Special education classroom observation
- Special education classroom observation
- Dc prep – snapshot of an elementary special education lesson
- Special education and regular education: working together
- Mrs. kelley’s special education classroom
- Spe 551 observation 2
- Special needs- inclusion
- Classroom observation video: instructional dialogue 1
- Observations and the countdown to winter
Dc prep – snapshot of an elementary special education lesson
The aim of this project was to observe special education teachers in algebra I and English I who offered support to students in inclusive high school classrooms in terms of instructional and behavioral activities. Observations were carried out in many waves over the course of a school year. In the spring, teachers introduced a three-week intervention for English I or algebra I. Researchers collected information in order to assess the approaches’ effectiveness.
In addition to the information provided above, the teachers were observed giving systematic, explicit instruction. Any additional learning scaffolds used by the teachers to improve mastery and performance for the students were recorded. Since the sample size was small, positive patterns were observed but no major main effects were found. In algebra, all students improved from the pretest to the posttest, with students with LD showing the most improvement as compared to normal or non-disabled students.
Overall, the results suggest that teachers of students with learning disabilities should provide instruction that meets the quality indicators of successful instruction. Students with LD also lack the prerequisite skills to meet classroom demands, according to instructor interviews and focus group statements. Observations often show that there is also a discrepancy between what a student’s individualized education plan requires and what educators achieve. Furthermore, the findings indicate that in order for students with LD to have valid access to the general education curriculum, educators must write and introduce instructional “escalators” (i.e., lessons that bridge the gap between current and needed student knowledge). Finally, the findings suggest that educators should adopt an appropriate behavior-management program in order to create a learning atmosphere.
Special education and regular education: working together
Classroom observation is a method of accountability that allows teachers to evaluate their ability to meet expectations, enhance their teaching practices, and improve student learning outcomes. Prior research has shown that these practices are not without bias: observational reliability can be questioned due to classroom or observer characteristics. Observing classrooms that serve students with disabilities is much less reliable than observing classrooms in general education learning environments. The reliability of special-education classroom observation by school staff was investigated in this report. We tested various combinations of observers (special educator, school chief, paraprofessional, and researcher) and lessons using a systemic scorer framework modeled after the MET Project to measure the effect of previous exposure to a teacher on scoring the RELATE Tool for Special Education Classroom Observation (RELATE). The consequences for generalization and special education classroom observation are explored, as well as studies of RELATE scorer efficiency, comparisons of school staff and researchers on their aggregates and variance.
Mrs. kelley’s special education classroom
Some principals I’ve met advise their special education teachers that the test is pointless and that they shouldn’t be concerned.
Spe 551 observation 2
This ostensibly relieves you of your responsibility…
Special needs- inclusion
However, this is not the case.
Classroom observation video: instructional dialogue 1
It’s always your assessment, and you have the right to positive input on how your work is being carried out.
I’ve also encountered principals who strictly obey the general education evaluations to the letter. They say they have no knowledge of special education and instead stick to what they do. Obviously, this is a concern because our classrooms are not the same as those in the film. And the ratings aren’t quite right.
And I’ve met some principals who have special education experiences or have observed over time what is needed in our classrooms (or who to ask to find out).
Consider yourself blessed if that is your principal.
Since there is so much that a principal must know, they are few and far between.
Teacher assessments in special education classrooms can be troublesome for a variety of reasons.
Many of them are political, and I’d be happy to discuss them with you over a drink at a conference.
But for the purposes of this article, I’m going to concentrate on a couple of points.
Observations and the countdown to winter
The classroom’s real physical space has the biggest effect on a child’s ability to learn. Finally, a classroom should be well-organized, structured, and clutter-free. “I’ve been in rooms where the ceilings are hung with stuff and the walls are cluttered, and it’s too much for kids to process,” McGrath says. The classroom can be divided into a number of distinct and distinct areas.
This is a large group space where the whole class can learn together. It could be a rug with a fancy “Author’s Chair” for kids to share their work, or a room with couches and chairs for older students to participate in class meetings.
Small Group Space: This area should have a table for the teacher to interact with a small group as well as some space for children to move into small group work (i.e. turning their desks towards one another).
Reading, writing, listening, creative arts, and cross-curricular work should all be encouraged in this space. The center room is a gathering place for children to focus on a variety of tasks. It’s a community center with a number of applications. Every classroom should have a library with books, comfy seating, and adequate lighting. A computer center is an excellent place to teach and focus on writing skills for special needs children.