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Special Populations

Special Populations


As an educator I find that more students are coming with to me with unique situations filled with roadblocks that challenge their learning. Whether it be a learning disability, sexual identity, language roadblock, or socio-economic disparity,  It seems like when I was growing up there were two kinds of students – general education students and special education students – and these two populations of students rarely mixed.  Nowadays, students with all kinds of classifications come together in a classroom and sit before a teacher, some vested in learning, others completely disinterested and others desperate  to learn but can’t for one reason or another.

The more I talk to other educators, the more I find that they have to consider so many factors when planning a lesson, not just the standards that their given districts are expecting their students to master by the end of the school year.

FInd resources to support the diverse needs of these special populations has become a focus of mine this summer as I begin to plan PD for the upcoming school year.  In the past, I have simply picked a topic to focus on, like engagement or assessment.  And while that has served me fairly well, I have come to realize that it has not met the needs of all the students that walk into my school each day.  Therefore, I have decided to dedicate a new page to following special populations which will include links to the resources I have found.  Hopefully others out there will be able to use these resources to support their own individual learners within their classrooms and schools as more and more of these students continue to need our attention and support.

Transgender Youth
English Language Learners
Students with Disabilities
At-risk Youth
Addressing the varying needs of boys vs. girls

 

So please feel free to click on a picture above, it will take you to one of the pages under my new tab on special populations and will have more links, websites, videos,  and strategies to support students that are classified in these special populations.  As I come across more resources I will continue to update these pages, so check back often.

I do believe every child is unique.  Every child wants to learn.  It’s just a matter of figuring out how to help them overcome their roadblocks so they can.  Sometimes we need to learn from them, we need to have our own teachable moment so we can give them successful teachable ones each and every day!

On an aside: As make sure you check with your local district or state for their most current policies regarding protected classes.  In New York Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) went into effect December 31, 2013. DASA training is now mandated for all educators.  Many districts now publish their policies under DASA or laws similar for their protected classes.  For example, NYC policy for transgender youth can be found here.

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Edshelf…very cool


I just discovered edshelf and in many ways it was by accident.  I was looking for something completely different in goggle and the first hit I got was two different links to different edshelf collections.  Now I may be completely behind the times in just learning about edshelf, but after a bit of agonizing I decided that even if just one person reads this and learns about edshelf, then it was worth blogging about.

So for those of you who have not heard of this website, it allows educators to create collections (based on whatever organizational means you consider fit!) of apps that they can or do  use  in the classroom.

In my opinion – sheer genius!!!  I wish I knew about this site sooner.  I am constantly coming across apps that I think are great, and while I don’t necessarily have the opportunity to use them right away, it is hard to keep track of them.  Thanks to edshelf, NOW I DO!!!  It also gives me (and hopefully you) the opportunity to browse education apps in one place and decide whether you want to take the time to download it before you go through the trouble of setting up an account.  Perfect!!! Thank you edshelf

I have just started to play with my edshelf account, but have already create three collections and an example of one is below.

Mind Mapping on edself
Mind Mapping on edself

What is also a real plus is you can print your collection page, with or without QR codes and give the handouts  to your students, staff, parents, etc. as a reference tool.

If you use technology in the classroom, then I would urge you to check the site out.  Even if you are not interested in setting up an account, you can definitely glean much information from the collections that have already been created by other educators.  For me, it was clearly my teachable moment of the day!

Pinterest in the classroom


Every once and a while I learn about a cool website and I get completely sucked in to website or application that to me seems to have endless uses for the classroom.

Pinterest

Pinterest is one of those sites.

While I am sure that it is not new to a lot of you out there, it is to me and I am amazed how many resources are available for teacher on this social networking site.

So how exactly does Pinterest work for the classroom?  Well the premise behind it is simple.  People post pictures they have taken or find on the web.  The pictures link to that person’s site or the site where they found the picture.  For example here is a screen shot of a search for process charts on pinterest -

Screenshot of a search on pinterest

If you see a picture that really catched your attention – you click on it.   Then you have two options, you can pin it to one of your own boards or you can follow the link to the site or do both.  For example, a search in the education board led me to this “pin” -

When you click on this photo it takes you to the website.  Which most times opens you to a great website with lots of valuable information.  Having only just started searching the site, I have already come across some great ideas through visuals and descriptions and the great thing is, if you are just in the mood to scan you can repin a post to your own board and save the research for later which I find so helpful because all these great ideas are in one place!

The site is truly worth taking a look at, especially if you are a visual person.  It is also a great way to connect with other educators around the country and share great ideas and for all the iphone users out there it is an app!