Try These VESOL Lesson Plans that Promote Cross-Content Instruction
If you use the Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL) in your daily instruction, then it is likely that you are tasked with teaching multiple content areas to your class. Perhaps you are responsible for teaching Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies to your students. Maybe you are part of a teaching team, where… Read More Try These VESOL Lesson Plans that Promote Cross-Content Instruction
Educational Podcasts for Summer Professional Learning
Congratulations on wrapping up another successful school year! Soon you will be enjoying a family vacation or perhaps some well-deserved quiet time at home. At some point, you will begin thinking about new teaching ideas for the next school year. You might read some teacher journals or sign up for a summer webinar series. Another option is to listen… Read More Educational Podcasts for Summer Professional Learning
Seven Super Ways to Update Your VESOL Instruction
Spring is here. We are in the final quarter of the school year and the VESOL testing window will soon be closed. This is a great time to try a new resource or teaching strategy. Consider the following ideas and pick one or two to try with your students. 1) Content Teaching Academy This June, James Madison University… Read More Seven Super Ways to Update Your VESOL Instruction
Innovative Strategies for VESOL Instruction
On January 18, 2023, T-TAC ODU hosted The VESOL Alliance at the Newport News Marriott. This unique professional learning event offered a range of high-interest sessions and free resources to over 80 attendees from across regions 2 & 3. Our expert presenters shared VESOL-referenced lesson plans that can be used to engage learners of all ages. If you were not able… Read More Innovative Strategies for VESOL Instruction
Integrated VESOL Instruction: Creating Lessons that Address Multiple Content Areas
As we enter the second year of VESOL (Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning) instruction, there is a better understanding of how to prepare great lessons that set our students up for success. Yet, a few questions remain. One of the most common questions coming from educators is- How do I find time to teach reading, math, AND science… Read More Integrated VESOL Instruction: Creating Lessons that Address Multiple Content Areas
As follows are some online learning opportunities that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies conducts research related to literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities. They have offered access to the handouts and presentation materials from several of their national presentations.
Free literacy webinars are being offered by Don Johnston Inc. You can choose from live webinars and archived webinars that were previously recorded.
The Teaching the Write Way TACtic is an instructional unit for teachers of students with intellectual disabilities. This unit gives a thorough description of the developmental Stages of Writing and how students progress through each. You will also learn about the writing process and how to incorporate it into your instruction. This TACtic features popular ASOL-based writing lessons that are successfully being implemented in local schools. An Activity CD full of resources is included with this unit.
Providing online instruction is now a very important skill for teachers. The Bob Pike Group is offering free webinars on a variety of topics that can help make online learning engaging and interactive.
The I’M DETERMINED Project is all about helping students learn self-determination skills. Browse the site to learn about many great resources. You will find tools such as the One Pager and Good Day Plan, which help students take an active role in goal planning, the IEP process, transitioning, and behavior planning. Best of all, you will find templates for the tools, authentic student examples, and videos of teachers & students using these tools.
Below are some excellent resources for teachers and parents of children with intellectual disabilities. You will find a collection of documents that will support your lesson planning, videos that may challenge your mindset, and materials that will engage your students. Each resource addresses, in some way, a belief that all students can learn academic content. Enjoy!
Symbols and Learning to Read– I encourage you to check out Dr. Caroline Musselwhite’s discussion of the effect that symbolation has on learning to read.
Do 2 Learn offers a comprehensive list of strategies for supporting students with intellectual disabilities in a number of areas including academics, socialization, communication, daily living, and behavior.
Daily Activities for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Professionals in Arkansas developed an extensive resource document for teachers and parents to use together in order to create individualized daily/weekly lessons for students with significant cognitive disabilities (K-12).
Literacy Possible Writing Modules include 8 short & engaging videos that help frame what quality writing instruction might look like for students with significant disabilities. Sample activities are included!
Tar Heel Reader is a free site that offers thousands of high-interest e-books for students. All texts are switch accessible.
Writing with Alternative Pencils is a great option for students who cannot hold a writing utensil or use a keyboard.
Literacy for All shares a great overview of Predictable Chart Writing.
Carol Dweck offers an engaging video that explains the brain research behind why educators should praise effort rather than talent.
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