Resource teacher by weekday, lazy butt by weekend. Special education is not a joke, but sometimes humor can be used to get a point across. After a week full of problem solving, I sit here on this lazy Saturday morning wondering how I can make things better or easier for students, teachers, and parents. I really don't know if there is a one-size-fits all solution, but I do know of some resources that may lesson the burden.
At a recent meeting of the minds, the question came up regarding who was really responsible for providing accommodations. When hearing this, I wanted to say "Have you not been listening or paying attention?!" But at the same time it made me wonder what was wrong with the message that had been delivered to our site teaching teams, as well as why didn't the message come through clearly on our munis training system. I believe it was the same problem we see in our classrooms. It's the expectations of our delivery. We expect that whatever comes out of our mouths the hearer will learn, apply, and understand. We use EEI, DI, PBL, UDL; all acronyms that are at the core of our teaching, but still the translation gets confused.
Is there a solution? Maybe, but first I need to go back to my training and remember to monitor and adjust my own teaching. I do believe, all people, learn differently and have different interests, so we get excited about those things that we are familiar with and are of high interest and could care less about the unfamiliar and those things that are of low interest. This may hinder understanding when a issue is being presented or a point is being made.
My answer to the question about who is responsible for providing accomodations is its the entire IEP team; Parents, general education teachers, special education teachers, service providers, LEA reps, and interpreters of testing results.
Using UDL and Direct instruction may help the team provide a well designed program and accomodations for all students.
So my solution is to provide resources that describe and discuss accommodations, using both UDL and DI so others can have a resource that's fits their interest.
My weekend was not entirely spent reclining in my easy chair, here are some resources I hope you find useful.
Universal Design of Learning
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