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The Inclusive Class: 10 Easy Changes Teachers Can Make to Facilitate Inclusion

The Inclusive Class: 10 Easy Changes Teachers Can Make to Facilitate Inclusion
"Over, under, around or through find a way, or make a way" is a quote by Paula Kluth that recently reminded me of how I found ways to include all my students in a classroom activity, regardless of their ability level. While I am speaking with Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen about this topic on an upcoming podcast, I wanted to share one of the most successful ways that I used as a classroom teacher to facilitate inclusion. In order to have students aquire the same learning experiences, teachers have to be prepared for the differences in their student's abilities and learning styles. Here are 10 easy changes teachers can make to facilitate inclusion: r Time - change the time of day the activity is planned for, the duration of activity, the time of week or even the month. r Space - change the physical seating arrangement in the class, change the environment (turn off the lights, shut the door or open the windows), change the workspace or even the room (go to the library or sit outside). Related:  Inclusive Education and Differentiation

The Inclusive Class: Top 10 Websites for the Inclusive Classroom Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips - literally. That's why I put together a list of 10 outstanding websites that teachers can use in the inclusive classroom (or any classroom, for that matter!). It was difficult to narrow the list down to 10, given all the websites that are available on the internet! Do you have any to add to this list?

Essential information: P scales Comment:Last Updated:4 February, 2013Section:Resources Great SEN based guidance and ideas to support planning and assessment across a number of subjects. P scales 4-8 progression grid - word, sentence and text level literacy objectives Well laid out assessment/progression grid broken into the component parts of the P scale. P scales for APP type assessment P scales, from P4 to level 1, put in an APP style of format. Literacy writing P scales Writing level descriptors in a word doc - from P1(i) through to 1A. TAP website A variety of resources to encourage speaking and listening across all curriculum areas and a different levels – including P levels. Literacy SoW for special needs pupils Literacy activities tracked back to provide ideas for pupils working at P levels. P scales Useful resource for all teachers who work with students on the P scales - broken down into subject specific p levels. Maths P scales Maths level descriptors in a word doc - from P1(i) through to 1C. Working with P scales

'Auti-Sim' Game Simulates Life With Childhood Autism In a playground filled with gleeful shouts, you approach a group of children. Suddenly, your vision turns blurry and pixelated. The echoing screams become raucous. It's the experience of sensory overload, according to a new game called Auti-Sim. The closer you get to loud and active children, the more overwhelming the situation becomes. Taylan Kadayifcioglu (who goes by Taylan Kay), one of the game's programmers, says he was inspired by an excerpt from a documentary called Inside Autism. "It was striking how an ordinary, everyday environment could pose significant challenges," Kay tells Mashable. "It was striking how an ordinary, everyday environment could pose significant challenges," Kay tells Mashable. After posting the demo on indie game site Game Jolt, Auti-Sim received generally positive feedback. "We have had quite a few people with autism thanking us for giving them a means of communicating what they are going through," Kay says. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube, Taylan Kay

Great Co-Teaching: An Interview with Anne Beninghof As I mentioned in my last post, I recently participated at a day-long workshop with special educator Anne Beninghof, author of several books, including most recently Co-Teaching That Works: Structures and Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning. Anne agreed to an interview for our Two Teacher blog, and I’m delighted to have you see for yourself what a dynamic speaker and innovative educator she is. Some background: Anne is considered a pioneer in the area of inclusion and has published six books on teaching diverse learners in inclusion classrooms. She is a professional development consultant who firmly connects her ideas to research and real-world experience. Anne Beninghof Elizabeth: Please tell us about your teaching career and how you became so passionately involved in supporting teachers and reaching students with special needs. Anne: My first teaching years were spent in schools that served only children with disabilities. Thanks, Anne! Enjoy!

The Inclusive Class: 25 Easy Ways to Improve Executive Functioning Skills How do we help our children or students who are perpetually losing things, often running late and seem completely disorganized? Do we reprimand them for being lazy? Do we keep them in at recess because they forgot to do their homework? Or, do we wonder if there is a reason as to why this child just can't seem to pull things together? Teachers and parents often spend an inordinate amount of time supporting children with weak executive function skills. However, in a carefully planned and organized school day, there are 25 easy ways for teachers and parents to help strengthen weak executive functioning skills in kids: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

A Whole School Approach to Improving Access, Participation and Achievement Advice from the OT: Why it's so hard for children to sit still and what you can do about it Minds in Bloom is so very honored to welcome guest blogger Loren Shlaes, a registered pediatric occupational therapist and regular contributor to the special needs blog at Pediastaff (who were instrumental in making this series possible). This is the first in a series of post from Loren about how to help students who may be challenged with attention, sensory, or other issues be successful in the classroom. Most likely, you have at least a few students with these challenges every year, but even if you don't, the information in these posts are relevant to all teachers. This first post focuses on something that most teachers struggle with around this time of the year...helping students to pay attention! If You Want Children to Sit Still, You Have to Let Them MoveChildren need to move their bodies in order to be able to stay focused and to learn. Want to read more from Loren? Minds in Bloom would also like to thank PediaStaff for collaborating with Loren to make this series possible.

