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Teaching Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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What is Universal Design for Learning?

Over the past few years, there may have been a heightened focus around Universal Design for Learning within your school or school district.  As time goes on, and it becomes more apparent to policymakers at the district, state, and national levels, that all students learn differently, there has been a greater emphasis on meeting the …

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What is Specially Designed Instruction?

One of the major tasks of a special education teacher is ensuring that students with disabilities receive Specially Designed Instruction as outlined in their Individualized Education Programs.  In order to do this, it is important the special educators have a firm understanding of what Specially Designed Instruction is and how it should be implemented.   Specially …

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How to Differentiate Product for Special Education Students

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We have covered how to differentiate content and process for students with learning disabilities.  Now we are going to take a look at how special education teachers can differentiate products for students with learning disabilities.     First, let’s define product as it relates to differentiation.  Products are what students produce and how they demonstrate …

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How to Differentiate Process for Special Education Students

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There are three primary ways in which educators can differentiate instruction: content, process, and product.  In this post we are going to discuss how a special education teacher can differentiate process for students with learning disabilities. Definition First, we can start out by defining process as it relates to differentiation.  Differentiating process involves looking at …

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How to Differentiate Content for Special Education Students

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During our previous post, we gave an overview of differentiation and the different ways in which a teacher can differentiate instruction for students with disabilities.  In this post we are going to go into more detail about how exactly a special education teacher can go about differentiating content for students with learning disabilities.     …

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Differentiation: Getting to Know Your Students

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Differentiation can not truly take place if a special education teacher does not know their students.   Many times we spend so much time focusing on academics and our students’ readiness levels in relation to grade level standards, that we forget to get to know what interests our students or how they learn best.      …

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Differentiated Instruction for Special Education Students

What is Differentiated Instruction? Differentiated instruction is a framework for teaching that enables teachers to know their students well so that tasks and learning experiences can best meet every student’s individual needs.  Special education teachers that use the differentiated instruction for special education students create lessons based on various assessment measures. Differentiation can not truly …

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6 Tips for Collaborating with General Education Teachers

One of the major players in the education of students with disabilities are general education teachers.  General education teachers bring a lot to the table as far as knowledge around grade level curriculum and content.  Because of this, it is important that special education teachers utilize their knowledge and skills to support our students.   …

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