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The Special Education Reforms From A Student’s Perspective | GothamSchools

The Special Education Reforms From A Student’s Perspective | GothamSchools | special education | Scoop.it
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This was posted as a guest article to gain perspective on a student's view of the reforms that the school was undergoing. The author talked about how growing up with a disability always made him feel alienated and different. For high school he went to NYC Lab School. This is where he was part of the pilot program that moved toward including studens with special needs into the regular classroom as much as possible. He discussed how much he liked it and how it helped him succeed. By the time he finished high school he had taken many AP classes and was very proud of his accomplishments.

 

I thought this article was great. I think that inclusion programs are an important thing to do in schools. Having special education students learning amoung their peers is the best way to keep them from being alienated. I really enjoyed reading something from a student's perspective. A lot of things that go on in spcieal education are determined by the parents and teachers. it was interesting to read something from a student. 

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IDEA homepage

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This is the homepage for IDEA. IDEA is the INdividuals with Disabilities Edation Act. This is what legally dictates how schools work with students with disabilities. The site is easy to navigate and outlines everything in the Act. It includes sections on early intervention services, individualized education programs (IEPs), secondary transitioning and so much more. On each of these pages there are resources such as information links, traning materials, video clips and Q&A documents. 

 

I though this website was great. It was well layed out and very informative. It is helpful to parents of students with disbailities, teachers and school administrations as well as students themselves. I think it is important to include this in my newspaper because it is the legal side of everything else the newspaper talks about. This is what the government has to sya about students with special needs. We can talk about parents and teachers all we want but at the end of the day most schools are restricted to only being able to do what IDEA allows them to. 

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A Special Sparkle: Tips For New Special Education Teachers

A Special Sparkle: Tips For New Special Education Teachers | special education | Scoop.it
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This is a blog of helpful hints for special education teachers. It gave eight tips about teaching special education for the the first time. The tips were to have a backup plan and a back up plan to that, know how to keep the kids calm, keep your cool and remember to smile, keep a routine, use fidges (sensory toys), laminate everything, create a behavior management system and don't waver form it and lastly to track all behaviors. 

 

A lot of the tips seemed to make sense after I read them, but would never had thought of them on my own. After talking Intro to Special Education this semester a lot of these tips go along with the things I've learned. I thought that keeping a routine is a good tip for any teacher. The idea of keeping an order but not putting a time on the schedule was smart. Laminating everything was also a clever tip. It makes things easy to wash to help keep kids healthy since that is always a problem in schools. I really enjoyed this blog and think it's great that teachers are always so willing to help each other out.

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Proposed charter school to cater to special needs students :: WRAL.com

Proposed charter school to cater to special needs students :: WRAL.com | special education | Scoop.it
Two Raleigh mothers want to open a charter school that focuses on children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
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This is a newsarticle about people proposing a charter school for students with disabilities. The women starting the school both have sons with autism and believe that the regular public school system doesn't provide sufficient support. Having a school that is funded by the state but specializes in caring for students with special needs is something a lot of parents of students with special needs look for. 

 

I think it's great that people are starting a charter school for students with disabilities. Many times students with disabilities go to private schools that are very expensive. There are many other families of students with disabilities that can't afford to send their kids to fancy private schools. While IEPs and other programs in public schools are great, they are usually not enough. A charter school is a great opportunity for families who can't pay for private school to ensure that their childrne get the appropriate care. 

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What is special education? - YouTube

Under the big umbrella of special education are many services (IDEA, 504 plan, IEP, LRE) that can help your special needs child. Here's a quick guide on how ...
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This video is narrarated from a parent's point of view. It starts by talking about how her son was showing signs, and like most parents she didn't want to believe her son wasn't "perfect". She then talks about how a disability doesn't make a child any less perfect. The video also discusses IDEA and how it requires the school to give him testing and special services because it requires every student to have a free and appropriate education. She goes through a slgiht overview of the IEP process and different type of learning environments for students with special needs. 

 

I thought this video was really cool. It was very informative. While I knew most of the information, I was still engaged. Hearing it from a parent was very different. She was very concerned with figuring out was best for her child and helping other parent's in her position. I was interested in learning more about the organization that put the video out. 

 

I went to their youtube channel to learn more. Their videos are fantastic. They are factual and fun to watch. Definitely a great tool when curious about a topic in the education world. 

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The Lower Elementary Cottage: Social Skills Cards and Behavior Management

The Lower Elementary Cottage: Social Skills Cards and Behavior Management | special education | Scoop.it
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This is another blog. It dicusses behavior managment specifically for special educaiton but can be applied to any classroom. The main idea the person writing talked about was a color ladder. There is a poster with a blue block then a green block under it then a yellow block under that and a red block at the bottom. the idea is that at the begining of each day the students start on the blue. if they misbehave they drop a level. Certain behaviors such as hitting would be an automatic red. When the students got to red there would be a consequence. Each student also has a goals list. If they complete an item on the goal list they could move up a color or they would stay on blue if they were already there. 

 

I think this is a great way for behavior managament. It incorporates positive reinforcement and allows students to realize that their actions can cause consequences. I think this is a great system. The teacher i work with now has troble keeping her class quiet. I think a system like this would help. While I work in a 6th grade classroom and this is geared toward younger kids, I think it can be tweaked to work in any age room. I really hope I can implement this in to my classroom in the future. 

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I originally watched this movie in my special education class. I thought it was very relevant to this newspaper and helped give another view on disabilities that wasn't already included. 

 

The movie takes a bunch of teachers and parents and does activities that make these people feel like they have a learning disability. The facilitator talks really fast and gives these people tasks that seem really hard. This mimics what a person with dissabilities feels. For one of the tasks, the instructor gives out pamphlets that have stories printed in a way that shows how people with dyslexia see. When he asks people to read outloud they have a lot of difficulty. 

 

I thought it was extremely interesting and wish I could be participate in a similar activity. It helps create an understanding of what kids with special needs go through. It shows how stupid a disability can make you feel, even if your intellectual ability is not hindered. I think it would be an interesting project for all teachers to go through. It can show a teacher the signs to look for if a student in their class is exhibiting signs of a dissability. 

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