Addressing Case Study Discussion Questions
Part 1 For this Discussion, there are two case studies to assist you with real-life examples of improving reading and math skills. Read the case study on Sharon Smart. After reviewing the study, discuss with your classmates how Sharon's instructors can address the following: What are the characteristics of good versus poor readers? What does this suggest about the skills that Sharon will need to learn in order to be successful? If you were Sharon's teacher, discuss strategies you might use to teach specific reading skills. What demands must both Sharon and you meet in order for these to be successful? Examine the graphic organizers presented in the text. How might these be incorporated into Sharon's classroom?
Part2 Writing Assignment: Reading Strategy Instructional Plan Purpose: Reading is the foundation of all other academic skills and can often determine whether a student is successful in school. The skills associated with reading include phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and interpretation. Students with learning disabilities often struggle with reading and have deficits resulting in dyslexia. For that reason, teachers working with these students need to have a good understanding of reading strategies that are applicable to this student population. Directions: For the Unit 2 Assignment, you will create a Reading Plan to be used with learning disabled students. Review several reading strategies appropriate for learning disabled students and select one to apply to a specific grade level. Use the Reading Plan Template to complete this assignment. Include the following in the Reading Plan Template: The definition of dyslexia and characteristics of this learning disability. The strategy you have selected and why. Include how it addresses a need of students with learning disabilities. The process for teaching this strategy to the student. Outline your lesson with Language Objectives and Vocabulary within the lesson. What instructional plan will you use for this lesson? List your instructional strategies, learning tasks, literacy skills, and strategies. Discuss how you will measure the successful implementation of this strategy. What is the timeline for this lesson?
Part3 The prior case study focused on reading skills; in this case study, you will examine how to improve math skills. Read the Unit 2 essay by Melissa, a young woman who has struggled with dyscalculia. After you read the essay, discuss how you would address these issues with Melissa if she had been your student when she was at the grade level(s) you teach or plan to teach. What guidelines would you have followed in developing appropriate mathematics curriculum for students like Melissa? What formal and informal assessment strategies might you have used to determine the math skills of a student like Melissa? Describe some of the affective and motivational deficits students like Melissa will most likely face. What strategies might you use for overcoming these deficits? Compare and contrast the math strategies you have read about. Why might these be effective methods for teaching students like Melissa at your grade level? You have focused on math strategies in this discussion, explain if or how you would use these strategies for science and social studies. What changes would you need to make within your strategies for these two subjects?
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