LAI 574 Final Project

By: Jennifer Burden

Competency 1:

I chose to simply talk about all the different categories of disabilities and what their definitions are. I think this relates back to this class in that every week, with the exception of a few, we learned about one or two specific categories of disability. This obviously relates back to what we learned in class in that every week I learned a new definition that will help me in my future classroom. A large part of being a teacher is knowing what you are working with, so learning what the IDEA defines specific disabilities as can be a huge help. Not only does it help you learn about what your students are dealing with, it can also be a big help in writing IEP's, which I talk about in a later competency response.

**This was made just for the final portfolio.

Jenn Burden

Competency 1 by Jenn Burden

Competency 2:

I decided that the best way to express the identification and remediation for each disability was by means of a table. I feel like I have said this a lot, but this is something that you could keep in your room to reference if you are faced with a situation. If you think a student could be showing some signs of a type of disability you could pull this out and see if you could identify what could be happening. Then you could talk to their parents and see if they should take the student to be evaluated. Not only is it helpful for if you want to identify a disability, but if you have a student in your class who has one of these disabilities you could see what you can do as a teacher to remediate some of the issues the student has.

**This was made just for the final project.

Competency 3:

For this competency I decided to make an IDEA for dummies sheet, and an RtI for dummies sheet. I decided this would be a good mode to present information due to the fact that it is short and concise. It tells you all the important details of IDEA and RtI, in a short easy to digest manner. This relates back to this class due to the fact that most of what we are going to deal with in the classroom deals with IDEA and the special education laws. We need to make sure that we follow everything that the IDEA wants from us, not only for the students, but for ourselves and the school as well. Response to Intervention is something that every teacher is going to have to deal with at some point and having some knowledge of what we are dealing with before we get thrown into it is super helpful. I think that these are things that you could potentially show student teachers when they observe your class just to give them an introduction to their future.

**These were made just for the final project.

Competency 4:

For this competency I decided to write up a "cheat sheet" on who should be in an IEP meeting, what should be covered in an IEP meeting, and what exactly an IEP is. I think this could be a great sheet to look at when you are given the task of writing an IEP for a student. It is in no way a complete description of what you should do, but it is a good place to start when making a checklist of things you need to do for an IEP. I have never seen an IEP before taking this class, and looking back on the IEP's that you gave us made coming up with this "cheat sheet" very easy. This is something I would keep the link for personally in case anyone asked me, student or new teacher, what exactly an IEP was. This obviously relates to all the competencies that I have talked about before as an IEP deals with the type of disability you are working with, how to remediate it, and the special education laws call for many things in an IEP, that you need to worry about as a teacher.

**This was made just for the final portfolio.

Competency 5:

I chose to use the artifact that I made for the module on PBIS. I made this decision as I think that there are a lot of things that you need to know when talking about PBIS. I think that learning about PBIS will really help me when I have my own classroom. I think that the idea that PBIS is so similar to RtI is important. I think that when looking at these models of learning it is important to try to not only use one, but take the good parts of both models and use them in your classroom, even if you don't have students who necessarily need RtI or PBIS. I think that using some of the ideas from these models of learning can help to increase student understanding in your classroom, as these models are made to help students learn.

**This was made for this class previously, and not newly made for the final portfolio.

Competency 6:

For this competency I chose to use the lesson that I presented for this class. The reason that I chose this is due to the fact that this is one of the only lessons that I have created with the idea of co-teaching in mind. I think that co-teaching, while we will not all have a co-teacher, is something that we need to think about when creating lessons. I think it is important to think about this simply due to the fact that there are so many different ways you can use another teacher in the classroom. Not only are they another set of eyes that can make sure students are behaving and staying on topic, but they bring another set of ideas to the classroom. This can not only help the students if they are struggling, but you as the teacher as well. You can use them as an observer, or you can have them teach while you observe, so the students get used to respecting other people, not just the one general education teacher.

**This was made for this class previously, and was not newly made for the final portfolio.


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