be able to vary their teaching styles to incorporate the learning styles
of all of the students in the classroom. The following items are strategies
that my cooperating teacher uses in her classroom in order to help her
students understand the information that she presents to them.
The students all
benefit from the teacher's varied instructional strategies. Each student
is able to use their best learning strategies so that they might be successful
and active learners in the classroom.
Use role-playing and retelling to increase
comprehension--the teacher encourages the students to act out parts of
books and poems so they may understand passages better.
Hands-on and kinesthetic activities
used to include different learning styles of the students.
Positive reinforcement and incentives
used to intrinsically motivate the students--students are awarded "bears"
(tokens) that they can collect and save until they are able to "buy" time
with the teacher's dogs. The students are motivated to pay attention and
do good work so they may have free time with the dogs. (see "Learning Environment"
Use team-teaching to ensure all students'
success--the teacher works closely with the 1st and 2nd
grade mainstream teachers to enable her to provide her students with extra
support and instruction while they are in her classroom. She also spends
time in the 1st grade classroom as a co-teacher for different
Semantic mapping used to graphically
organize information of a new or unfamiliar topic--the teacher uses Ven
diagrams and webs to create a visual learning tool for her students. This
is especially important for deaf students.