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Building on Student Diversity
Profiles and Activities



September 2006 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This book works to give teachers a tool for understanding how to examine their teaching methods and refine those methods to maximize student learning...Galton is a well known researcher...and he has valuable insights into tailoring teaching methods in ways to meet specific learning goals. This book is recommended for all elementary teachers looking for ways to maximize learning in their classroom."                                                 —EDUCATION LIBRARIES

"Building on Student Diversity can be used in various ways: as a core text, depending on the objectives of the class; or as a supplement to other texts used in pedagogy, multicultural, or special needs courses."                                                                 —KAPPA DELTA PI RECORD

"This book makes a significant and timely contribution to the field of multicultural education and teacher education. The author's use of the personal lives of children, from multiple dimensions: psychological, physiological, and cultural, makes this text a valuable learning tool."

—Denise Blum, California State University Fresno

"This book presents scenarios that are real in today's American public school classrooms. It prepares teachers to work with diverse student learners in ways that are meaningful and academically beneficial."

—Miroslava B. Vargas, Texas A&M International University

This unique text captures the profiles and cumulative records of six diverse students at early childhood, middle childhood, and then high school level. Intended for the preservice teacher, Building on Student Diversity: Profiles and Activities illustrates how to create a caring school environment; accommodate for special learning needs in instructional and assessments; and interact with families and communities.

Key Features:

  • Provides teachers with an understanding of children's backgrounds and abilities: Six diverse profiles portray a student as gifted, learning disabled, physically disabled, AD/HD, homosexual, or an English Language Learner.
  • Includes an insightful tool for understanding students and their learning challenges: The cumulative folder for each profile captures records of their grades, medical records, results of standardized tests and state assessments, parent-school communications and student work.
  • Offers applied, hands-on activities linked to the profiles: A variety of instruction strategies, including reflective journaling, group discussions, role playing, and preparation of letters, posters, and other products of communication are suggested.

Intended Audience:

This text is designed for all students in teaching methods courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also an excellent supplemental text for courses on Classroom Management, Multicultural Education, Special Education, or Diversity.


 
Preface
 
Midland USA and Its Schools
 
Part I: Profiles and Cumulative Folders
 
Casey: Motivating and Modifying for Learning Disabilities
 
Sarah: Supporting Intellectual Giftedness
 
Malcolm: Addressing the Challenges of AD/HD
 
Raul: Bridging Cultural Gaps
 
Leslie: Accommodating Physical Disabilities
 
Yu-Shin: Reaching Reluctant English Language Learners
 
Part II: Activities
 
Getting to Know Your Learners
 
Designing Environments that Support Your Learners
 
Developing Lessons to Meet the Needs of Your Learners
 
Gathering Data to Improve Instruction
 
Communicating with Families
 
Glossary

"Building on Student Diversity can be used in various ways: as a core text, depending on the objectives of the class; or as a supplement to other texts used in pedagogy, multicultural, or special needs courses."KAPPA DELTA PI RECORD

Valeri R. Helterbran
Kappa Delta Pi Record

"This book works to give teachers a tool for understanding how to examine their teaching methods and refine those methods to maximize student learning...Galton is a well known researcher...and he has valuable insights into tailoring teaching methods in ways to meet specific learning goals. This book is recommended for all elementary teachers looking for ways to maximize learning in their classroom."  —EDUCATION LIBRARIES

Jacqueline M. Borin
Cal State San Marcos Library
Education Libraries Volume 30, No. 2 Winter 2007

Textbook for CWU Class

Ms Susan Mayne
Teacher Education, Central Washington University/Pierce County Campus
September 23, 2012

Liked another resource better. This has been placed on my suggested reading list.

Dr Kimberly Silbaugh
School Of Education, Lesley University
October 10, 2011
Key features
  • Provides teachers with simulated versions of the documents they will have at their disposal when working in schools with actual students.
  •  The major portion of the book is made up of hands-on activities that teaching candidates will use both in the simulated situation of the text and in their actual classrooms.
  • The practical experience in this text gives teachers practice in working with the diverse students they meet in real classrooms.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5


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