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Manuel Manuel's Academic Successes in High School

   

Added on  2019-09-18

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Scenario:Manuel’s records have finally arrived at the school. Included are his past attendance records, prior teacher reports and referrals, medical history from the nurse’s office, prioracademic achievement, and standardized state and district test scores. It seems that Manuel was also struggling academically at his past school, especially in classes that require heavy reading and writing, such as English and Social Studies, and you learn that he had a reading tutor from first through fourth grade. You also notice that he seems to have done consistently better in his Math classes there as well. You and Mr. Franklin have already spoken to his other teachers and his parents regarding your concerns and everyone, including Manuel's parents, agrees that something needs to be done. His mother is concerned that being labeled as “Learning Disabled” will cause himembarrassment while, his father, who is an engineer, feels that his son’s talents are not being fully expressed.They go on to explain that although Manuel is fluent in English, prior to moving to his new school, their community was predominately Hispanic and Spanish-speaking and he is bilingual in both English and Spanish. They have heard that the assessments you will use to evaluate his ability will not take this potential language and culture barrier into account.You decide to create a document for Manuel's parents to help them understand the difference between informal and formal assessments, how using both types of assessment is known to mitigatebias, the purposes, merits and limitations of standardized assessments, and the how the statistical results from assessments are used in the planning and development of an IEP.Scenario:Manuel is becoming more and more listless in class and is still not doing well with his assignments. You have noticed though, that he seems to be making friends, as outside of class each morning you notice him joking and talking with a group of boys. They talk about BMX bikes and an online computer game that they all play. You are aware that some of the boys in that group are involved in the school robotics team and you begin to wonder how you could use his newly formed friendships and your insights into his interests to support his language arts skills.You and Mr. Franklin are also excited about a workshop you just attended with Dr. Janette Klingner who talked abouthow to realize the potential of RTI(Klingner, J, 2011) with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The Child Study Team has been doing diagnostic work to see if there are other variables within the classroom and/or school environment that may be affecting Manuel's performance. What the Child Study Team discovers is that Manuel feels embarrassed by his slow reading compared to his classmates and does not see the relevance of classes that are not related to his intended career goal, engineering. The team also notes that Manuel is able to write well, but he often does not finish in-class assignments and tests, and his homework written assignments are very short. The lack of length in his assignments consistently costs him points.When you talk to Manuel he shows pride when you compliment him on his bilingual ability and ask for his help in translating for a new student from Guatemala. Finally, the team becomes aware that Manuel does not want to be labeled "dumb" and is worried that he will be made fun of if he is pulled out of his regular classes for more intensive support. Manuel’s vision and hearing test were both arenormal and his medical exam does not reveal any medical issues.As a member of the Child Study Team (CST) and taking into account Manuel's interests and the social and cultural influences that may be affecting Manuel's school performance, you and the CST are planning your next steps. You and Mr. Franklin discuss what interventions would take into account Manuel’s cultural and linguistic background. You also discuss how to involve Manuel in this process. You wonder what kinds of ethical and legal issues you may need to account for as you make your recommendations and the two of you decide to create a document that explains your

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