Determine 3 ways you can meet diverse needs in your inclusive general education classroom. What is your goal for the first statement? Write a paragraph describing the goal.
I just finished a Special Education class. Thanks!
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The two magic words are: Differentiated Instruction.
No two students are built the same, just like there are no two human beings alike. The uniqueness of need from one student to another makes us responsible to answer to them, regardless of the level of need each student possesess. We live in a century where globalization metaphors the cross-curricular nature of the lesson plans we should be preparing for the needs of Millennial learners:DESPITE their level of need. So whether they are special needs or not-- we respond to each call! :)
I think that both posts are highly accurate. If there is an answer to the issue of meeting the needs of all students in the classroom setting, it lies in the ability to differentiate the curriculum. Teachers have to have their fingers on the pulse of their students' needs and match up curriculum in terms of instruction, delivery, setting, assessment, process, and product. This will allow teachers to meet the needs of all learners. I think that the element of "taking the pulse" is critical. When a teacher has been able to gauge this, students' learning needs will be met.
Post #2 above, I believe, has given you excellent advice and framed the major points for you to consider. Two sentences especially ring true:
What informs your actions in the classroom [in regard to special needs students] should be consistent with the goal for the classroom. You should also keep in mind that good practices for special needs students are good practices for all students.
My own experience tells me that this is exactly right. Your guiding principle for students in general may well serve your purpose here.
This is one of the challenges of today's teacher, isn't it? What is the pedagogy that informs your ideas about this aspect of education today? In other words, what is the educational principle that guides your ideas about addressing the needs of all your special needs students? If you think of three strategies you might use in the classroom to address the needs of your special needs students, you should be able to see a pattern or a theme emerge. That is the theme that will inform your general statement. It might be the principle of inclusion, it might be the idea of multiple intelligences, it might be an idea about the classroom community. What informs your actions in the classroom should be consistent with the goal for the classroom. You should also keep in mind that good practices for special needs students are good practices for all students. Everyone, to some degree, requires differentiated instruction. I am tempted to provide you with a statement to get you going, but I will refrain because I believe that you need to grapple with this idea on your own. Once you have a statement or some kind of outline, why not submit another inquiry for feedback?
Ok, here's what I have thus far.
In today’s general education classroom, it is important that teachers provide three significant aspects for all students. Teachers must be able to differentiate instruction to all students, including but not limited to students with disabilities. This is essential because all individuals learn differently. Furthermore, teachers must be willing to work collaboratively with the student, family members, and the IEP team to meet the needs of the student. This requires having a firm understanding of the student’s disability, recognizing what accommodations are needed, discovering what positively motivates the student, and determining which learning strategies are the least and most effective. Lastly, it is the general education teacher’s responsibility to foster an inclusive, engaging, and accepting environment for all students. Students will learn to respect and appreciate differences, helping them to become well-rounded individuals. This is the framework for the classroom I plan to create. I will collaborate with my students to work cooperatively in groups, as well as individually, to achieve the appropriate goals we will set together, making all students educationally, vocationally, and socially successful persons.
Thanks for any insight you provide. :)
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