You must arrange to spend a minimum of four hours in a self-contained classroom of students with emotional and behavioral disorders or an inclusion classroom that contains students with emotional and behavioral disorders observing the teacher and the students and interacting with them. Your report of your observation should address the following questions separately and extensively:
Date and Time of the Observation
Description of the Setting:
Community: Rural, urban, or suburban?
School: Elementary, middle, or high school? How many total students are served at the school? What percentage of the student body receives special education services?
Classroom: How is the room arranged? What are on the walls? Are there computers or learning centers in the classroom?
1. Description of Students and Teacher:
Age, grade level, and gender of the students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
What were the criteria for placement in this setting?
What type of emotional or behavioral disorders do these students exhibit?
Description/background of the teacher and an any other adults working with the students.
What are their classroom duties of the other adults in the classroom?
What is the overall approach or combination of approaches being used in the classroom (e.g., Direct Instruction, Collaborative Learning, etc.)?
What specific strategies are used for academic accommodations to the curriculum
What specific strategies are evident for behavior management techniques
Are there any individual behavior intervention plans (BIP) in place?
3. Reflection: (5 points)
What new information did you learn from this observation?
What, if any preconceived notions about students with EBD did you have going into this classroom?
Were your ideas changed by this observation?
What, if anything might you change or do differently if this was your classroom?
What new information have you learned from your readings, literature review etc., that you could apply to teaching children with EBD in your future career?
4. Grammar: Punctuation, spelling, APA format, (4 points)