We all bring something to our schools, in addition to the learning communities that we are part of. Personally, I will admit that the world of technology, web 2.0 and many new applications available on the internet are not in my area of expertise. Well then what do I bring to the table.
Well, aside from my passion for relationships, education, growth and learning, I bring a passion and understanding of Special Education and many of the elements that are associated with Special Education. If you are unfamiliar with my background and experience in education, I will give you a brief description, however for a more detail representation I welcome you to look at some of my other posts and poke around in my E-folio.
For the majority of my educational career I have worked with, assisted, modified curriculum, changed perceptions of and educated students with severe special needs. I am not referring to students that have a single issue or concerns or a student with a single diagnosed disability. I am referring to students that have multiple diagnosed disorders and are sometimes termed as Students with Severe Emotional and Behavioral issues.
After speaking with a well respected and trusted colleague, I came to the conclusion that there are limited resources and available information for my colleagues, not only in my school division but around the world in relation to special education. However, through our discussion we also concluded that many of the techniques that are implemented and used in special education settings would also benefit and assist mainstream students. So periodically I hope to post information, one to explain elements of special education that may cause some confusion or questions, but also to share approaches that are effectively used in special educational settings that may prove useful and beneficial to regular classroom settings.
I have compiled a list of topics that I will be posting about:
- Alternate Curriculum
- Specific Reading Materials
- Anger and or Stress Management
- Special Education Teacher for Resource or Withdrawal Support
- Test and Exam Support
- Attendance Monitoring
- Behavior Management
- Classroom Modifications – Alternate Seating Arrangements
- Curriculum Modifications and Adjustments
- Learning Strategies
- Educational Assistant Support
- Peer Teaching
- Self Contained Class
- Technology Support
- Facility Modifications or Adjustments
- Partial School Day
- Toileting, Feeding
- Time Out and or Physical Restraints
- Volunteer Assistance
- Small Group Instruction
- Withdrawal Support
- Community Work Experience
- Social Integration
- Supervision For Non-Instructional Time
- Smaller Class Size
- Special Time Table
however I am certain that there are topics and questions that I may overlook. Please feel free to suggest some topics or even ask some questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability. If I am however, unable to answer your question I am sure that I will be able to direct you to an appropriate source for the answers you are seeking.