Simply making content available to students is not enough. We have to make it accessible to each and every one, including English learners. Specialist Valentina Gonzalez offers ways to identify obstacles to accessibility and create paths to learning in every subject.
The unique design of STEM lessons allows students, regardless of ability, access to real-life learning experiences. Giving students with special needs authentic STEM experiences can help them get ready for a future where all types of people live, work and solve together.
Elizabeth Stein’s five-step checklist for teachers can help students who learn differently achieve their personal best in today’s Common Core classrooms. Accommodations should bridge gaps and remove barriers but preserve as much independence as possible.
Elizabeth Stein is now an instructional coach, working with many educators in co-teaching situations. She reflects on the characteristics of effective partnerships, including some that require us to leave comfort zones.
Johnny Cataffo, our first guest blogger at Two Teachers in the Room, has filled both the special and general educator role in the co-teaching partnership.