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Learning Environments in Special Education - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will have the opportunity to expand your understanding of special education classroom practices relating to differentiated instruction, technology, extracurricular activities and more. You will learn methods for engaging students, increasing classroom participation and building positive relationships with students.
Lessons also provide insight into the application of integration methods and the importance of creating a positive learning environment for students with disabilities. Once you have completed your review of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand how to create a positive and respectful learning environment
- Explain the importance of an effective learning environment in special education
- Apply differentiated instruction practices in the classroom
- Adapt instructional methods for students with communication disorders
- Describe classroom and assistive technology tools employed by special education teachers
- Develop positive relationships with special education students
- Use methods to improve class participation, increase student engagement and encourage extracurricular activities
- Apply strategies to help special education students integrate into various classes or programs
Video and text lessons use examples and key definitions to explain these topics in an easy-to-follow manner. Each lesson offers expert instruction and 24/7 accessibility, resulting in convenient self-paced study. Self-assessment quizzes are great tools you can use to determine how much you have learned and your possible need for the further study of any topic within this chapter.
1. Learning Environment in the Classroom: Definition, Impact & Importance
One of the most important things a teacher can do is provide a positive learning experience. Setting up a positive learning environment is tricky, but not difficult. Get ready to learn about how to do this and why.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Supportive Classroom Environments for Students with Communication Disorders
Students with communication disorders may be at a significant disadvantage in a regular classroom environment because of the specific challenges they face. Teachers can set their students up for success by adapting the classroom environment.
5. Classroom Technology Tools
In the past, a film projector was the height of technology in schools. Today, teachers have technology at their fingertips on a daily basis. What are these tools and how are they being used? This video lesson will bring you up to speed on classroom technology tools.
6. Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
This lesson will define assistive technology. It will provide examples of assistive technology and outline the benefits of using assistive technology with students with disabilities.
7. How to Develop Rapport with Students
Developing positive relationships with students is an important part of the job for educators. This lesson describes ways to do this and shows how to apply these methods to your everyday teaching.
8. 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.
9. Extracurricular Participation & Student Engagement
In this lesson, we'll discuss the benefits of participation in extracurricular activities as related to student engagement and success, along with the step-by-step process for selecting and participating in activities.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Learning Disabilities (063): Practice & Study Guide course
- Learning Disabilities & Other Types of Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities Across the Lifespan
- Factors Affecting Development & Learning
- Language Disorders
- Perceptual, Memory & Reasoning Disorders
- Behavioral, Social & Emotional Disorders
- Assessment Instruments & Methods in Special Education
- Assessment Procedures in Special Education
- Assessment Interpretation & Communication in Special Education
- IEPs, IFSPs & Transition Plans
- Setting & Monitoring Student Goals
- Fundamentals of Classroom Management
- Individualizing Instruction for Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Language Development
- Promoting Emergent Literacy
- Promoting Reading Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Written Expression for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Math Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Promoting Social Competence in Special Education
- Promoting Functional Living Skills in Special Education
- Developing & Implementing Behavioral Interventions
- Roles & Responsibilities of the Special Education Professional
- Communication & Collaboration in Special Education
- Historical, Social & Legal Issues in Special Education
- Professional Development in Special Education
- MTTC Learning Disabilities Flashcards