In this assignment, you will be given a classroom scenario that will allow you to practice your ability to foster collaboration between the classroom teacher and an assisting paraeducator.
Mrs. Smith is a teacher in an inclusion classroom that will have a total of 30 students including four students with LD and two students with ED. She was just informed that a paraeducator would assist her in the classroom for the new school year. She has spoken to the paraeducator and it appears that the two will work very well together in terms of compatible personalities and philosophies regarding students with exceptionalities. However, Mrs. Smith has never worked with a paraeducator before. Further, the paraeducator has never had this job role before, but has worked as a Sunday school teacher and loves children.
Based on the scenario, address the following prompts in a 1,000-1,250-action plan summary:
Goal statement for collaboration purposes.
Basic rules/expectations for all students in the classroom (minimum of four).
Roles and responsibilities of the teacher and the paraeducator.
Outline of training that the teacher will provide for the paraeducator.
Recommended steps to take, for all involved stakeholders, to evaluate student progress.
PART 2: DEC. 13, 2018
Allocate at least 1.5 hours in the field to support this field experience. This is a Block I Field Experience. In this block, your field experience must be completed before or after school, or another designated time when students are not present.
Observe, interview, and collaborate with an outside agency that supports K-12 public or private resource special education students and their families. In your discussion, select and address at least three parental challenges from the list below:
• Financial issues
• Limited opportunities for recreation and leisure
• Sibling issues
• Constant care and supervision of a child with a disability
• Increased potential for marital problems
• Logistical issues such as transportation
• Difficulty getting time away from job
• Frequent disability-related crises
• Health issues of family, other members
• Difficulties obtaining appropriate educational services
In 250-500 words, reflect upon your observations, interview, and collaboration. Discuss potential solutions, strategies, and resources that could help parents facing the challenges you selected. In addition, explain how you plan to apply your findings to your practice as a professional.
PART 3: DEC. 16, 2018
Read the following scenario:
Adam is a fifth-grader diagnosed with a learning disability who receives instruction for all core subjects in the resource room with the special education teacher. He resides with his elderly grandparents who have full custody of him, while his older sister who was born with severe complications from fetal alcohol syndrome resides in a facility where she receives around-the-clock care. Adam does not have any contact with his biological mother and never knew his biological father. His grandparents are the only caregivers he has ever known and they are overwhelmed and feel unprepared to adequately address Adam’s increased oppositional behaviors and lack of academic progress. They are reluctant to meet with any school personnel as they feel the school should take care of school matters while they take care of the home matters.
Based on the provided scenario, complete a chart utilizing the following:
Describe five items from the scenario affecting the level of parental involvement.
For every item in column 1, describe the ideal level of parental involvement.
Specify strategies and actions to be implemented to achieve the ideal level of parental involvement described in column 2.
Identify technologies to be implemented in connection with column 3.
In addition, submit a 250-500-word rationale that describes how the actions you propose in your chart support Adam’s physical and emotional well-being. Support your rationale with a minimum of 2 scholarly resources.