GENERAL LEARNING SUPPORT
Instructional Strategies (m3, c2)
This course will provide you with an overview of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and information on research-based instructional strategies that the teacher may include in the lesson plan. Often the teacher may specify a particular instructional strategy in the lesson plan. Knowledge of the different instructional strategies can help you assist students as you work with them in small groups. These strategies are an additional resource for you as you assist students with their educational goals.
Students W/High Incidence of Disabilities (m4,c1)
Students who exhibit characteristics of these disabilities will be discussed in Course #2: Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities. This course, Course #1, will discuss students with high-incidence disabilities, or the "disabilities that are most commonly seen in schools" (Mastropieri & Scruggs, 2000, p. 71). High-incidence disabilities are generally recognized to be students with emotional disturbance, mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, and speech or language impairments.
Adapting Curriculum (m3,c3)
Many teachers and learning support staff are unsure how to make adaptations for students. The content in this course discusses different adaptations and how adapting instruction and curriculum can assist students with disabilities with their educational performance. Teachers in inclusive classrooms face the difficult task of having to modify the curriculum. Without these adaptations, students with disabilities are often at a disadvantage for learning the curriculum.
Students W/Low Incidence of Disabilities (m4,c2)
In the previous Course, we learned about characteristics of students with high-incidence disabilities (a majority of students with disabilities). We also learned about research-based strategies that have proven to be effective in enhancing the educational performance for those students. The content in this Course will focus on characteristics of students with low-incidence disabilities (a smaller number of students and who may or may not be served in the general education classrooms).