Kim Richards EDF 2085 Diversity for Educators Dr. QadriObservations at Pinecrest Preparatory Academy
Cultural/Faith DiversityMany of the students are of a Christian background. Some of these include Catholics,Seventh Day Adventist, Charismatic (Pentecostal) and Jehovah Witness.
ESOLESOL kids learn well in small group settings with their peers.ESOL students benefit from working one on one with theirteacher.ESOL students use software programs which give lots of visualsand are interactive.ESOL kids learn well from flashcards and association games.
Exceptional Education (IEP)IEP students are incorporated into the regular classroom.Assistive technology is important for their learning. Classroomsare set up for them to have access to every part of the classroom.Oversized keyboards for computer use, communication boards, joysticks,CCTV, are great tools for them.
Teacher ResourcesPromethean boards are a huge asset. They are quite interactive and cater for differentlearning styles. Teachers can tailor their lessons for every type of learner.The classroom is also set up into centers. Kids can work on different skills each area. SomeExamples include the writing center and reading center.
Classroom EnvironmentClassroom is set up for easy learning. The computer center is a great area for skillbuilding. Each area is easily accessible and clearly defined.Bulletin board is in plain view and include assignments, homework and messages.
Technology in ClassroomComputers are a big asset to the classroom. Varied software programs are availablefor skill building. One of the programs available is I Excel which allow students to workat their grade level and skill level.
Interview with Exceptional Educator Ms. Glendell Earl at Catalina ElementaryQuestion: What exceptionality do the students have? What grade level and what age are they?Answer: Two Groups: Intellectual disabilities and Learning disabilities. Some are classified asTrainable mentally handicapped and mentally handicapped, and some have medical issueswhich affect their ability to learn. I teach kg – 5th grades, from age 6 to 12.Question: What needs do the children seem to have that are unique to this group? Commonto other children? What modifications in instructional approach are made?Answer: Unique to this group are significant cognitive disability. The needs that are commonto other children is building background knowledge and improving oral language skills tocommunicate needs. Modification to instructional approach include a modified curriculum,enhanced curriculum by making lots of materials for specific students and their needs, pacingof instruction, chunking of instructions and teaching students to advocate for themselves interms of accommodations to assist them in learning.Question: What recommendations do the parents have for you regarding what you might
Provide for the children who have special needs?Answer: Most of the parents do not have recommendations for me, but I always share withthe parents what is working for the child in the classroom in hopes that they will implementsome of these strategies at home. I invite the parents to the classroom to observe and theyare provided with handouts and available websites to visit for more information.Question: How have you been affected by the education policy directed at children withspecial needs? What modifications have you made in teaching? What do you as a teacher feelis still needed?Answer: The only way I have been affected is by trying to keep up with the increasing needsof integrating curriculum and technology in the classroom and the materials and training isnot available. Resource support personnel are not always able to provide assistance needed.I constantly make changes to presentation of materials, materials used, pacing of introductionof lesson, hands on activities included and kinds of assessment implemented. As a teacher, IFeel that more educators need to be involved in determining the needs of the educationalSystem. Appropriate materials should be available for all students.Question: What type of assistive technology do you use to accommodate the special needs ofyour students?
Answer: Assistive technology used include: computers, communication boards, board makeractivities, record player and tape with headphones, and leap pads for reading activities.