Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Simple Way to Include Others

I was thinking the other day about all the ways to include others. We can use modified material, assistive technology, paraprofessionals, and adaptive devices. 

Teachers can use Individual Education Plans for guidance, and strategies for instruction. While all useful, and helpful and needed....there is a much simpler way of including.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

11 Different Definitions of Inclusion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Inclusive education is still not widely practiced in schools across the United States. As a result, only the "lucky few" have seen what inclusion really is. Those that haven’t, are generally left to sift through myths, misunderstandings and the occasional truth.

There is quite a bit of confusion as to the real meaning of an inclusive environment. The following is a run-down of the different definitions of inclusion (the good, the bad and the ugly) that I have heard over the years:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

12 Resources that Teachers Need to Know About for the Inclusive Classroom: A Professional Development Guide

Anyone who is or knows a teacher also knows that summer vacation is a time for professional development. Whether it is attending workshops, reading about the latest teaching trends or finding new lesson ideas on Pinterest, teachers are using their summer vacation time to plan for the school year ahead. Here is a list of helpful resources

Monday, May 30, 2016

7 Things NOT to say to Someone with a Learning Disability

The Inclusive Class is so pleased to post this article submitted by Lachrista Greco. Lachrista was a guest on The Inclusive Class Podcast several years ago, sharing her experience growing up as a student in special education. Today, we welcome her back with this very insightful blog about learning disabilites!

As someone with two learning disabilities, I have experienced firsthand some pretty ridiculous questions and statements regarding my disabilities. In third grade, after much testing, I was diagnosed with Dyscalculia (the math version of Dyslexia), and Language-Processing Disorder (a disability which makes it difficult for me to process information I receive and to then regurgitate this information either on paper or verbally. It also makes it difficult for me

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Q & A: Accommodations and Modifications

Not sure how to include students who work below grade level in your class? Wondering if it is fair that one student gets extra test-taking time while the rest of the class does not? Want to know if it really is your job to give students in your class accommodations?

I recently had the opportunity to answer these questions and more about education-related accommodations and modifications! In addition, I shared some of my favorite strategies to use in the classroom with examples!

Here is an excerpt with a link to the whole article.....

1. You’ve explained this on your excellent blog before, but for anyone who doesn’t know—can you briefly clarify the difference between accommodations and modifications?
Nicole Eredics of The Inclusive Class
Nicole Eredics of The Inclusive Class
Yes! Educators use a variety of teaching and assessment strategies to help students access the curriculum. In addition to research-based, quality instruction (such as Universal Design for Learning), some students require support in order to meet the learning expectations. For example, a student might need extra test-taking time, larger print materials, simplified material, or visual reminders. The alteration of the curriculum and learning environment, to help a student achieve educational success, is known as an adaptation. Accommodations and modifications are two types of adaptations that can remove barriers to learning.
Accommodations are adaptations that make curriculum accessible. They provide students with an equal opportunity to learn from the same material as his or her peers. Accommodations do not change learning outcomes. Rather, accommodations change the way students access learning. Accommodations are often referred to as, “pathways to learning.” Educators can create pathways for students to learn by.........CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING.