Take notes throughout the term for the final assignment. The Final Project includes two components. First, submit a PowerPoint or similar format where your audience is first year teachers attending a special education workshop. You are to present and cover information (e.g. descriptions, classroom considerations, and issues) about 6 different disabilities (choose from what was covered in class). Additionally, discuss considerations related to diverse students in special education (e.g. overrepresentation, poverty, ELLs, etc.). Your PowerPoint should include at least 10 slides (not including your cover slide and reference slide(s). The second part of your final project includes a lesson plan. The lesson plan may be in any content area, but must demonstrate text-based/research-based strategies and accommodations for at least two groups of students with disabilities. For example, your lesson might be for social studies where you have students with ADHD and visual impairments. Your activities and materials must demonstrate attention to these students’ needs.
- Assignment Papers & Activities
Using the course text, materials, and outside sources, write 3-5 pages on the assignment topic(s)..or write in the style described (e.g. memo, PowerPoint, etc.). Adhere to APA 6th edition and scholarly writing conventions.
You will visit the online Iris Center and complete a module about inclusion.
The Forums will be employed for discussing issues of interest to the class. Make sure to post (bio) within the first 7 days of class to avoid being dropped by the Registrar. Appropriate “NETIQUETTE” should be followed for all postings.
Online universities promote the advancement of knowledge through positive and constructive debate--both inside and outside the classroom. Discussions on the Internet, however, can occasionally degenerate into needless insults and flaming. Such activity and the loss of good manners are not acceptable in a university setting--basic academic rules of good behavior and proper Netiquette must persist. Remember that you are in a place for the fun and excitement of learning that does not include descent to personal attacks, or attempts to stifle the discussion of others.
- Humor Note: Despite the best of intentions, jokes and--especially--satire can easily get lost or taken seriously. If you feel the need for humor, you may wish to add “emoticons” to help alert your readers: ;-), : )
The success of this course depends on our ability to have read the assigned readings closely, to have thought carefully about the points raised or ignored by authors, and to bring to the group your questions and concerns about their theses and positions into the discussions groups. Having prepared the readings prior to class ensures your productive participation.
Classes will typically begin with a question I have posed the previous week. We should work to achieve conversational exchanges with each other through Forums and emails, constructively challenging each other to think broadly and critically about ideas or assertions posed by the readings.
In all participation and assignments I am looking for evidence of: