This set of short videos demonstrates the process that two teachers went through when planning for specific children who need more individualized instruction on some of their learning objectives. These vignettes will show clips of their planning meeting as well as what it looks like in the classroom when these plans are implemented.
Head Start Center for Inclusion would like to thank Teachers Jordan Taitingfong and Valerie Li at the Haring Center in Seattle Washington for allowing us to film their planning session as well as their teaching sessions during their busy classroom day.
This video shows Jordan and Valerie setting up for their weekly planning meeting. They begin to talk how the week is going as well as which children they want to focus on to provide some more individualized teaching on their learning objectives.
Planning Session: Using Planning Form
This video shows Jordan talking through the process of filling out a planning form, and how she will use it with a child named Dominic.
Planning Session: Dominic's Transitions
This video shows the lead teacher Jordan talking to Valerie about how she wants her to provide specific teaching with Dominic during the transition from Breakfast to Outside. They have decided on using pictures to help Dominic learn the transition.
In the Classroom: Dominic’s Transition—Breakfast, Clean-up and Line up to go Outside
This clip of the classroom demonstrates what the planned teaching will look like with Dominic. After Jordan gives the group direction to clean-up (not heard in the video), Valerie then shows Dominic a set of two pictures to teach him where he is and where he will be going next. She first shows him the picture for “Clean-up” and then shows him the picture for “line up”.
In the Classroom: Dominic's Free Choice Schedule
This video shows Jordan working with Dominic to create an easy written “Play Schedule”. She knows that his most preferred activity is computer and she wants him to experience more areas of the classroom besides just the computer area, so she asks him which two activities he wants to do before he does the computer for the day. She then writes them down in his journal so that he can see that after he engages with “Airplane” and “Coloring” he will get to do the computer. The video that shows the planning session for this in-class teaching session is listed above in the video entitled Planning Session: Using Planning Forms
Planning Session: Leah Asking a Friend to Play
This video clip shows Jordan and Valerie talking about how they want to give more individualized teaching to a child named Leah on asking a friend to play with her. She is a child who tends to play alone and one of her objectives is to play with friends, sharing materials and sharing her play ideas..
In the Classroom: Leah Asking a Friend to Play
Now we see Leah in the classroom, with Jordan giving Leah some extra help to ask a friend to play. She uses encouragement, choice making and positive verbal praise. She knows that Leah would prefer to play alone, but gives her a choice of who she could ask to play with her. Leah then chooses Myree and they begin building a Castle together.
Planning Session: Amir Name Writing
Here we have Jordan and Valarie planning for another child named Amir. He has been working for a long time at writing his name and has become resistant to even wanting to practice with a teacher. Here is how Jordan and Valerie decide where and when they will give him individualized practice.
In the Classroom: Amir Name Writing
This clip shows Amir at the writing center during free play time. Jordan has chosen to work with him at the writing center, because it is natural place to help him get some practice writing his name. At first Amir resists writing his name, but then he agrees to practice with some teacher support.
Planning Session: Mark - Concept Instruction
This planning session shows Jordan and Valerie planning for a child named Mark. Mark needs individualized teaching on learning certain concepts such as “on top” and “under”. They decide to embed this learning objective into a fun group activity during circle time.
In the Classroom: Mark - Concept Instruction
This clip shows Jordan leading a song at circle time. She has chosen a song that uses bean bags, which has the children follow the directions of the song, as to where on their body they should put the bean bag. She then adds in more concept work for the whole group, and specifically gives instructions to Mark during the ongoing group activity.
This is the end of the planning session and Jordan and Valerie are recapping the meeting. Valerie has decided that she will pull all the materials needed in the morning and Jordan will post the planning forms on the wall in a visible spot for everyone to see.