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.

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