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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teaching to the Cirriculum Guidelines?

Teaching to the Cirriculum Guidelines?

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So, I have a question for most. When you do your SPED instruction, whether it is in the classroom with the teacher, or pull out, do you have to (or are you expected) to align your instruction to their instruction per objective, per day for their classroom teacher? (or subject area). This is even if your students are functioning below grade level. So, for example, if the classroom teacher was teaching... let's say, "synonyms", you would be teaching "synonyms" the same day just at your students level of functioning. Anybody actually teach this way? Or maybe, this is the future of SPED? Just thought I would throw this out there :-)

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Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

What I teach would really depend on the particular abilities and needs of my students, so it is not easy to give a blanket answer. Communication skills are essential for everyone, so I always try to find ways to teach important concepts. Learning about synonyms could be important to aid comprehension of spoken language. Do I always do everything lock-step with the general education teacher, not hardly.

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Misty Weeks
Middle School Special Education, Mild Disabilities from Danville, Indiana

My 2009-10 school year was my first year teaching in a public school (I'd been in "private" schools working for the Indiana Department of Corrections prior to then) and my class was a self-contained class for kids who had basically been booted out of gen ed classes due to behaviors. I ended up having three 8th graders all day long and one class of social skills. For the most part I was on my own with what I wanted to teach them. I tried to stay close to where the gen ed teachers were in their books, but we did different activities and had different requirements. The main reason I wanted to stay close was so that I had a lead to follow, could co-teach or participate in gen ed activities, but mostly so that if I was able to mainstream them back into the general classes they wouldn't have missed out on anything. There were some areas that I just couldn't make my kids do the same thing - it was too far above them.

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