Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Post #13

How will you as a teacher accommodate lessons for students with leaning disabilities in your classroom?
Start by watching and/or reading these 3 given materials and then answer the essential question in blog post form.

1. Watch Maureen Ostrander's, Inclusion Strategies for Students with Autism.
2. Watch Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities.  (6:67)
3. Read Common Modifications and Accommodations.

Blog Post:
   As for me as an elementary education major, I think learning how to accommodate lessons for students with disabilities is extremely important. In this day in time students with special needs are no longer separated from those without. Its important for teachers to be aware of how to modify and accommodate their lessons to make sure that those students understand the lessons that you teach. After watching Maureen Ostrander's Strategies for Students with Autism, I've learned that every student is different and not every method works for every individual. I want every one of my students to feel like a part of the classroom and don't want those student who have special needs or a learning disability to feel like they unaccepted. This task could be very challenging for teachers, not knowing the severity of their needs could be difficult when putting a lesson together. I think it's important to get to know all of your students so you know what you can and can not do with certain students.
Learning knows no bounds

   According to the author of Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities, there is a difference between accommodating and modifications. Accommodations are adjustments made to make sure all students have equal access to the curriculum to be successful. Meaning when you accommodate your lessons for students with disabilities they are still learning the same set of standards just in a different way. Modifications are changing your lessons a lot. Which means that it is changed so much that the students with disabilities aren't expected to learn the same content as the rest of the class.
Accommodations for Reading: Here are a few things that you can do to accommodate for students who have trouble reading: reading test or material to them, when available use books on tape, allow extended time to complete assignments, and/or use highlighters to highlight key concepts in books or in notes.
Accommodations for Writing and Spelling: Here are a few tips that you can do to accommodate for students who are having trouble with writing or spelling: let them record their tests rather than write them, supply them with a written assignment sheet rather then make them write it down, allow extended time or shorten the assignment to allow them enough time to finish, or allow students to use an electronic spell checker.
Accommodations for Mathematics: Here are a few tips that you can do to accommodate for students who are having trouble with math: allow students to use calculators, use graph paper for completing calculations, and read math problems aloud the the students.
Accommodations for Communication/Auditory/Visual: Here are a few tips to help accommodate for students with communication, auditory and visual disabilities: summarize lessons on a regular basis, keep instructions brief, allow students to use recorders to record lessons so they can go back and review, and provide pre-written notes.

There are many more different ways to accommodate lessons for students with disabilities. We, as teachers, have to get to know our students before we try and accommodate for those students.

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