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ERIC Number: ED440904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-20
Pages: 10
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Lessons Learned from a Multiculturally, Economically Diverse Classroom Setting.
Lyman, Lawrence
For her sabbatical a professor of teacher education at Emporia State University returned to the elementary classroom after a 20-year absence to teach in a third/fourth combination classroom in the Emporia, Kansas Public Schools. The return to elementary classroom teaching provided the professor with the opportunity to utilize some of the social studies strategies she shared with her classroom management, social studies methods, and curriculum students at the university. These strategies included: building classroom community and promoting student ownership; focusing on a daily historical or current event; encouraging critical thinking and problem solving; planning for instruction using the multiple intelligences identified by Howard Gardner; and improving student understanding of geography. The elementary classroom the professor taught in, rich in cultural and economic diversity, consisted of 22 students, 10 third graders, and 12 fourth graders. A group building activity, "Getting To Know You," promoted student ownership of the classroom, while a daily "Parrot Puzzle" focused on different thinking skills and different areas of the curriculum. To make the best use of the limited time available in the classroom, teachers need to build community and ownership, integrate learning so connections are clear to students, and teach for the diverse learning needs of students. (Contains a resource list.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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