Conduct 9 hours of research on learning environments for individuals with exceptionalities in the following settings:
Setting 1: 4.5 hours in a K-8 classroom that services individuals with exceptionalities and may include an inclusion classroom, resource room, and/or a self-contained classroom.
Setting 2: 4.5 hours in a 9-12 classroom that services individuals with exceptionalities and may include an inclusion classroom, resource room, and/or a self-contained classroom.
Within each setting, observe the following:
Demands of the learning environment, including:
Demands on the teacher
Demands on the student(s) with exceptionalities:
Demands on the other students in the environment;
Classroom management theories and strategies employed for individuals with exceptionalities;
Expectations for personal and social behavior in the learning environment;
How the learning environment is designed to encourage active participation in individual and group activities;
Whether the least intensive behavior management strategy was used and is consistent with the needs of individuals with exceptionalities;
How the learning environment supported positive intracultural and intercultural experiences; and
How the activities of paraeducators, volunteers, and tutors were structured, directed, and supported.
Based on your clinical field experiences in both settings, summarize your findings in a 250-500-word reflection. Within your reflection:
Summarize the findings of the observations.
Draw conclusions from the observations.
Apply the conclusions you have drawn to your practice as a professional.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.