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ERIC Number: ED369623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Ma, Pa, School Folks and Kids: Working a Patchwork to a Complete "Heart."
Fedje, Laurie; Scoggins, Joyce
Teachers at a small rural elementary school developed a curriculum to help children acquire life coping skills. Children learn responsible behavior and gain independence through discussion of "Heart" concepts, problem-solving, and drawing and writing assignments. "Heart" concepts are taught on a daily basis in the special education resource classroom and on a weekly basis in regular classrooms. Concepts include responsibility; a positive attitude; self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-discipline; effective communication skills; friendships; and effective problem-solving skills. The principal, social worker, counselor, paraprofessionals, and playground staff are also involved in facilitating small-group discussions focusing on program concepts. During group discussions, concepts are developed into appropriate topic sentences for writing or themes for drawing assignments. Parents are encouraged to participate in classroom sessions after being trained by staff. Included is a case study of a student who participated in the program and progressed from placement in a self-contained classroom because of emotional problems to mainstreaming into regular classrooms within 1 year. Appendices include an overview of curriculum goals and concepts, a description of attitudes of the "Heart," and academic skill gains of sixth-grade special-education students participating in the program. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming