Monday, June 17, 2013

Great Ideas for Inclusive Classrooms


Differentiated instruction engages students of all abilities as active learners, decision-makers, and problem solvers making educational experiences more meaningful for all. This one-of-a-kind book proves that designing differentiated instruction can be simple and fun! Packed with creative adaptation ideas like fidget bags, doodle notes, and choice boards, this book gives K 12 educators 100 teacher-designed, kid-tested strategies they can use to meet the needs of all students in inclusive classrooms. Ideal for helping students who need extra support, scaffolding, reminders, organization, or enrichment, this book gives general and special educators easy adaptations in 10 key areas. These areas are; organization, environment and sensory, technology, communication and participation, behavior and motivation, teaching and learning, literacy, math, study and review, and assessment. This book has a user-friendly layout with a description, materials list, directions, an example, references, and vendors for every entry. All illustrations of each strategy are in full-color. You will get practical advice from expert educators, along with lists of resources and references to back up every entry. These ready-to-use, research-based adaptations enhance motivation and improve achievement for all children including English-language learners and students with autism, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities and other special needs. Everyone in the classroom will benefit from this timely, ultra-practical guidebook the go-to resource for any teacher who has ever had a doubt that differentiated instruction can be simple and fun!

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Book Description:

Three handbooks; 30 key ideas presented in small, smart packages; all the information necessary to start making inclusion work effectively. Whether you're a general educator, a special educator, an administrator, a therapist, or a family team member, You're Welcome presents the thinking you'll need to open your classrooms to all students.
 
You're Welcome is divided into three handbooks that address the most important educational frameworks at the heart of inclusive schooling:
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Collaboration and Teaming
  • Positive and Peaceful Behavior Supports
 
Each book contains ten big ideas that provide the most pertinent information for understanding and supporting diverse learners. Schwarz and Kluth distill the research and best practices behind inclusion into concise, actionable nuggets for professional learning that include:
  • classroom structures
  • instructional strategies
  • organizational principles and activities
  • lesson ideas
  • examples from real schools
  • recommended print and Web resources.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about crucial topics such as coteaching, team building, collaborating with students, integrating the IEP into the general education curriculum, creating personalized learning agendas, and writing sensitive and responsive behavior plans. Read You're Welcome and discover a powerful tool for implementing educational practices that provide meaningful help for students with a range of diverse abilities, needs, gifts, and struggles as they achieve effective educational gains. 

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