Mr. G's process for students with special needs (Evaluate/Observe (Is…
Mr. G's process for students with special needs
Is student not doing the work?
Is student work way off? Major reading or writing errors or way behind grade level?
Does student appear to be lost?
Is student goofing around with peers, being a behavioral problem?
Does student have low confidence?
Feedback from other teachers. Do they see similar habits?
Depending on how many of the evaluation/observation criteria the student meets, and after attempting to resolve on an informal level with student, and involving parents, student can be referred to appropriate personnel for formal evaluation.
If, after formal evaluation, it is determined that the student meets special education requirements, an IEP (Individualized Education Program) is developed for the student. Parents, counselors, teachers and other appropriate school staff should be a part of developing IEP.
Continuous collaboration and check in with other teachers to see if student is improving or at least keeping on pace with IEP. In short, is the IEP working?
Different assignments both in class and for homework, depending on need.
Creative, ongoing assessments-this may be an ongoing thing. Can't be lazy about this
Use technology to provide more personalized education and ongoing assessment. Apps can make the learning fun and address mistakes real-time.
Multiple learning techniques. This means auditory, visual, kinetic, even touch. It just depends on the student.
Never put the SPED student on the spot in front of peers, but find ways of engaging in the group setting.
This is formal. While teachers should always be assessing, official reviews are needed as well.
While many schools require this only once a year, I believe this should be done quarterly or at least each semester.
Parents, teachers, case managers and counselors should all be involved in this.
IEP can be readjusted, kept the same or, if student has shown he or she no longer needs special education, it can be removed.