How can a general education teacher meet the needs of all students?
By creating a least restrictive environment in his or her classroom.
Least restrictive environment means that a student who has a disability must be given the opportunity to receive an education along with non-disabled studnets the greatest extent appropriate.
But all students cannot and do not learn the same way! So what do I do?
Use assistive technology!
An Assistive Technology Device is defined as "any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (IDEA 300.5).
We can meet the needs of our 4 th grade students here at Sunny Elementary School very easily!
Of our 3 classes, we only have students with mild disabilities.
These students could benefit from some simple approaches. Here are some ideas:
Use graphic organizers and flow charts to help with the organization of material.
Use an LCD projector to allow collaboration.
Allow students to type on word processors (and use spell check and grammar check).