Particular Inclusive Classroom Situation Chapter
After reading the Student Teacher Journal entries, answer the following questions.
Do you relate to the student teacher’s difficulty in understanding Aaron? In what ways, if any, do you think she could have tried harder to understand Aaron and/or to help the other students understand him?
How much information should a classroom teacher share with her student teacher in regard to special needs students? Should the student teacher have had to ask her clinical instructor for such information, or should she have been provided with it from the beginning? What differences do you see arising in the classroom as a result of these two possible situations?
In what way(s) do you think this student teacher’s tendency to take things personally will affect her teaching ability, interactions with the students, and interactions with the other teachers?
How could this student teacher have dealt with her lack of special education background and training? Should she have been placed in this particular inclusive classroom situation without any special education training? Why or why not?
In your opinion, what should the characteristics of an ideal clinical instructor/student teacher relationship be for the maximum benefit to both parties? Please comment on the rights and responsibilities of both parties.
Should the student teacher allow herself to concentrate on Aaron? Is she ignoring the needs of the other students in doing so? What could be the drawbacks of denying herself the experience of interacting with the other students?
After reading about how the student teacher reacted to the initial screaming incident, how do you think you would have reacted? Differently? Similarly? Why?
When considering Diane Rice’s suggestions, do you think that she correctly analyzed the situation? What would you do differently, if anything?
In the last two entries of her journal, the student teacher talks about her relief and her guilt about wanting to leave. Did you perceive her thoughts as selfish the way that she did, or do you think she was justified in her feelings?
Reflect on the approaches discussed in Chapter 2 of Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems. How can applied behavior analysis (ABA) be useful when working with a student like Aaron?
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