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Observe a general education classroom in which there are students included for at least part of the day who have IEPs, or who are gifted and talented, or who are culturally/linguistically diverse.

Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Guide
1. Describe the school, the grade level, the student population in the classroom, and specifically identify the types of special needs.
2. What steps are taken to help the general education teacher meet the needs of his/her diverse classroom?
a. Does the teacher have a paraprofessional working in the classroom?
b. Is there collaboration between the general education and special education teacher?
c. Is there assistance from any other resource and/or professional?
3. What evidence of modifications or accommodations do you see in the classroom?
4. What evidence do you see of students' acceptance of each other?
5. Describe the teacher/student interaction in the classroom.
6. Include other observations and questions of your own that are appropriate to this topic. Relate your observations to reading and discussions in our class.

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Discuss the following questions:
What ideas do you have about working effectively with families of students with diverse needs?
What is the difference between emotional and behavioral problems?

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Classroom Observation and Teacher Interview Guide
1. Describe the school, the grade level, the student population in the classroom, and specifically identify the types of special needs.
High School visual arts class, grades 9-12, 26 students. The student population in the classroom numbers 12 females and 14 males. There are 14 Caucasian students, 2 Hispanic students and 10 African-American students. There is one intellectually gifted student (female, 10th grade), two ELL students, 9th and 11th grade, one male, one female), and three students with identified learning disabilities (IEPs) (two male, one female, 2 in 10th grade, one senior), and one wheelchair bound, 11th grade male (IEP). There is also one student (senior male) in this class who is hemophiliac, (IEP) but who receives no other academic accommodations.

2. What steps are taken to help the general education teacher meet the needs of his/her diverse classroom?
a. Does the teacher have a paraprofessional working in the classroom? Yes, when she is not called away for other needs, which occurs fairly frequently (once a week at least).

b. Is there collaboration between the general education and special education teacher? Of course - as well as the school nurse, the school counselor and the ESOL teacher.

c. Is there assistance from any other resource and/or professional? The afore-mentioned school nurse, the school counselor and the ESOL teacher.

3. What evidence of modifications or accommodations do you see in the classroom? The paraprofessional is helping all the students who have a question. This means the special education students are not being singled out for her attention, although she does spend more time answering their questions than other students, partly because they apparently HAVE more questions to ...

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Discussion of classroom observation notes, and teacher interview guide question model answers. Also discussion of emotional/behavioral problems, the difference between the two.

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Record the teacher-s responses.

Write a reflection on the classroom observation and teacher interview.

Address the following in your reflection:

What was effective about the lesson?
What strategies could be used to better meet the needs of diverse learners?
How might you change or improve the lesson?
How might technology be used to improve this lesson?
Based on the interview after the lesson, do you think the teacher applies the previously discussed best practices effectively?

What strategies from the observation and interview might you be able to use in your classroom?

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Observation Interview Questionnaire

Interview the teacher after the classroom observation. Record the teacher’s responses below. Add additional questions as needed.

1. What learning strategies do you use to help students meet the objectives of your lessons?

2. What is difficult about meeting the needs of diverse learners in the learning environment? How do you overcome the challenges of meeting diverse learners’ needs?

3. What are the benefits of integrating movement or health education into other areas of the elementary curriculum? Which best practices would you share with teachers who wish to integrate movement or health education into their classrooms?

4. What role does technology play in your physical education or health education lessons? How might technology improve your instruction?

5. How might a teacher avoid some of the pitfalls to becoming an effective physical education specialist or health education teacher?

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