Ch 19: Cultural Sensitivity in the SPED Classroom

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This chapter is a great tool you can use to develop a better understanding of how special education teachers can acknowledge cultural diversity in the classroom. Use these lessons if you are seeking a professional development resource or preparing for teacher licensing exams.

Cultural Sensitivity in the SPED Classroom - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will review ways in which culture impacts language development and learning and what strategies teachers can use to understand the needs of culturally diverse students. You can also learn more about the ways in which a student's approach to learning is affected by his or her cultural background.

These lessons also cover instructional strategies that can be used for second-language instruction and students with special needs. Once your review of this chapter is complete, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss variations in language in different cultures
  • Describe different types of second-language instruction strategies
  • Explain what cultural and environmental factors affect language development
  • Talk about effective ways in which special needs students are taught in mainstream classrooms
  • Evaluate ELL students who might need special education instruction
  • Name different styles of parenting and describe their impact on a child's learning
  • Design curriculum and lesson plans with an eye toward individual students' cultural background and interests
  • Make changes to instructional approaches based on individual students' needs
  • Detail the Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) method

Short lessons and easy accessibility make it simple to study at your own pace, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Lessons are presented in both video and text formats, and transcripts are printable so you can create handy reference materials. Self-assessment quizzes measure your preparedness to move from one topic to the next.

9 Lessons in Chapter 19: Cultural Sensitivity in the SPED Classroom
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Variations in Language Across Cultures

1. Variations in Language Across Cultures

Language varies from culture to culture. Even within the same language, there are differences in how it is spoken. Watch this video lesson to learn some of the ways English differs in different cultures.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

2. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

3. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.

Educating Students with Special Needs

4. Educating Students with Special Needs

In this lesson, we will explore how to educate students with special needs. We will specifically address how the educational needs of these students are best served if they are in a mainstream classroom being taught alongside their peers.

Assessing ELL Students for Special Education

5. Assessing ELL Students for Special Education

Teachers of English Language Learners face unique challenges in identifying students who require special education services. This lesson describes a process for fair and accurate identification of English Language Learners with special needs.

Impact of Parenting Styles on Different Styles of Learners

6. Impact of Parenting Styles on Different Styles of Learners

When you got in trouble as a child, how did your parents react? This lesson covers four different parenting styles identified in educational psychology, including authoritarian, authoritative, indulgent, and neglecting. Typical results from each parenting style are discussed in terms of children's behaviors, as well as application of the styles in a classroom environment.

Meeting Student Needs in the Classroom

7. Meeting Student Needs in the Classroom

Effective teachers design curriculum and learning activities with individual student needs in mind. This lesson details how students' needs, backgrounds, perspectives, and interests can be reflected in a learning program.

Understanding Diverse Learning Needs

8. Understanding Diverse Learning Needs

Students each have unique skills, abilities, and needs that need to be addressed. This lesson will explain several ways students can be different from one another and how you can tailor your instruction to address their needs.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Theory, Research & Strategies

9. Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Theory, Research & Strategies

A person's culture can impact their approach to education and the way they learn. In this lesson, we'll examine culturally responsive teaching, a teaching method that takes into account students' cultures to help them succeed.

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