Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Entry 2) Contextual Factors Entry 3) Teaching Unit Entry 4) Learning Environment Entry 5) Evaluations Entry 6) Logs
Entry #2 : Contextual Factors and Student Learning Adaptations
Total Number of Students in the School ___1610__
School Socio-Economic Profile (i.e., % free and reduced lunches) ___20%___
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Grade level /Subject Taught 9th Grade Concert Choir 9th & 10th Grade Choraliers 10th-12th Grade Chamber Singers 10th-12th Grade Chorale Number of Students in Classroom 37 17 15 36
(List the number of students identified in each class you teach and identify the class in which you are teaching your unit)
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Student Learning Adaptations:
(Describe at least one example of a strategy to provide equitable opportunities, accommodations, or modifications you attempted for any student identified within each contextual factor)
Gender Number of Females: 24 17 10 25 Number of Males: 13 0 5 11 Ethnic/Cultural Make-up Caucasian/White: 27 16 15 36 African America/Black: 4 1 0 0 Hispannic/Latino: 1 0 0 0 To accomadate students from multiple ethnicities, cultural connections to the student's experiences and the music studied in class will be made during lessons and activities. Asian/Pacific Islander: 4 0 0 0 To accomadate students from multiple ethnicities, cultural connections to the student's experiences and the music studied in class will be made during lessons and activities. American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1 0 0 0 Language Proficiency Number of English Language Learners (ELL): 0 0 0 0 Academic Performance # of Students Performing Below Grade Level: 0 0 0 0 # of Students Performing Above Grade Level: 0 0 0 0 Students with Special Needs Learning Disabled: 0 0 0 0 Emotionally or Behaviorally Impaired: 1 0 0 0 The classroom management plan and appropriate procedures for working with the students will allow the students to successfully participate in the classroom. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): 0 0 0 0 Developmentally Disabled/Mental Retardation: 1 0 0 0 Speech and Language Disorder: 0 0 0 0 Autism/PDD/Asperger Syndrome: 1 0 0 0 Gifted and Talented: 0 0 0 0 Blind or Visually Impaired (VI) 0 0 0 0 Deaf or Hearing Impaired (HI): 0 0 0 0 Physically Disabled: 0 0 0 0 The classroom environment is appropriate and accessible for students with physical disabilities. However, if there are any activities including movement in the classroom, an alternative activitie will be provided for the student. Other Health Impaired: 0 0 0 0
The cognitive level of the students is that of high school teenagers grade levels 9, 10, 11 & 12. The students physical characteristics are that of individuals towards the middle to end of puberty. This means some will be tall, some short. The students will be at different levels due to the different ages. Since the students are going through puberty they will be emotionally and socially growing and still not completely confident in themselves. They are in the middle of learning about themselves and becoming more independent.
The students are from many backgrounds in the Overland Park, KS area
. The students are from many diverse ethnic backgrounds and religions and those views influence the personality and ideas of the classroom.
Environmental Considerations:The quality of environment of the school is positive and productive. The only disadvantage of the environment is that the high school has two campuses and must bus some of their students from one place to another. This could prevent continuity and hinder structure necessary for the students. Otherwise the school and district environment benefits the students’ learning.
The community of Overland Park, KS is a suburban family focused community. Since Overland Park is near the metropolitan area of Kansas City, there are many opportunities for the students to experience the arts and culture in the city.
Instructional Strategies Appropriate for Student Characteristics and Environmental Considerations:
Some instructional strategies that can be used to enhance the learning of the students would be activities that relate to their lifestyle. Using the local resources from Kansas City and the diverse background of the students, many different strategies can connect the students with music. Having learning strategies that help the students relate to different cultures and ethnicities in music will help them relate to each other while still learning music.
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