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Thoughts on Responding to Criticism of Teachers of Students with Disability
There are many reasons for the enormous negativity toward teachers in Australia. These include media reports that Australian classrooms are among the most undisciplined in the world, alarming PISA and NAPLAN results as well as divisive debates on how to teach literacy. Amid this negativity, teachers of students with disability
Activating Students as Learning Resources for One Another
Dylan William, an educational leader in formative assessment, supports teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. His most well-known text, ‘Embedded Formative Assessment’, outlines five critical strategies: Clarifying, understanding, and sharing learning intentionsEngineering effective classroom discussions, tasks and activities that elicit evidence of learningProviding feedback that
Age-Appropriateness for Students with Disability: Who Decides?
Several years ago, I taught a secondary student with an intellectual disability who loved the Wiggles. He carried a Wiggles doll in the playground and borrowed Wiggles books from the library. This special interest was one of the driving forces in this student’s life and clearly made him happy. At
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Humour or Bullying?
Humour can be effective teaching tool to build positive social relationships, if used wisely. However, there is little research on the use of humour in the classroom (Lovorn 2015), although there are studies on the impact of humour on marginalised groups such as ethnic minorities and people with disability. It
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiation
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a proactive approach to designing learning experiences to be accessible for all students, while differentiation is a reactive evaluation of the needs of individual students where adjustments are retrofitted into the learning environment. Some people use the terms synonymously, but they are different. However,
Two Approaches to SMARTAR Goals
Planning is an important part of the educational process. For a student with delays or disabilities, developing an individual learning plan is vital to develop a roadmap so the student can achieve their aspirations for their future. A learning plan is student-centred, identifies appropriate learning goals and describes adaptations to