ERIC Number: ED350808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
I Make a Difference! A Curriculum Guide Building Self-Esteem and Sensitivity in the Inclusive Classroom.
Tamaren, Michele C.
This curriculum is designed to allow students to recognize their own positive attributes and to respect the individual characteristics of others. The curriculum guide, designed for use in grades 4-8, offers a dynamic process approach to enhance cooperation and self-esteem in the inclusive classroom. It was formulated to challenge and empower students to grow toward their greatest potential. The program objectives include fostering a supportive environment in which teachers, students, and ancillary personnel work cooperatively to assure one another's growth; recognizing the ability to make a difference in one's own life and in the lives of others; establishing consideration and respect for all persons regardless of race, religion, age, physical challenges, or learning challenges; developing sensitivity and awareness of learning style and learning challenges; and recognizing and celebrating talents and emerging skills in one's self and one's peers. The program's interactive process stimulates critical thinking and problem-solving skills and integrates multiple curriculum areas. The guide's introductory chapters discuss self-esteem and children with learning disabilities, and the teacher as model. Lessons are presented in the context of nine themes, including: "Making a Difference,""Establishing Behavioral Expectations,""Developing Sensitivity toward Others,""Encouraging Supporting Classroom Behaviors,""Developing Positive Visualization and Self-Talk Strategies,""Building Self-Esteem,""Understanding and Respecting Variation in Learning Style," and "The Classroom as a Team." Appendices contain copies of handouts used in the curriculum, a learning style preference assessment, and work samples. (JDD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum Guides, Integrated Activities, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Competence, Junior High Schools, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Peer Acceptance, Peer Relationship, Self Actualization, Self Esteem, Sensitivity Training, Social Behavior, Student Behavior, Student Development, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Thematic Approach
Academic Therapy Publications, 20 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA 94949-6191 ($13.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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