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Classroom Respect and Accommodations Daniel Conner Denver Public Schools
Positive Classroom Climate and Culture <ul><li>To provide a positive classroom climate and culture, we must foster a learn...
Students have different abilities and skill sets! <ul><li>It is a challenge for any classroom to have a culture which is s...
Students have different abilities and skill sets! <ul><li>How can we, as special educators, set a precedence for students ...
What can bridge the gap? <ul><li>How can students, who have special needs, be successful in classes in their areas of conc...
Modifications & Accommodations <ul><li>Modifications and Accommodations are very important parts of an IEP. </li></ul><ul>...
Modifications & Accommodations <ul><li>A student’s modifications and accommodations should be in place starting on the fir...
Are they appropriate? <ul><li>High school students may find that they would benefit from a different set of accommodations...
Remember… <ul><li>If a student needs an accommodation or modification to be successful in a class, it should be included o...
Post Secondary <ul><li>Many colleges will allow students to have accommodations for their college classes which are simila...
Accommodation Realities <ul><li>Let’s face it- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodations can seem time consuming or even intimi...
Work as a Campus Team <ul><li>Work with other teachers to provide accommodations! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how implement...
Work as a Campus Team <ul><li>Initially providing Accommodations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevents having to do more remediat...
Less is More! <ul><li>Too often students have many more accommodations than are needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps an IE...
Less is More! <ul><li>If a teacher sees a large amount of accommodations on an IEP, that teacher may be less likely to imp...
Challenge Students! <ul><li>Do not give students accommodations which allow them to not apply themselves to their work. </...
Teach Self Advocacy <ul><li>We need to not only provide students with accommodations, but have them in place so that stude...
Example- Extended Time <ul><li>If a student has an accommodation of extended time for assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Example- Extended Time <ul><li>If a student has an accommodation of extended time for assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>G...
Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Providing notes of a lesson is an accommodation which has a tendency to be overlooked. </...
Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Special Education teachers may not have the opportunity to meet with other teachers to ma...
Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Students sharing notes could be a great way for collaborative learning. </li></ul><ul><li...
Remember! <ul><li>While modifications affect the course and credit a student is learning, accommodations do not. </li></ul...
Share with other teachers <ul><li>Think of it like this: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If an assignment is to write a one page ref...
Benefits of accommodations <ul><li>If students with special needs have measures in place to be successful, they will be ab...
When successful… <ul><li>Students are more likely to take academic risks and tackle new challenges when they have been suc...
In summary… <ul><li>Accommodations allow students to be successful in ways which are designated by their most recent IEP t...
Further questions? <ul><li>If you have any specific questions about accommodations for high school students, or would like...
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  1. 1. Classroom Respect and Accommodations Daniel Conner Denver Public Schools
  2. 2. Positive Classroom Climate and Culture <ul><li>To provide a positive classroom climate and culture, we must foster a learning environment which is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>supportive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and respectful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>among all students </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Students have different abilities and skill sets! <ul><li>It is a challenge for any classroom to have a culture which is supportive and respectful to everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Special education students will be in classes with a range of ability levels. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether these are classes that provide direct, indirect, or integrated sped services. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Students have different abilities and skill sets! <ul><li>How can we, as special educators, set a precedence for students who have disabilities to be respected and be supported? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The honest truth is that some people find it difficult to work with others who have skill sets which are different from their own. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What can bridge the gap? <ul><li>How can students, who have special needs, be successful in classes in their areas of concern? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there something in place which students can utilize that will help them contribute to their classroom activities? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[hint: yes, there is!] </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Modifications & Accommodations <ul><li>Modifications and Accommodations are very important parts of an IEP. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too often they are overlooked. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An IEP team determines that these are supports which will enable a student’s success. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If they are in an IEP, which is legal document, they must be in place in the classroom. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Modifications & Accommodations <ul><li>A student’s modifications and accommodations should be in place starting on the first day of class. </li></ul><ul><li>If a teacher finds that a student is not having the anticipated success, the accommodations and modifications are the first things to consider. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Are they appropriate? <ul><li>High school students may find that they would benefit from a different set of accommodations and modifications than they did in previous years. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course responsibilities are different. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills may have improved during years when revising accommodations was not considered. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Remember… <ul><li>If a student needs an accommodation or modification to be successful in a class, it should be included on an IEP. </li></ul><ul><li>If a student does not need an accommodation or modification, it should not be included on an IEP. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Post Secondary <ul><li>Many colleges will allow students to have accommodations for their college classes which are similar to the ones they had in high school. </li></ul><ul><li>If they need it now, make sure to document it, so that they can have it in the future! