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Making Science Accessible - Special Needs Students

 
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A Backward Approach to Inquiry

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Summary: In the sciences, the National Science Education Standards further emphasize that learning science is an inquiry-based process; therefore, teaching methods should be inquiry-based. Use a backwards design approach to ensure that academic standards are met...

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Big Picture Science: Uncovering teaching strategies for underrepresented groups

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Summary: Some experts suggest that people who are underrepresented in science often have difficulty expressing their ideas and participating in classrooms where traditional methods of instruction are used because they may feel uncomfortable with the limited roles...

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Classroom Considerations: Behavior

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Summary: Behavior management is probably never an issue in your advanced-level science class, and you should not assume that it will be now that you have a student with a disability in your class. Remember that good preparation on your part will go a long way...

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Editor’s Roundtable: Differentiated instruction to the rescue!

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Summary: Differentiated Instruction (DI) is an ongoing practice: teachers intentionally and systematically discover and plan lessons around the strengths, needs, prior knowledge, and attitudes of their students. Teachers must routinely consider not just the “what”...

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Inquiry Activities in Action: Questioning, Differentiating, and Assessing

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Summary: Armed with the 10 activities in Chapter 6, or at least the ones that grabbed your interest, let's look at several important considerations for carrying them out. To do that, the following four topics will be addressed in this chapter: (1) focus questions...

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Inquiry-Based Science Instruction for Students with Disabilities

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Summary: Students with disabilities often are struggling readers who cannot successfully access and use print information. As a result, they usually experience difficulties with traditional science instruction, which typically relies on textbooks and other printed...

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Making Science Accessible: Strategies to Meet the Needs of a Diverse Student Population

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Summary: Despite the sincere interest of many teachers to address the varying educational needs of their students (Scruggs and Mastropieri 1994), the current emphasis on inclusion remains a source of frustration, misunderstanding, and distrust by some teachers,...

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Methods and Strategies: Enhancing Science for ELLs

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Summary: The elementary classroom is changing, and English Language Learners (ELLs) are frequently a part of the mainstream classroom, learning alongside of native English speaking children, even when the ELLs’ language has not yet developed fully. So, teachers...

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Methods and Strategies: Science Success for Students With Special Needs

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Summary: Recent special education legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) emphasizes the placement of students with mild disabilities in the general education classroom. Therefore, students with learning, behavior, and communicating disorders...

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Perspectives: ELLs and the Language of School Science

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Summary: In science, language denotes the relationship among ideas (e.g., cause/effect; instance/generalization; individual/group member), with features that are often subtle and abstract. Such features of science language make school science difficult for all...

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Science Sampler: Helping the environment helps the human race—Differentiated instruction across the curriculum

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Summary: This set of lessons is designed to be carried out in all of the subject-area classes. Science lessons are expanded and taught in social studies, math, and language arts classes. This highlights the far-reaching impact that science has on other worldviews....

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Science Sampler: Special lessons from special needs students

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Summary: Something amazing happens when you change your teaching methods to accommodate learners at all ability levels: It can improve your overall success as a teacher. In this article, the author shares five lessons that she has learned from students with special...

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Science Sampler: Success for all is just a heartbeat away

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Summary: To unlock student understanding and enable a large percentage of the class to successfully complete a full range of inquiry activities, try using the differentiated instruction approach described in this article. Students of varying levels will thrive...

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Science with Attitude: An Informal Science Education Experience

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Summary: Kansas City's Science City Summer Camp is an eight-week program for children of ages 6-12 from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Drawing on the knowledge that people have diverse learning styles, Science City introduces science concepts each day...

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Scope on Safety: Collaborating safely

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Summary: With the advent of inclusion legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or PL 105-17 Reauthorization Action of 1997, many schools have focused on teaching partnerships between regular education and special education teachers....

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Supporting Special Students: Including special needs students in the science classroom

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Summary: Many secondary science teachers feel overwhelmed by directives to adapt curriculum and instruction for students with special needs. So, how can science teachers juggle their familiar responsibilities as well as the new skills needed in today's diverse...

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Teaching by Tiering

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Summary: The movement toward inclusion has affected classrooms greatly. Now, more than ever, teachers are addressing a broader range of academic needs in every classroom. But, how can teachers can reach all students when students are so academically...

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Tech Trek: Technologies for special needs students

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Summary: You might wonder why today’s science teachers need to keep current with the latest technologies available for special education students. When you consider that more than 50 million Americans are identified as having a disability, classroom technology...

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Three Keys to Success in Science for Students With Learning Disabilities

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Summary: Students with learning disabilities often need additional supports and structure in inquiry classrooms. The authors describe three ways teachers can enhance the achievement of these students: focusing on big ideas, using graphic organizers, and providing...

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Unit Pages: Differentiation for 200 Students

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Summary: Based upon the models of differentiated instruction (Tomlinson and Edison 2003) and Layered Curriculum (Nunley 2004), the author the Unit Pages strategy. Just like Layered Curriculum, the pages can be handed directly to students, allowing them to take...

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Unlocking Academic Vocabulary

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Summary: How can we teach science to English language learners (ELLs) when even our native English speakers have trouble reading the textbook? To help science teachers meet this challenge, this article presents six text-comprehension strategies used by English...

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Using Diversity as a Strength in the Science Classroom: The Benefits of Science Talk

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Summary: Using diversity as a strength in the classroom requires teachers to change their practices in some critical ways. It means learning how to listen to and look carefully for connections between students’ ideas and scientific ideas and ways of knowing. In...