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Friday, February 10, 2017

Words of Inspiration from Susan Cunningham from Rend Lake

Special Learning Needs Institute participant Susan Cunningham, Disability Services/Title III Activity Director from Rend Lake College shares the following experience and insight.

"I tutor a student in math. In this one-to-one situation, I have started structuring and modeling the task. I demonstrate a skill by telling her about it and creating a clear written example. I then, on the same page, have her do a very similar example using the pattern in the demonstration and describing what she is doing.  At this point, if she was able to describe the process, I ask for feedback on how confident she feels with the skill.  If she feels ready to work on her own, I give her the example page to use as she works.  If she is unsure, I do another problem, modeling and describing the process.  The student then does another problem and we reassess.

The feedback from the student has been extremely positive.  She seems to understand the material more quickly.  She feels the 'notes' from our session are already a helpful study aid. The most positive outcome is she has requested additional tutoring time.
What is interesting is this approach actually takes me less time.  While I have to be conscious of organizing the task in a clear manager, the access to these notes has made the student more independent and improved her confidence level.  Re-teaching is not necessary nearly as often."
Thanks Susan!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thanks to Michael Matos from Albany Park Community Center and a current participant in the Special Learning Needs Institute for sharing the following. When assisting students, Michael uses guiding questions and the framework for SMART student learning goals:

1. What do we observe in the examples of student work? What patterns do we notice?
2. What can we infer about our students' strengths and challenges?
3. Which challenge shall we address?

Thanks for sharing these guiding questions as we work through assisting our students individually as equal partners and co-investigators in their learning!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching and Test Taking Skills from Diann Duke

Thanks to Diann Duke, GED Director, Peoria Adult Transition Center and Peoria County Jail, and participant in the Special Learning Needs group meeting at Parkland College for her advice and for sharing her individualized plan for her students.

“I am teaching strategies for test taking and when attempting any learning or output.  Our students haven't been successful in traditional school but many are very intelligent - they haven't picked up some valuable skills/strategies to support them in learning, retaining and demonstrating what they know.

I apply Diagnostic-Prescriptive teaching during this process by observing students while they are instructed and when they are being tested, taking notes that apply to them individually (such as use of tools available, pacing during a test, etc.) and making an individualized plan (short, beginning with simple strategies they can master and moving up to more intricate strategies as they develop skills).  I either meet with them or communicate through notes which include instructors who have that day to day contact and opportunity to reinforce what we are attempting to embed in student performance.



Monday, October 10, 2016

October is LD Month!

Check out the Learning Disabilities Association of America's Calendar of Events to recognize LD Month this October. This calendar offers free webinars, links to great apps, and a wealth of information.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Forum for Excellence - Sessions emphasizing Special Learning Needs

There's a great program line-up for the Forum for Excellence beginning this Wednesday at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center! Here are some especially great sessions that will emphasis teaching and learning for Special Learning Needs:

Special Populations Support Strategies – Beaufort
Wednesday, September 28th - 10:45-11:45am
Aime’e Julian & Casey Anderson

Bipolar Disorder: What It Means to You and Your Classroom – Fell B
Wednesday, September 28th – 1:15-2:15pm
Bevan Gibson

Technology Ideas for Classroom Instruction – Broadway
Wednesday, September 28th – 2:30-3:30pm
Heather Martin & Tara Schwab

Creating an Engaging Learning Environment – Redbird E
Thursday, September 29th – 8:30-9:30am
Kathy Young

Teaching with Multiple Intelligences “In Mind” – Redbird G
Thursday, September 29th – 9:45-10:45am
Sarah Goldammer

For more information visit: http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/forum-for-excellence/

Hope to see you at the Forum!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Parkland to be Central/Southern Host

Thanks to Parkland College for their hospitality in agreeing to host the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists training in the central/southern regions! The dates at Parkland are: 

Friday, October 28, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Friday, April 14, 2017

Please contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu for more information or to request an application. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Olive Harvey to Host 16-17 SLN Northern Training

Thanks to Olive Harvey College for their hospitality in agreeing to host the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists training in the north! The dates at Olive Harvey are: 

Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Friday, March 31, 2017

Please contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu for more information or to request an application. Dates and location for the Central/Southern group coming soon!