My role and plan as a teacher educating students with special needs…
My role and plan as a teacher educating students with special needs
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To understand the entire process of identifying and referring struggling students for evaluation.
Step 1: Identification of struggling students
Child Find Mandate
The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability.
Step 2: Referral
Step 3: Evaluation
Step 4: Eligibility is Assessed
Step 5: Eligibility is Confirmed & Child is Diagnosed
Step 6: IEP Meeting is Scheduled
Step 7: Meeting to Outline IEP
Step 8: Services are Provided
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Parents and/or a Teacher refers a child to school counselor or psychologist to be evaluated after observing a difference in behavior (and lack of response to behavior correction) and/or difficulty learning within the classroom setting.
A struggling student can be identified as someone who is not able to demonstrate the use of a skill with mastery as well as the ability to do so consistently.
As the teacher, I would give the struggling student more thorough support (also called intervention) until he/she has mastered the skill.
If a child consistently does not respond to teacher intervention, he or she may have a learning disability or an undiagnosed developmental impairment and I would begin the process of referring that student to the school counselor for further evaluation.
Talk with parents to make sure the student isn't struggling due to something going on in their personal life at home.
In the Classroom
Create an inclusive classroom
Know that students learn in different ways.
Focus on the learner first and the curriculum second
Demonstrate the ability to expose students to a variety of stimuli.
Find out what facilitates effective learning and what gets in the way.
Praise the process that students use as often or more than the product they create.
Teach routines and expectations, then practice.
Be prepared and be flexible
Treat each day as a new day
Focus on positive behavior
To collaborate as a team member while the student goes through the evaluation process and develops a working IEP.
Know the facts
1 in 16 public school students have an IEP
IEPs are for students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) or other health impairments (OHI)
1 in 50 students have a 504 plan
504s are for general education students who are identified with a disability but do not require special education.
504s provide accommodations and other services to students depending on their needs and disability.