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1. Marilyn realizes how important it is to keep student's learning styles in mind when planning instruction. What activities do you think will be helpful in addressing the learning styles of your students? It is important to provide a wide range of learning activities that will benefit each student. Some students benefit from auditory learning. Those students need to have teacher and student engagement and interaction. Some students learn visually. Those students need to have visual activities or games that will help them learn. Singing songs, writing in learning journals, creating a play, or group projects are always good activities that can benefit many students. 2. Marilyn felt comfortable consulting with Juanita's expertise. How would this type of collaboration help your instruction and benefit your students? A specialist knows all the current ideas and tools that can help students with learning disabilities; the specialist can inform the teacher of the newest trends and tools that can be incorporated into the classroom. Collaborating together will greatly benefit the student because the teacher knows each specific student and the specialist knows the tools. Together they can create an atmosphere and tools that will increase the students learning. 3. How is Marilyn using graphic organizers to enhance the lesson? How will the use of graphic organizers help Oscar? The graphic organizer enhances the lesson by a creative activity that will reiterate the lesson the teacher has taught. The graphic organizer can help Oscar by providing clear labels for the relationship between the concepts, limit the number of ideas covered, and minimizes the distractions. Oscar has difficulty reading fine print; the text on the organizer can be altered large enough for Oscar to read and understand. 4. A WebQuest was used to help students navigate the Eric Carle Website. Reflect upon your experiences using the Web to locate information. What difficulties have you encountered that might be addressed by using a WebQuest? The web is a wonderful tool to incorporate in the classroom; current students have grown up using technology and computers in their daily life. The web can grab their attention and give them visual stimulation that they are used to. WebQuest may be too confusing for students who are not computer literate. Other difficulties may be that the teacher may become too dependent upon WebQuest and not instruct their students. 5. List and describe three benefits the students gained from being included in Oscar's small group. The small group gave Oscar the opportunity to interact with the other students and gave him the opportunity to read his book out loud to show the others that he is fully capable of performing the same tasks. The small group gave the other students the opportunity to help Oscar and work with him. This gives students the opportunity to show leadership skills and helping skills. Lastly the small group gave all students the social interaction that is a necessary life skill that will last a life time.
6. Do you think Oscar's experience would have been as powerful if he would have worked in isolation with Juanita? Why or why not? No, Oscar needs the interaction of other students. It is very important for him to be socially included in as many activities as possible. He needs to feel apart of the classroom and feel like he is in a safe environment; the safer Oscar feels the more comfortable he will be to learn. The teacher was able to interact with him enough to provide support and assistance when needed; and at the same time she was able to help other students as well. 7. Describe three ways in which Marilyn’s use of technology addresses the needs of her class and allowed all students to participate in the lesson. Marilyn incorporated the use of graphic organizers that provided the students a visual aid that mapped out the books they read; this allowed all students to participate because each student had their own organizer and was able to adjust the organizer to meet their needs. Marilyn used video of the book to give the students another visual and auditory access to the books. The students would enjoy the beauty of the art and the fun sounds the video provides. Thirdly, Marilyn used a speech synthesis specifically for Oscar; however, it did benefit all students. The speech synthesizer provides the one student the opportunity to vocalize their story; and it also gives the other students the opportunity to respond to what Oscar says. An amazing tool!