With the recent and increasing attention to accountability and standards, teacher preparation programs are more than ever in need of tools that vicariously acquaint future teachers with the difficult situations they will face. Cases for Teacher Development: Preparing for the Classroom is the perfect catalyst for this sort of teacher development. The cases encourage students to immerse themselves in classroom situations before they begin their practice, helping them link theory and experience. All of the cases present relevant situations that replicate the complicated, multitasked, and interrelated realms of the teacher.
Chapter 9: Balancing the Needs of all Students in an Inclusive Classroom
Balancing the Needs of all Students in an Inclusive Classroom
In this case, an experienced teacher must decide how to balance the needs of all of her students when one boy presents a challenge. She feels frustrated by the walls of silence that have been constructed by colleagues, administrators, parents, other professionals, and policies. Case commentators Anna Ershler Richert, Lynne M. Cavazos, Tania Madfes, and Linda F. Rhone provide discourses that concern children who are different from their peers. They note issues of lack of support, the need to negotiate power, and teachers' professional responsibility.
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- Consider the teacher's attitudes, experience, and knowledge. How does ...