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8 Important Tips For Working With A Special Needs Child

8 Important Tips For Working With A Special Needs Child | Elementary Education- Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Now that my 11 year old son is able to participate in more community activities, I am often asked, “Do you have any tips for working with Louie?” As the population of children with special needs co...
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 26, 2014 9:19 AM
It is important for a teacher with special education students to be flexible. If a teacher is set in their ways and not willing to change teaching styles to meet students' needs, the students will not be able to learn to the fullest of their ability. Once the teacher is flexible, the student will immediately show progress in the classroom.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 26, 2014 9:24 AM
Being consistent is another important quality for a teacher to have, especially if they have students with learning disabilities. Once special needs children get into a routine, they know what to expect, and therefore can ultimately so better in a classroom setting. This also helps with disciplinary skills. If someone in authority over the child is consistent, the student will know what they need to do in order to prevent a certain thing from happening.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 26, 2014 9:26 AM
Some children with learning disabilities have trouble communicating when it is necessary. Some may not tell you when they are hurt or need help because their brain doesn't function in that capacity. In order for a teacher to help this problem is to be observant. If he or she is constantly watching the child and making sure they are okay, the communication barrier will not be so much of an issue.
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Digital Learning Day :: Videos in Action

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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:46 AM
There is a National day dedicated to awareness of digital learning called Digital Learning Day. It's goal is to give educators a specific day to learn about new technologies to use in the year to come. But it's not all about just learning about the newest and greatest gadgets out there, its about applying technology to daily classroom lessons and ultimately helping to improve education so that students are learning to the best of their ability.
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Education World: Emma McDonald: Teaching Special-Needs Students in the Regular Classroom

Meeting the challenge of teaching special-needs students in a regular classroom.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 6, 2014 9:45 AM
General education teacher should b striving for all of their students to succeed, even those with special needs. If teachers took the time to talk to special education teachers in their school who have experience with that specific student, they will give them ideas on activities and esson plans that will help that student and the other students do well and thrive in the classroom. Not all special ed kids are the sam so trial and error is key.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 25, 2014 9:08 AM
When working with students with special needs, a teacher must be encouraging in the process. Children with mental disabilities want to succeed, like any other student. However they often get discouraged along the way because their minds don't function in the same way or speed as the students around them. If they have an encouraging teacher, though, who is willing to help them along the way and meet them with patience and a positive attitude, the students will thrive.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 25, 2014 9:12 AM
While teaching special education students, be sure to pay close attention to them and their needs. Also, look over their I.E.P frequently in case some changes are made, and to refresh your mind on how your students learns. Keep in contacts with the student's parents to figure out what motivates them and apply it to the classroom. And be sure to keep a positive attitude and an energetic character so your student can succeed.
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Common Core and Special Education, Part 3 - YouTube

Learn more about what changes the new Common Core State Standards will bring to your classroom.
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Common Core and Special Education, Part 1 - YouTube

Learn more about what changes the new Common Core State Standards will bring to your classroom.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:19 AM
The common core is the learning system and curriculum standards for most of the states in the US including Pennsylvania. In the common core, they expect all students to be at a certain point in their learning. They have classrooms improving and learning at similar speeds so that curriculum and standards are fairly consistent across the country.
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Classroom Leadership:Schools and the Law:Including Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms

Classroom Leadership:Schools and the Law:Including Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms | Elementary Education- Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 25, 2014 9:20 AM
In order for special needs students to thrive in the regular classroom, the student needs to see that the teacher believes in him or her. They need to have n optimistic attitude towards learning and show it through their actions so the student knows they care.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 25, 2014 9:24 AM
Special needs children and their families need to know that their school cares about the child's needs and supports them and encourages them. Principals need to do all they can to help provide the right tools for the classroom so that the students can do well. Also, they need to make sure that they have the correct amount of staff available to help the student and are certified or at least know well how to teach kids with learning disabilities.
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3 Tips on Integrating Technology in the Classroom - US News

3 Tips on Integrating Technology in the Classroom - US News | Elementary Education- Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Former Gov. Bob Wise discusses Digital Learning Day and how high school teachers can embrace technology.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:30 AM
One important thing to keep in mind when adding technology to a school or classroom is all the work that goes into it ahead of time. Teachers need to be in the process of planning ahead for what technology will be used, how they will teach with that technology, and how much time it will take and how much time they want it to take up during a school day.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:34 AM
Another important tip for teachers using technology is to try new things. You won't know if something works until you try it and there are many websites and internet sources that lay out new technologies that you may want to try. Every classroom is different and every piece of technology is also. If you find something that works for your specific class, use it, and if something you try doesn't work, find something else.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:37 AM
Teachers used to be the only source of information in the classroom. But this idea has changed so teachers must change with it. Teachers must now become "educational designers" that design and set up a way for their students to learn technologically and then allow their students to interact with that source of information and teacher has to be the students' guide along the way. Answering questions and giving feedback. That's how a classroom runs today, but in a couple years, teachers may have to adapt to new forms of learning.
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Archived: Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students

The perceived effects of reform-based technology use on students and classroom practices are discussed.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 4, 2014 9:34 AM
Students are now learning higher skills at a younger age. In elementary school, children are learning about computer software and how technology works. They are introduced to a multitude of skills never thought possible at such a young age before. Technology seems to change a lot really fast, so the skills these kids are learning may not be useful to them by the time they get to high school, but at least they are getting a basic foundation and a confidence to work with new technologies and a basic understanding for how technology works.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 4, 2014 9:39 AM
Because of technology's complexity, children seem to either understand it or not. However this is helping students, through technology in the classroom, to be able to help each other. Most activities done on a computer or electronic device are for one person or a small group and would seem, at first, to not involve students working together and developing social skills. This seems to be quite the opposite in schools today though. The students who do understand technology and how it works tend to be proud of the fact that they understand and enjoy it. This results in those students being happy to help the students around them who don't quite understand it. They are proud to show all that they know to the other kid and it, in turn, helps them both to develop social and collaboration skills.
Kelsey Strom's comment, March 5, 2014 9:24 AM
Students are beginning to learn presentation and design skills because of technology in their schools. They are not only able to research and collect information using media, but they are now able to figure out a way to share it with their classmates in presentation form. They are even able to make their work look more professional and appealing to their audience.
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Common Core and Special Education, Part 2 - YouTube

In "Part 2" of our new Common Core video series, we talk about how to identify students who can benefit from assistive technology services.
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Kelsey Strom's comment, March 25, 2014 9:31 AM
The common core made it possible for students with learning disabilities to be able to be in a regular classroom. They developed a system of curriculum to help students grow at a common pace so that all students have the same opportunity to succeed. Their goal is to be able to identify a learning disability at the lower levels of education so the student is able to have the tools they need to not get too far behind their fellow classmates. When the disability is identified, the common core expects teachers to adapt to that student's needs so they can thrive.