Classroom Diversity Case Study

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2. Classroom Diversity The class I will be student teaching will be the 4th grade class from 10:20 to 11:05 A.M. Students range in age from 9 to 10 year olds consisting of 14 males and 8 females. There are 2 individual students with IEP 's (Individual Education Plans), 0 ELL 's (English Language Learners), and 9 ALP 's (Advanced Learning Plans). Cherokee Trail 's Elementary as a whole has 9% of the students ' who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The minority enrollment is 23% of the student body with the majority of the minorities Hispanic, in addition, this is less than the state average of 45% ("Douglas County Government ," 2016). The Douglas County School District is predominately Caucasian, leaving the students underexposed …show more content…
The fourth grade class is before lunch so they can be a little anxious as Wood (2007) outlines as part of the Social-Emotional growth patterns of a nine-year old (p. 110). Additional growth patterns need to be more individualistic, impatient, self-critical and critical of others. One additional pattern, would be their moods change erratically (Wood, p. 110). In Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4 - 14, other categories are, "Vision and Fine Motor Ability," indicating the task such as drawing is a good practice for fine motor tools. My lesson is based on self-identity through the self-portrait. In the "Gross Motor Ability," students can become restless; not able to sit still for long, which I have not found to be the case as of yet. Cognitive Growth category, students take pride in attention to detail and finished work, but may jump quickly between interest. I am interested in seeing the students focus on their project of a self-portrait. One of the primary Social-Emotional Behavior traits, is how self-critical they are and how sarcastic humor from adults can be very hurtful. My goal is to build upon their individual drawing skills and learn to critique each other 's work in a respectful way while being able to decide among themselves what they feel makes a strong project. By the students making these decisions they create their own goals which allow them to set standards versus …show more content…
The acronym stands for Enthusiasm, Perseverance, Integrity, Courage. In this plan the student and the teacher are both responsible for each aspect of this plan. Enthusiasm, as a teacher, is about projecting a positive attitude with the idea this attitude will lead to innovation and creative outcomes. Perseverance, is teaching the students how to stay on task and not give up because it becomes too difficult. Sticking with the task and seeing the finished project is the reward each of us strive for. Integrity, is standing up for what is right, being truthful, honest and owning our actions. Courage, is about trying something new, knowing it is difficult or challenging ("Douglas County School District," 2016). Although this is the behavior management plan I honestly do not see this enforced in the classroom in which I am currently

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