International Down Syndrome Coalition- IDSC: IDSC 2013 World Down Syndrome Day Video Release We are so excited to share with you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Day video. Individuals with Down syndrome are more than their diagnosis. This year's video introduces you to many people, and invites you to find out who they are! If after watching the video, you find you are interested in purchasing it, it is available in our new IDSC Store for $9.99, or you can buy 3 for $21, by purchasing it at our 3 for 21 special rate! Without further adieu we give you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Video. A special thank you to Sarah Conant for allowing us to use her song Who I Am for this year's Who I Am campaign. Another very special thank you to Katie Kalsi for creating the strap that was the inspiration for the designs for the entire Who I Am campaign.

TeachMeetSEN In partnership with Leicester City Council TeachMeet SEN took place on 28 January 2012 with over 60 people attending in person from all over the UK. It will live on through a micro-site which will contain the resources shared on the day, including the best videos of the presentations and selected tweets, photos and blog posts. The site is in production, and will be linked here once ready, but if you can't wait, you can see photos on the flickr and read blog posts by Josie Fraser and Jo Badge for quick summaries of the day. What is TeachMeetSEN? TeachMeet SEN will focus on engaging, amazing and effective examples of practice from parents and carers, school leaders, teachers and learning support staff working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). What is a TeachMeet? TeachMeets are informal, free meetings, providing space and structure for people supporting education to share practice, innovation, insight and approaches. Venue, date and time Accommodation Social!

What Type of Learner Are You? [Infographic] Do you remember how you used to do your revisions in school and after? Which way was the most effective for you? Do you commit everything to memory, use mindmaps, make a recording of your teacher or lecturer’s lessons or carry around note cards to read on the way to school and back? Well, it turns out that the way one student studies may differ from the way a classmate does because there are different styles of learning we are individually adept for. There are essentially four types: visual learners, auditory learners, read and write learners, and kinesthetics learners. Each function is clearly illustrated and explained in today’s featured infographic by Tell us which is your learning style. Recommended Reading: More infographics Spot an infographic you think will be a perfect fit here?

Why I Fought For Inclusion | livinglifejoyfully Every year that I attend the National Inclusion Project’s Champions Gala, I leave with so many emotions. I can always guarantee someone, or something, will bring me to tears and this year was no exception. Being the mother of a son with a disability, I relate to many many things said or shown at the Gala and every year there seems to be one moment that gets to me more than others. This year it came towards the end when Aron Hall, Director of Programs was speaking. I have attended many parent conferences during the years, mostly in the early years, and one year our speaker was Norman Kunc, who is a well-known speaker, author, and advocate for disability-related issues. From the moment Jamie was in school, I believed in, and fought for inclusion. I remember one particular difficult IEP meeting. Middle school was the most difficult of all the school years. Next came high school. One story I will tell you now, happened not in school, but in a group I belonged to on the internet. Like this:

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would strongly encourage people to participate. Katie’s the best teacher I’ve ever seen…. In addition, Katie and I have co-authored a piece for Education Week Teacher on the topic that will be appearing there soon (it’s appeared: The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success), and an upcoming post in my blog there will be talking about it, too (that two part series has also appeared). I also did a second two-part series in Ed Week on differentiation. Also, check out The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations. Given all that, a “The Best…” post was inevitable, and here it is. Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction: The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction is by Rick Wormeli. Reconcilable Differences? Deciding to Teach Them All is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

TES collection Special needs - Visual support Comment:5 average rating | Comments (2)Last Updated:9 February, 2014Section:Resources Classroom resources index Special needs - Visual support Here is a fabulous collection of resources for teachers of SEN pupils. We’ve included lots of basic sheets, some for display, some for use directly with pupils. The resources give clear visual support to pupils, often incorporating PCS, Widgit or sign language symbols - The sort of thing that all SEN teachers will find useful and usually have to pay for or spend lots of valuable time trying to make themselves. A variety of classroom signs, in PDF documents, with a choice of format for the symbols: Class Signs - PCS format Class Signs - Widgit format Simple Communication Book Template for a simple communication book, with 24 PCS symbols. Widgit Symbols for Visual Timetables Visual Prompt Cards - Class Rules A set of reminder cards and desktop strips to encourage and reinforce good behaviour. ‘Wash your Hands’ Strips Daily Routine Photo Cards Ourselves Magnets