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1Critical commentary: Incorporating diverse cultures and communities of learnersTeacher College, Western Governors UniversityMaster of Arts in Teaching, Special EducationHelena Angelo02 August 2021
2Critical commentary: Incorporating diverse cultures and communities of learnersIdentification of VideosThe following three videos were selected for this task: Case #586 – Building ClassroomCommunity Through the Study of Chinese Art and Culture, Case #59 – Creating Fractured FairyTales Using Story Maps, and Case #42 – Developing U.S. History Content Vocabulary.Reflection of Video ObservationsTeacher Incorporation of Individual Needs to Learning EnvironmentIn the video case Developing U.S. History Content Vocabulary, the instructor meets thestudent’s cultural needs by using real life examples of their families paying taxes to fill in themissing concepts of taxes in the United States. Similarly, the instructor separated the studentsbased on their English language proficiency. In the video case Creating Fractured Fairy TalesUsing Story Maps, the instructor meets the student’s emotional needs by utilizing scaffolding andmodeling to build confidence in oral reading fluency and comprehension skills with her studentsdiagnosed with dyslexia. In the video case Building Classroom Community Through the Studyof Chinese Art and Culture, the instructor meets the student’s social needs by utilizingcollaborative work to encourage her extroverted students to work appropriately in groups andaccept other’s views/opinions. Similarly, the group work encourages development of social skillsfor the two students who prefer to be alone.

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