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Bonjour people of cyberspace! This past week was one for the books. Not because of this class however. It was pretty interesting in different regards. But that story is for another time and another place. Here's the lovely bullet pointed summary of what I learned:
STRESS & ADVERSITY ARE A PART OF LIFE
As future teachers we will sometimes see students who come from very diverse backgrounds.
We need to remember that every student is special and is worth the love and care that our Heavenly Father would show them.
Brain Plasticity--->the ability to mold the brain
Supply elements to a child's brain when they are young to help with brain plasticity
Capacity to navigate life
1/3 of the worlds children never reach their full potential
Children that are stimulated in their brain from a younger age show better educational, emotional and social growth.
Negative stress on the brain that restricts brain development:
Toxic Stress--no buffer for stress, continuous high level of stress
Positive Stress--supportive relationship, social network helps them fail well and built up resilience
Extraordinary Stress--tolerable stress (if love is provided)
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE
SWIFT--advances equity and excellence for ALL through the promotion of five core domain areas to support grade level academic and social learning:
Hello fellow educators! Welcome to week 7 of SPED310!! WOOOO!! Here's what I learned this past week. Sorry for the smaller quantity of it. This past week was H-E-double hockey sticks. Stress was coming at me from every angle. Oh joy...anyway, here's what I learned, for your viewing pleasure:
A compatible design for everyone in the classroom, including for those children with special needs.
A variety of teaching and learning strategies that are necessary to meet the range of needs evident in any given classroom
Steps for INCLUDE strategy:
Identify classroom demands
Note students learning strengths and needs
Check for potential areas of student success
Look for potential problem areas
Use information to brainstorm ways to differentiate instruction
Evaluate student progress
Some questions that I wondered about were:
"How can you group all of your students for instruction in inclusive classrooms?"
"How is an inclusive classroom managed?"
"How can you evaluate instructional materials for inclusive classrooms?"
This week in the always exciting Special Education class of mine we learned about addressing special education students needs in the classroom. Some of the main points I gathered from the reading were:
individually administered tests
group administered tests
high-stakes achievement tests
standardized achievement tests
**FLUENCY & ACCURACY IN DIAGNOSIS**
Curriculum placement--involves deciding at what level to begin instruction for students
Response to intervention-->Multi-disciplinary team meeting-->Assessment-->Multi-disciplinary meeting-->IEP meeting
As always we try to focus on Christ-like love in this class and what the Savior would do in all of these situations. God, the eternal father, is the ultimate judge of us.
Hello again everyone! So this week I read a lot about collaboration and inclusion. Collaboration is incredibly important to future teachers. As we continue on in our educational pursuits, it is important to always make connections with other people in the community. Collaborating with your fellow teachers really helps to create a better base for the students. When the teachers collaborate together they share their ideas and opinions with each other to better compile their thoughts. This in turn will help the students because the teachers can better prepare together on how to teach their students I also did a simulation this week where I had to use a wheelchair for two and a half hours. I had to perform many tasks while in the chair. Some of the experiences that I had to do was that I had to push myself up and down a hill, use the bathroom, and make my way around without assistance. It was all very challenging. It took a lot of arm strength for sure, that was the first thing I noticed. Also, getting into the bathroom stall was nearly impossible. There is a small lift in the ground when you try to get through the door that I literally had to pull myself in through. The same thing was in front of another door that I had to cross through. It was terribly difficult to get through them in a wheelchair. Using the bathroom was also impossible. I could hardly transfer myself from the chair to the toilet. I don't know how it is done but it definitely takes a skill. Getting up the hill was equally as difficult. Using the elevator was easy though. What I got from this experience was using a wheelchair is difficult and now I can only slightly relate to just some of the daily struggles that come with this handicap. It was definitely an eye opener. Until next time class!
Hello and good day readers! Welcome to week 4! This week our focus was on special education law! I want to focus primarily on the history of special education however because it was just the most interesting part of this week's lesson. Here are the brief main points that I gathered:
Special needs cases were a sort of Agrarian society
People were locked up at home if the were mentally ill
Placed in poor houses or abandoned on the streets sometimes
Towns would even cart the disabled to neighboring towns to get rid of them.
Rise of institutions
Separation into groups
Blind & deaf training schools--->Created to train or correct or "cure" problems with mentally handicapped people
Was seen as a level of protection from others who might do them harm or be overly critical of them, as well as for others to be safe from them as well
Driven by law suits
Care for & process of how varied from state to state
Sometimes people after leaving the institutions were placed in group homes
Some stayed in shelters and community facilities
Many were left out on the streets and eventually became homeless
Here are just some of the many points that I gathered from this week. Hopefully you learned something new:)