Creating a Welcoming Classroom for Students with Special Needs Listen to my interview with Jam Gamble, or read a full transcript here. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 55:25 — 76.5MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | I can remember the first time I taught students with special needs. I was teaching sixth grade, and twelve students with IEPs had been placed in a single class period with me. Despite the fact that I’d had one whole 3-credit college course devoted entirely to special education, I was absolutely clueless.
UDL Guides Personalized Learning "Many children struggle in schools... because the way they are being taught is in the way that is incompatible with the way they learn." Peter Senge Universal Design for Learning® (UDL) is the lens to guide the design of Personalized Learning Environments. About UDL My passion is to remove the obstacles to learning for all students and these free tools offer opportunities for struggling learners that promote academic success. When material is digital or electronic, it is flexible and accessible. It is our responsibility as educators to provide materials that promote success. Please encourage all educators to consider using these free tools. 10 Strategies and Practices That Can Help All Students Overcome Barriers Educators today are faced with the daunting task of teaching students that face personal and social emotional challenges on a broad scale unlike any other generation. We now have in our schools what we refer to as the recession babies, a generation of children whose parents experienced hardships, loss of jobs, addiction and other tragedies during very trying economic times. Many of whom have yet to recover. Caught in the middle of this social, moral and ethical dilemma is the teacher who is faced with ensuring the delivery of content and skills necessary to “close the gap” and ensure proficiency on standardized assessments.
Creating a #UDL Toolbox: My Presentation Tools (Part 2) Helping our students find the right tools for the job is so important! When you are providing students with a "toolbox" of tools, you want to think of providing students with different ways to represent concepts and show what they know. If you remember my post last week, I had mentioned the story of one teacher, who requires her students to learn how to use specific tools from August to December. In January, she begins having her students use the best tool for the job. Organiser Tools Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad! guest Join | Help | Sign In
Eligibility for Special Education Services: Articles, Resouces and Decisions from Wrightslaw Eligibility FAQs | Articles | Legal Resources | Caselaw Print this page Note: We have a YouTube video about the use of RTI to delay an evaluation to determine eligibility. For that and other Wrightslaw YouTube videos, go to the "Wrightslaw YouTube Channel" at: www.youtube.com/user/wrightslaw When Congress reauthorized IDEA, they strengthened the role of parents: UDL-CCSS Video Crosswalk The National Center on UDL library of UDL principles and practice videos illustrate how to apply the UDL guidelines to classroom lessons. They can also be used to demonstrate how to address specific Common Core State Standards (CCSS). View the following videos and read these overviews to learn which UDL principles, UDL guidelines, and CCSS are highlighted in each video. The Grade 1 Mathematics video specifically addresses these Mathematics CCSS: CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2: Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones.CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2a: Understand the following as special cases: 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones—called a "ten."
What is Universal Design for Learning Universal Design for Learningis a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. Why is UDL necessary? Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints.
Determining Special Education Eligibility Special education eligibility is bound by IDEA but there are no definite rules for determining who is eligible for special education. This is a VERY important concept to understand. It means that under the law, the IEP team has the flexibility to determine if a child qualifies for services. Universal Design for Learning Fosters Expert Learners I really think this is the lens we need to be looking through when we think about improving student achievement. “In many classrooms, the focus is on an illusory average student. Many curricula are designed for that student. Cognitive neuroscience has shown us that there really isn’t an average student anywhere and that is why it is an illusory student. Universal Design for Learning, though, is particularly focus on making sure that we get those students who have been marginalized. For whom that designing for the average student has never worked well.