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Graphic Organizers

Chapter II-6 of your text discussed several graphic organizers for student success. Which of these have you used with students? Which of those that you have not used would you try in a classroom? How can you differentiate instruction with graphic organizers? Discuss a concept that is important to you. Which graphic organizer wou

How Cultural Values Impact Student Achievement

Discuss several examples of how differing cultural values impact student achievement and educational attainment. What is the impact of social media, including the Internet, on learning? How could you, as a teacher, mitigate any influences which might be perceived as negative? Explain suggestions you could make to parents and stu

Leadership Roles

Who should take the leadership role in organizing outreach programs to the parents, the family, and the community? What specific strategies would you employ?


Discern what Hjalmarson (2011) means when she states, "Rather than expecting parents to adapt to us, we need to create a parent involvement system that meets parents' diverse needs" (p. 45). Do you recall, as a K-12 student, certain educators who provided leadership in partnership activities? Please give specific examples abo

Differentiated Instruction - Assessment Strategies

Analyze the assessment strategies presented in your reading as well as within your research on differentiated instruction. Identify two assessment strategies that may be used to differentiate instruction in a low-performing school. How do these assessment strategies benefit a high-performing student in a low-performing class? Wo

Media Influences on Adolescent Development: Health and Fitness.

What influences do you think? There are two sides of this question : the negative influences and the positives. Some negative influences include the media portraying a certain body type that is unrealistic for most people to achieve. This could lead to serious consequences such as dangerous dieting, eating disorders, or the

graduate educational experience

How is a graduate educational experience different from an undergraduate experience? How would you define a graduate culture? What are key components of a graduate culture and why? what might you exclude or include and why?

Encouraging Team Building Throughout the Year

Identify three ways that you feel that you can encourage team building throughout the year. Assume that you are an administrator or a teacher leader at a school. What additional managerial tasks could you use in order to maintain the effectiveness of this team building? How would these tasks encourage growth and collaboration

Four Corners

What is the purpose of the Four Corners strategy? How could it be used in a classroom? How could it be used in a professional development setting? Conceptualize and summarize how the Four Corners strategy may be used to develop a concept of interest to you, keeping in mind an intended audience (i.e. students or colleagues). In

Counseling Roles

List and explain the factors that play an important role if and how counselors become involved in school, school-community, and overall partnerships. Research indicates certain misperceptions counselors have about their role- why may this be?

Professional Learning Communities

Please help me Identify and discuss in detail four activities that would create and sustain a professional learning community in your school or workplace.

School Culture and Differentiated Instruction

What effects do differentiated instruction and professional learning communities have on school culture? How does differentiated instruction reflect the attitudes and values of a school building? How can the development of a professional learning community and differentiated professional development benefit students? Identify

Writing in the Math Classroom

What is the importance of utilizing writing in math and across the curriculum? Can you also develop an activity which incorporates a writing lesson into math? Consider the following: How would this lesson meet the needs of all learners? Why would this specific writing activity help students master the content? How will this be g

pitfalls of downsizing

Due to budget shortfalls, you have been asked to downsize 10 percent of your staff. What criteria would you use to decide which staff would be laid off? Why?

Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom

Watch the video, "Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom" ( Discuss at least three areas of improvement or three modifications needed to ensure all students are learning effectively. Then compare the characteristics of this teacher to your own personal style of teaching and discuss similar

action research

What sorts of topics are best approached through action research? Could you design an evaluation study for a program that you are familiar with using these approaches (Curriculum or instruction)? Why or why not?

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Ideally, faculty and staff development should be a proactive process, not a reactive one. What is the best way for educational institutions to conduct ongoing faculty and staff development? Should all faculty and staff be engaged in professional development every year? Should professional development focus more on "problematic"

Becoming comfortable as the educational authority

Becoming comfortable with authority is one of the first issues that any prospective educator faces. Think about a teacher you liked and a teacher you didn't like. Support your responses. ? How did each exercise authority or power? ? Did he or she win your respect and gain your cooperation? If so, how? Why or why not? ? How

Tracking and Grouping

What are the unique challenges and rewards of integrating kids labeled "disabled" into mainstream classrooms? How can these observations be applied to ideas regarding tracking of non-disabled students and grouping by ability in the classroom? Provide an example from your own experience or suggest ways you could work with student

Provide a professional development plan for an institution

You have been asked by the Chief Academic Officer of your institution to develop a 5 year professional development plan. Provide the goals for internally and externally for the transition and succession of a new leadership cadre. As the chief decision maker you have a variety of short and long term decisions to make including

Teaching and Discussing Folk Theories

Consider your own ideas about teaching and discuss which "folk theories" or implicit theories your ideas are based on. Also, consider the English language learner (ELL) student and reflect on how your approach to instruction will impact the ELL student.

"Importance of Play" article

Review the article "Importance of Play" ( and watch the videos, "Stuart Brown: Why Play Is Vital - No Matter Your Age" ( and "TedxRochester - Scott Eberle - 11/02/09" ( Based on your rea

Intellectual Disabilities and Skills in Teaching

Consider the limitation in intellectually functioning and adaptive behavior often presented by students with intellectual disabilities. What skills should teachers primarily focus on when working with these particular groups? What environments or educational settings would optimize student learning? Cite at least two sources.

Class Environment

Reflect for a moment on your own classroom environment or on a favorite classroom environment from your own schooling. Are there (or were there) clear rules that emphasize what students should do rather than what they should not do? How will (or did) it change student performance? Are (or were) students called on equitably? How

Segregation in schools

What different forms can segregation take in US schools? When can these methods affirm diversity and when are they detrimental to learning? Consider economic segregation, culturally-based schools (i.e. African American, Latino, or Native American), gender-specific, or charter schools. Provide examples from your own experience an

Ethical Tenets of Research Study

What are ethical concerns that are important at the implementation and reporting stages of a study? Use at least one reference APA format.