Seminar Nineteen: Autism

What specific accommodations or modifications might you use with students with autism (hint: answer to this question can copy/paste to your A&M project)?  What concerns or questions do you have about working with students with autism (I will compile a list of these and bring it to class)?  Make sure to reference the readings in your answer.


Seminar 18: Communication Disabilities

Based on what you read and what you now know, what are some key strategies you are going to want to use when working with students with communication disabilities?

What questions or points of confusion do you have about working with students with communication disabilities?

Seminar Seventeen: Attention Deficit Disorder

As you read, think about the following questions:

  • Based on the reading, what are some strategies that might be helpful for students with ADD/ADHD?
  • What are some strategies that would be unhelpful (have you seen examples in schools?)?
  • What concerns do you still have about meeting the needs of students with ADD?  What specifics do you hope we discuss in class?

For those of you who are interested, here are some maps and statistics from the CDC about ADHD rates and medication usage.

Seminar Fourteen: Learning Disabilities

For today, you will read about different types of learning disabilities.  As you read think about the following questions:

What “ah-ha” moments did you have as a result of completing the reading? What makes sense to you now that didn’t before?

What (specific) strategies might you want to use with students with learning disabilities in the classroom?  (hint: you could use this list in your Accommodations and Modifications project)

What questions/points of confusion do you hope that I will address in class?

Below, is an optional (short!) current news story about students with learning disabilities.

Finally, if you are curious, here is an interesting piece I received last week about meeting the needs with students with learning disabilities.  What principles of IDEIA are being violated?

Flex Day: Seminar Eleven

For Tuesday, you have a blogging vacation!  Below are some articles that I found interesting this week (obviously, these are completely optional!).

A piece in the NYT about virtual field trips with google.

A blog post about communication between co-teachers.  

An interesting letter that a teacher wrote to her students about what she wants and expects from them.

Interesting information about employment statistics for people with disabilities.  What do you think?  What can (and should) we do differently?  How can we do better?

Have a great weekend!