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Diversity in the Classroom

09 Nov

-How might you teach a student who is gifted and talented in your inclusive classroom?
“Often, highly able students learn more quickly than others their age. As a result, they typically need a more rapid instructional pace than do many of their peers”(Tomlinson, 1997) I think because gifted students are able to learn more quickly than their peers many gifted students become bored in the classroom so they start to act up and then the teacher gets frustrated because they aren’t exactly sure what to do with their gifted students. I think that identifying your gifted students with in your classroom as quickly as possible is the first step to helping them get the education they need. If you can identify a gifted student than as the teacher you could meet with the parents of the students and come up with an individualized lesson plan so that the child stays interested in the learning material and so that the child doesn’t become a distraction to the other students. As a teachers I would seek advice from my peers on how to teach a gifted student ask for ideas and activities that would challenge the student to make sure that they are getting the most out of the material and that they aren’t bored in my classroom. I would never want a child to be bored in my classroom because boredom tends to lead to distraction and becoming uninterested in education.

-Managing a classroom environment:
I always found the “token system” and interesting a great idea to help to manage behavior in a classroom. “A token system is a system in which students earn some type of a token that can be exchanged later for a specific reinforcer” (Peters Laura C., 2010). I remember having a few teachers growing up that used this system in their classrooms and I loved it. Obviously as a student I didn’t realize the true purpose of the system I just knew that I loved having the opportunity to earn some tokens that could then be traded in latter for a prize, it was great! Obviously to use this in a classroom the teacher needs to know their students well and know rather or not this kind of system would work for them. But, out of the many ways that I have read to manage a classroom this one is in my top favorites list.

-What steps should you take to help prepare you to teach students with disabilities?
I think the most important step I can take is educating myself any way possible. I will do internet research because the internet leads you to many different types of sources that can have great advice and helpful types. I also hope that I can actually volunteer within a classroom that has multiple types of disabilities because I believe that hands on experience is one of the best ways that I learn. Actually being able to interact with students who have disabilities and seeing how more experienced teachers handle it and what strategies they use is going to be much more helpful for me than just reading about what I should do in a book. I would also like the chance to be able to talk one on one with special needs teachers. Even though I might not work with students who have as intense disabilities as they work with being prepared to deal with as many situations that could possibly come my way is on the top of my list of things to do before I am by myself in my own classroom. Asking questions, doing research and seeking out the answers to my questions is how I plan on preparing myself to teach students with disabilities.

I thought this website was really interesting. It’s a site for teachers to come and collaborate ideas with each other. It is put together by teacher is West Virginia but I still think it has a lot of useful tools and ideas that can be used by teachers everywhere.

Peters Laura C. (2010, January 08). Innovations and perspectives. Retrieved from

Tomlinson, C. A. (1997, May). National association for gifted children. Retrieved from

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