Effectively Manage a Classroom Observation Template Assignment

Assignment 1 The ability to effectively manage a classroom and meet the behavior and instructional needs of students both with and without disabilities is very complex.

Choose a special education classroom, selecting the grade level (K-12) and classroom setting (resource, self-contained, or inclusive classroom) you are most interested in teaching. You will use this field experience to observe and experience the many considerations involved in that setting.

Allocate at least 4 hours in the field to support this field experience.

Observe and collaborate with a K-12 certified special education teacher in an inclusive classroom, resource room, and/or self-contained classroom on the elements that help create a positive, safe, and productive learning environment. Your final observations and summary of your hands-on experiences will be due in Clinical Field Experience B.

While you are observing, use the “Observation Template” to take notes about the elements of the classroom learning environment.

Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.

At the bottom of the “Observation Template,” provide a 250 word rationale why you chose this grade level and environment to observe. Summarize your findings about the elements of the classroom learning environment in the “Observation Template.”

Explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice, specifically in terms of how you will work with paraprofessionals, other faculty members, and teachers.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

Assignment 2 Special education teachers often provide training and support to general education teachers to promote successful inclusive practices in their classrooms. Understanding expectations, facilitating social skills, and designing and evaluating the effectiveness of positive learning environments helps all students, especially those with disabilities, learn and be productive in school.

Create a 12 slide digital presentation, to be given to general classroom teachers in a professional development setting, on inclusion and classroom management strategies that can be incorporated into classrooms. Include a title slide, reference slide, and presenter’s notes.

The presentation should help the general education teachers build their skills in the following areas:

  • Identifying realistic expectations for the personal and social behaviors of students with mild to moderate disabilities in a general education inclusive classroom.
  • Assisting individuals with mild to moderate disabilities to develop their interpersonal skills for educational and other social environments.
  • Designing learning environments that motivate and encourage active participation in individual and group activities for individuals with and without disabilities.
  • Organizing, developing, and sustaining learning environments that support positive multicultural experiences.
  • Using collaborative learning groups and project-based activities to help individuals with and without disabilities practice self-determination and self-advocacy skills.

Support your findings with a 3-5 scholarly resources.