Teacher candidates will investigate the demands of a wide variety of learning environments. The focus of this three-hour class will be collaboratively creating and managing a developmentally appropriate, healthy, physically and emotionally safe learning environment for all individuals. In addition, overarching teacher preparation knowledge standards explored in this class include the principles of normalization and least restrictive environment, retaining and appreciating each other’s language and culture, utilizing technology to manage the teaching and learning environment, grouping for learning success, and strategies for crisis prevention and intervention. Candidates will learn standards-based skills to establish consistent routines, activities, and positive behavior supports that promote independent functioning for all children, including those with disabilities. Students will also learn how to provide a stimulus-rich indoor and outdoor environment that employs materials, media, and adaptive and assistive technology, responsive to individual differences. The development of collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills necessary to model and teach them to young learners is also emphasized. A 10-hour field experience-based project will be required. This experience will focus on the positive impact of differentiation, the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and co-teaching on the learning environment.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.