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Planning Instruction for Special Education - Chapter Summary
Our team of experts has created these extensive lessons to guide educators as they work on planning instruction for special education students. A handful of topics discussed in this chapter include the following:
- Using quality materials and pulling from multiple teaching resources
- Teaching special needs students in mainstream classrooms
- Strategies for differentiated instruction and adapting the standard curricula for special needs students
- The response to intervention process
- Overcoming student challenges to improve student performance
- Modifications vs. accommodations
Many of our chapters include video and text-based lessons. The videos allow you to watch and listen as our instructors explain these topics in further detail. The text-based lessons read like miniaturized articles, telling you about key terms, definitions, and real-world examples. Visual aids keep you engaged in the materials, and each lesson can usually be completed in 10 minutes or less.
How It Helps
- Builds up your knowledge base: You'll go over a wide range of lesson topics focused on special education, increasing your understanding of the topic and preparing you for using the information directly in your career as an educator.
- Teaches up-to-date theories: These teaching resources provide you with the most current information and research about special education methodologies.
- Decreases teacher anxiety: Not all teachers receive extensive training in special needs education, so chapters like these are vital for enhancing your skills and giving you practical tools that you can use in your classroom.
By finishing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe quality materials used in instructional planning
- Understand the steps needed for special needs education
- Identify the tenants of differentiated instruction
- Integrate both a functional and supplementary curricula
- Analyze how universal design works in a special education environment
- Implement a universal design lesson plan template
- Define the strategies and tiers of RTI
- Examine techniques for altering non-differentiated classrooms
- Explain the modifications checklist used for special education students
1. Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies
Teachers need multiple resources and methods in order to effectively plan instruction. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of quality instructional materials and teaching strategies.
2. Educating Students with Special Needs
In this lesson, we will explore how to educate students with special needs. We will specifically address how the educational needs of these students are best served if they are in a mainstream classroom being taught alongside their peers.
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. Supplementary & Functional Curriculum: Selection & Implementation
Students with disabilities may benefit from adaptations to the traditional curricula. This lesson will discuss the selection and implementation of supplementary and functional curriculum in special education.
5. What is Universal Design for Learning?
It is possible to create a universal design for learning that works for each student in a classroom regardless of their individual needs. In this lesson you will learn how UDL accomplishes this goal.
6. Use of Universal Design in Special Education
Universal design strives to meet the unique needs of many different types of students. This lesson will discuss the use of universal design in special education and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.
7. Universal Design for Learning Lesson Plan Template
Universal design for learning is an excellent framework for making sure you are inclusive of all students. This lesson offers an overview of UDL and provides you with a template for planning lessons using UDL.
8. What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies
The Response to Intervention process, or RTI, was designed and implemented in public schools as an attempt at early intervention for students with exceptional educational needs. In this video, we will look at the basics of this process.
9. Adapting Non-Differentiated Classrooms for Special Education
This lesson will teach you what differentiated instruction is, how to create it, and how to implement it into the classroom for students with special needs. Included are examples for differentiating instruction, content, product, and assessment.
10. Modifications for Special Education Students: Definition & Checklist
This lesson explains the difference between accommodations and modifications. A list of modifications is also provided. A short quiz follows the lesson.
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Other chapters within the Special Education Curriculum Development course
- Learning Theories & Teaching Strategies
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs
- Teaching Reading Comprehension & Fluency to Students with Special Needs
- Teaching Writing to Students with Special Needs
- Differentiating Instruction in Content Areas
- Differentiating Instruction for Social Skills & Self-Management
- Assessment in Special Education
- Instructional Strategies with Assistive Technology