"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.

Designing Environments That Support Your Learners

Designing environments that support your learners

One of the biggest surprises for teacher candidates in field experiences and clinical practices is the variety of needs—academic, social, emotional, and physical—that children bring to the real-life classroom. Facing a group of like-minded peers in a peer teaching exercise is nothing like facing a roomful of children in a real classroom. The prospective teacher learns very quickly that he or she does not “just teach” but must develop a classroom environment in which all students are supported in ways that promote their growth as whole persons. In this chapter, you will examine the influence of background and ability in designing classroom and school environments that support all students.

In Activity 1, you will be ...

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