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Teaching Students with Special Needs - Workshop Presentation


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Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities / Special Needs in Regular Mainstream Classrooms

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Teaching Students with Special Needs - Workshop Presentation

  1. 1. Teaching With Kids’ Needs In Mind Workshop - January 2014 Facilitator: Monica GHICU
  2. 2. Why do we have schools?
  3. 3. “The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching.” Richard DuFour
  4. 4. The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Howard Gardner, 1983 Musical-rhythmic Visual-spatial Verbal-linguistic Logical-mathematical Bodily-kinesthetic Intra-personal Inter-personal Naturalistic
  5. 5. Learned Helplessness Martin E.P. Seligman Learned helplessness = “a mental state in which an organism forced to bear aversive stimuli, or stimuli that are painful or otherwise unpleasant, becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent encounters with those stimuli, even if they are ‘escapable’ presumably because it has learned that it cannot control the situation.”­‐helplessness
  6. 6. Most Common Areas of Disability (by no means an exhaustive list) Dyslexia Speech problems Hyperlexia Receptive language / language disabilities Phonemic awareness Disgraphia Written organization problems Executive functioning Problem solving difficulties Behavior issues Dyscalculia / Math deficits Autism spectrum disorders Social-pragmatic difficulties Selective mutism
  7. 7. How does it feel to be an LD student? Follow link => Understanding Learning Disabilities – FAT City, with Dr. Richard Lavoie
  8. 8. Response to Intervention Model High-quality, scientific based classroom instruction Ongoing student assessment Tiered instruction Parent involvement
  9. 9. Differentiation Strategies Adaptation Accommodation Modification
  10. 10. What about our school? 1. How does our school stand as far as LD students are concerned? 2. What are our strengths? 3. What are our weaknesses? 4. What can be done to improve our current state?
  11. 11. References: Smith, Tom E. C. et co., Teaching Students With Special Needs in Inclusive Settings, Pearson, 2012, 6th Edition