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Univ. at Buffalo                                              March 2, 2009
LAI 574

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Establishing high expectations and multiple opportunities to
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Strategies for Transitions in an Inclusive Classroom

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Strategies for Transitions in an Inclusive Classroom

  1. 1. Univ. at Buffalo March 2, 2009 LAI 574 Strategies for Transitions in an Inclusive Classroom Due to a lack of experience in working with students with disabilities, I’ve been absorbing a lot of new ideas and information. Each chapter of Salend’s book is like a sudden awakening to a world I’ve only known from a far away distance. But, as with previous chapters, this week’s “reading about problems and strategies for solving problems when students are asked to transition into an inclusive classroom,” is quite comprehensive and, at the same time, makes very good sense. These strategies should be effective in “making the transition for the special education student go more smoothly.” As with the inclusive classroom strategies we’ve read before, I think transition strategies can benefit students without disabilities. For the general education population, the transitions they face are things like moving from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school, or moving from another school district. In these cases, I think the four-step process of “Transenvironmental Programming” which was “designed to help prepare students for success in the inclusive setting” would be effective for all general education students, as well (Salend, p. 240). 1. Environmental assessment (of old and new environments) 2. Intervention and preparation for the new environment 3. Generalization to the new setting 4. Evaluation of the new environment From these steps, I picked out some strategies I think would definitely benefit all students: Teach classroom and school procedures and successful behaviors Design learning strategies unique to the student and environment Develop students’ organization skills Help students develop daily and weekly schedules Teach research-based learning strategies
  2. 2. Establishing high expectations and multiple opportunities to practice under different conditions helps foster generalization Promote social acceptance and academic success Offer Orientations and Visiting, Shadowing, and Mentoring Programs Educators can solicit suggestions from families and address their concerns and questions Teaching social skills Respecting and understanding cultural perspectives Explaining perspectives of the new environment Using modeling, role-playing, prompting, and scripting to teach new behaviors Teach basic communicative language to students to foster inclusion Model language and social interaction patterns for students Role-play BICS and social skills Prompt responses (take students to environments, and then pre- teach them relevant expressions for the environment; e.g., saying “this is fun” at the playground)

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