentiated techniques and multiple perspectives to be meaningful to them. To accomplish this, I have created many activities that not only engage students, but also help to build an intrinsic motivation that will have a lasting impact long after they leave my classroom.

    I have designed centers in guided reading, science, social studies, and the core reading curriculum to support my students as they strive to rise to their own potential. I strive to have those gaps filled by bringing the world into our classroom by using multimedia, realia, and providing educational support long after the last school bell has rung. I eagerly look forward to collaborating with other teachers around the nation to share great ideas and meaningful strategies!

    Sincerely,

    Eric Antuna

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