Monday, 5 May 2014

Teaching to Diversity: Book Study Session #2

 So this month we read chapters 4 and 5.  These chapters were full of information valuable to the classroom teacher. These pages were filled with many suggestions and "how-tos" to create an inclusive classroom.  With that in mind, these are the questions we will discuss tomorrow at lunch:

1. What are you main take aways from chapter 4?
2. On page 68-69, Katz lists an exercise to create a thematic unit using essential understandings of the curriculum as listed.  Try doing this activity.
3. On page 72, the discussion is around creating inquiry questions. What would be the benefit of open-ended questions in the inclusive classroom?  How does this fit with the Competencies of an Albertan?
4. On page 75, the author describes assessment in the form of rubrics.  What is your response to this description?
5. "As teachers, we tend to teach to ourselves." p. 79
Comments?
6. Within this framework, how do we intentionally include students with significant disabilities (p. 87)?
7. On page 93, we read: "All teachers teach literacy." Do you agree or disagree? Why?

8. What are your main take aways from chapter 5?
9. Katz describes Classroom Ecology.  What is it and what is the effect on students? (p. 121)
10. (p.123) If we want to avoid "management" in the classroom, we can we do instead?
11. What is the function of challenging behaviour?
12. On pages 128-134, we see an outline of explicit teaching of collaboration for students in the classroom?  Is this necessary only in division I or do we need this throughout a student's school career?
13. What are some of the barriers for students with special needs in this setting? (p. 134-135)
14. What are some other possibilities to contribute to the success of all students in the classroom?  RTI? Collaboration? Co-teaching?  Any others you can think of?
15. What is the job of the Educational Assistant in this classroom?
16. Compare Katz' outline of assessment for and assessment of learning to our district's new administrative regulation?

Should be an interesting discussion.

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