Assignment 1


Observe and interview a general education teacher in order to answer the questions:

You will need to ask the teacher how many students in the classroom are in the following categories:
Students who are Gifted and Talented
Students who have High Incidence Disabilities (Learning Disabled, Emotionally Disturbed, Mildly Cognitively Impaired, Speech/Language, Physically Impaired, High Functioning Autism)Student who have Low Incidence Disabilities (Moderately Cognitively Impaired,  Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired,  Low Functioning Autism, Multiply Impaired, Severe and Profound Cognitive Impairments)
Students who are English Language Learners
Students who have literacy issues in that they are two or more grade levels behind in reading, writing or mathematics.
Students  who are from impoverished families
Students whose culture is different from the dominant culture in the school.
Students who are average and functioning at grade level.
How does the teacher collaborate with grade level partners, special education personnel, specialist, administration, parents, students, and community agencies?
Look for evidence of the teacher’s commitment to working collaboratively with all stakeholders.  
How does the teacher plan for instruction?
What are the challenges of collaboration?
How do school professionals collaborate in order to support the learning needs of all students in the classroom?

Either you can use your interview to make a presentation or write a standard paper. Relate the body of literature to the interview.

If you choose to complete a presentation you may use Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, a free web presentation website (, or Google Presentations (  Your presentation should be 10-15 slides that include a title slide and a reference slide. Slides should be easy to read and appealing. Only key words and phrases should be on the slide itself. Use the notes section below the slide or a separate Word document to add a script. This should give all of the details of what you would say. Make sure to cite any sources you use.

If you prefer to write a paper, it should be written in essay format (not question and answer). Please use APA format. Remember, personal interviews are cited and not referenced. You may also want to pull in some resources to help document what you learned through your interview. Please make sure to properly cite and reference the sources. Your paper should be between 3 and 5 pages.