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.
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.
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.
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 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.