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Early Childhood Special Education Learning Environments - Chapter Summary
Creating an effective learning environment for your young students in special education can help them excel. Ensure you have a quality understanding of these environments by reviewing the lessons and teacher resources in this chapter. Examine the basics of learning environments, how to create them, ways to adjust your instructional methods to accommodate student needs and much more. Topics covered in this chapter include the following:
- How to create a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment
- Ways to develop a challenging and motivational learning environment
- Basics of differentiated instruction
- Benefits of the least restrictive environment
- Materials, resources and how to manage the physical space for early childhood learning
- How to manage classroom behaviors and establish daily classroom routines
- Ways to help students with disabilities participate in the general classroom
- How to promote learning by using children's interests and experiences
- Considerations and methods for disciplining students with disabilities
Review this chapter's lessons in any sequence and as often as needed to ensure you feel prepared to develop effective learning environments for your students. This chapter is accessible from any computer, smartphone or tablet.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: Reviewing the lessons ensures you understand types of learning environments and know which would be most effective in your classroom.
- Strengthens instructional methods: Lessons examine ways to differentiate and strengthen your instruction so you're better able to address your students' needs.
- Improves teacher-student relationships: By understanding how to create a learning environment, manage classroom behaviors and establish routines, you have the knowledge needed to create and maintain stronger connections with your students.
By the end of this chapter, you will be prepared to:
- Develop and maintain a learning environment that is respectful, safe, supportive and challenging for your students
- Differentiate your instruction so you're able to meet your students' unique learning needs
- Describe the benefits of the least restrictive environment
- Manage the physical space and utilize materials and resources to benefit the early childhood classroom
- Establish daily classroom routes, and manage the classroom behaviors of your young students
- Ensure your students with disabilities are able to participate in the general classroom
- Use the experiences and interests of your students to promote learning
- Discipline students with disabilities while making certain considerations and utilizing specific methods
1. Creating a Respectful Learning Environment
What is respect? How can teachers create a respectful learning environment? Teachers, students, and schools all play a role in fostering respect for others in academic settings. This lesson offers useful strategies for promoting inclusion and respectful behavior in schools.
2. Safe & Supportive Learning Environments: Design & Maintenance
Classroom environments should promote student achievement. This lesson will explore how a safe and supportive learning environment is created and maintained.
3. How to Create a Challenging Classroom Environment
In this lesson, we'll develop strategies to create a challenging classroom environment. We'll identify techniques used to promote student learning and understand why these techniques are beneficial.
4. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
5. Least Restrictive Environment: Benefits & Examples
Teachers are required to find the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. In most cases, there are a lot of pieces to this puzzle, and each student has a unique set of needs. Let's take a look at an example and some of the benefits of least restrictive environments.
6. Managing the Physical Space for Early Childhood Learning
In this lesson, we'll learn strategies for managing physical space in the context of early childhood learning. We'll learn about the importance of safety, functionality, and aesthetics. We'll also look at how seating arrangements can be configured.
7. Materials & Resources for an Early Childhood Classroom
In this lesson, we'll learn about providing useful and appropriate resources to students in an early childhood classroom. We'll identify the types of resources that can be beneficial, and we'll see how they can be used to enhance learning for all students.
8. Managing Classroom Behaviors of Young Children
In this lesson, we'll learn about managing the behaviors of young children within the classroom context. We'll highlight challenges, and we'll identify strategies that can help teachers and childcare workers address behavioral issues.
9. Establishing Daily Classroom Routines
The learning environment must be properly managed to promote student success. This lesson describes ideas for making clear expectations for classroom schedules, transitions, and routines.
10. Helping Students with Disabilities Participate in the General Classroom
With the proven effectiveness of inclusion practices, more and more general education teachers are finding themselves needing to include students with disabilities in the classroom. This lesson provides some tips and strategies for those teachers.
11. Using Children's Interests & Experiences to Promote Learning
Knowing your students well helps you plan rich, engaging lessons. How does this work? This lesson explains how and why to use children's interests and experiences to maximize learning opportunities in your classroom.
12. Methods & Considerations for Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities have unique needs and disciplining them is no easy task. This lesson will discuss the methods and considerations for disciplining students with disabilities. We will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.
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Other chapters within the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education course
- Basics of Early Childhood Special Education
- Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Young Children
- Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
- Planning Instruction for Early Childhood Special Education
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Language Delays & Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Sensory Disorders
- Supporting Literacy for Young Children with Special Needs
- The Early Childhood Special Education Professional
- Physical Development & Activities in Early Childhood
- Understanding Childhood Development & Care