Special Ed Information for Teachers & Parents
Today’s classrooms are changing rapidly. An increasing number of identified students are educated within the mainstream school system. Laws governing the education of students, including those with disabilities, impact the funding of schools as well as what subjects are taught. Technological advances are often at war with shrinking school budgets, resulting in difficult budgetary choices that can seem at odds with governmental demands to raise educational standards. Indeed, parents, teachers and school communities face complex questions and issues regarding special education in the 21st century.
Explore the wide and diverse arena of special education, from neurological disorders to gifted students, to learning disabilities, to physical impairments. There are articles on that cover the principals of IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education), and LRE (Least Restrictive Environment). There are modified lesson plans for teachers and advice and resources for parents on how to work with the school system to meet the educational needs of their child. All articles are written and vetted by experienced voices within the education system, including professors, special ed teachers and assistants, and parents of children with special needs. We look forward to working together to make this area a trusted source of information on the technology and issues that affect the future of our children.
Incorporate the characteristics of being a good citizen in your inclusion classroom!
Science allows for some excellent group activities in the inclusion classroom. Here is one lesson plan that incorporates hands-on learning, organization skills, and technology.
Need some ideas for your inclusion classroom? Check out this leveled Language Arts plan involving creating comic strips.
Check out some new ways to incorporate executive functions and study skills into your lesson planning! This lesson aids students in improving their working memory.
Need some fresh ideas for refining the executive functions and building study skills? This comprehensive plan will inspire you to keep strengthening the foundation of student learning with activities on organization and categorization.
The executive functions may seem like abstract concepts to actually teach, but when applying their use in relation to study skills, you will be happy with the results! This lesson focuses on self-control and auto monitoring.
The final step in writing that students with special needs should focus on is how to proofread and publish.
The executive functions and study skills go hand in hand for learning. Students with learning difficulties must receive specific remedial practice to strengthen these important areas.
The executive functions are the building blocks of learning. Strengthening these foundational functions while teaching study skills is essential when teaching students with learning difficulties.
In the 3rd step of the writing process, students should work on rewriting and revising. This is the stage where they should learn to be their own worst critic. Read on for tips on teaching this phase of the writing process to students with special needs.
The writing phase is the most crucial part of the writing process. Here students will need to be taught the science of writing in order to really get the writing juices flowing.
Students who struggle with writing need patience and persistence, but they can develop their skills with practice. This series goes through the five stages of the writing process to help children with learning disabilities or other special needs feel comfortable writing.
One common problem students with special needs face is imply not using their allowed accommodations such as longer test time, etc. Learn why this is such an issue and how you can help overcome it.
One of the easier things you can do to help students with special needs perform better on tests is to simply familiarize students with the test format. Here are some tips on modifying your teaching to get students prepared for testing.
Many students with special needs want to do well on exams, but face a multitude of challenges. Some of which are low self-esteem and text anxiety. Learn tips on building up your student’s confidence and decreasing their stress levels.
The last thing a Special Education teacher should do is expect students with special needs to perform the same as a typical student in all areas. Instead, learn effective techniques to help these students improve confidence, self-esteem and test-taking skills.
Teaching students with disabilities requires a lot of creative thinking among other things. If you are like a lot of teachers, balancing a mixture of disabilities in one classroom can present a challenge when it comes to differentiating instruction. Using Turning Point has many benefits.
Many learning disabilities are characterized by difficulties with production of material learned. Check out this lesson plan that guides students through written expression.
Production of learned material is fundamental to student achievement. Use this plan to close out your comprehensive sight word unit!
It can be time consuming to come up with comprehensive lesson plans for a class with diverse learning disabilities. Let us do the work for you with this week long sight word unit.