"This book works to give teachers a tool for understanding how to examine their teaching methods and refine those methods to maximize student learning...Galton is a well known researcher...and he has valuable insights into tailoring teaching methods in ways to meet specific learning goals. This book is recommended for all elementary teachers looking for ways to maximize learning in their classroom." —EDUCATION LIBRARIESThis unique text captures the profiles and cumulative records of six diverse students at early childhood, middle childhood, and then high school level. Intended for the preservice teacher, Building on Student Diversity: Profiles and Activities illustrates how to create a caring school environment; accommodate for special learning needs in instructional and assessments; and interact with families and communities.

Communicating with Families

Communicating with families

Communicating with families is an essential part of each teacher's job. Only through understanding each child within the context of his or her life outside the classroom can you help that child develop and grow to his or her fullest potential. This chapter focuses on developing your skills in communicating with families.

In Activity 1, you will conduct simulated conferences in which you take the role of teacher and address a particular problem of one of the children profiled in Chapters 2 through 7.

In Activity 2, you will take part in a simulated individualized education program (IEP) conference as a general educator, special educator, principal, parent, or guardian of one of the children profiled in Chapters 2 through 7.

In Activity 3, ...

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