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Accommodation Realities <ul><li>Let’s face it- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodations can seem time consuming or even intimidating to teachers who are not used to implementing them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are teachers who prefer to not provide them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not good if a student was not offered their accommodations and is having trouble passing a class. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Work as a Campus Team <ul><li>Work with other teachers to provide accommodations! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how implementing accommodations initially can encourage students to not get behind on work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remind them that providing accommodations is not an option! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Work as a Campus Team <ul><li>Initially providing Accommodations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevents having to do more remediation after an initial lesson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows students who are keeping up with their lessons to contribute to class activities with the rest of the class. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Less is More! <ul><li>Too often students have many more accommodations than are needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps an IEP team wanted to provide them with every support possible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>While that could sound good in theory, it may be giving students supports they do not need. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This could be more of a hindrance than a help. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Less is More! <ul><li>If a teacher sees a large amount of accommodations on an IEP, that teacher may be less likely to implement any of them. </li></ul><ul><li>If we have a few strategic and highly needed accommodations, they will be much easier to implement consistently. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Challenge Students! <ul><li>Do not give students accommodations which allow them to not apply themselves to their work. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is especially important in high level courses where they have to contribute to group work with their peers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We do not want students to learn less since they have accommodations which allow it! </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Teach Self Advocacy <ul><li>We need to not only provide students with accommodations, but have them in place so that students can seek these accommodations. </li></ul><ul><li>This is crucial for their success after high school. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Example- Extended Time <ul><li>If a student has an accommodation of extended time for assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up the parameters for this when the assignment is given, not after, when the assignment is already late. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may not need extended time for every assignment. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Example- Extended Time <ul><li>If a student has an accommodation of extended time for assignments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give realistic time extensions. Maybe they have a few days longer- not a few weeks! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage students to ask their teachers to extend the timeframe for their assignments and not to wait for the teacher to initiate this. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Providing notes of a lesson is an accommodation which has a tendency to be overlooked. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many teachers do not teach from a full outline of notes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They may not give notes to students because they do not have them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They may not want to generate them on their own. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Special Education teachers may not have the opportunity to meet with other teachers to make these notes outside of class. </li></ul><ul><li>Another student could provide their notes to be copied for a student with this accommodation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You may want to remove the note taking student’s identifying information [name, etc.] </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Example- Classroom Notes <ul><li>Students sharing notes could be a great way for collaborative learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students with this accommodation to share their skills with other students in other circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to politely ask for notes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is good for self advocacy and social skills. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Remember! <ul><li>While modifications affect the course and credit a student is learning, accommodations do not. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodations allow students to learn the same material, and meet the same requirements, in a way which meets their needs. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Share with other teachers <ul><li>Think of it like this: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If an assignment is to write a one page reflection on a topic, students can demonstrate this knowledge whether it is hand written or typed [or maybe even spoken orally!]. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The assignment is not changed, only the function of expressing their knowledge. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Benefits of accommodations <ul><li>If students with special needs have measures in place to be successful, they will be able to contribute to their classes in much greater ways. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be more confident. </li></ul><ul><li>They will earn respect from their classmates. </li></ul>
  26. 26. When successful… <ul><li>Students are more likely to take academic risks and tackle new challenges when they have been successful with their initial assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>We need students to be exploratory learners, making connections with their content and class members. </li></ul>
  27. 27. In summary… <ul><li>Accommodations allow students to be successful in ways which are designated by their most recent IEP team. </li></ul><ul><li>When students are successful, their academic confidence grows and they feel much more supported and respected. </li></ul><ul><li>They are also more likely to support and respect others! </li></ul>
  28. 28. Further questions? <ul><li>If you have any specific questions about accommodations for high school students, or would like to comment on any of this, feel free to e-mail: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>
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