Welcome to the TE 408 Sec 007 Special Education Emphasis Wiki

In the next few weeks, we will embark on a journey that will better prepare us to address the needs of all our students, paying particular attention to the needs of special education students. In this wiki you will find information about class tasks and assignments. I look forward to a wonderful term!

Gerardo Aponte

Quick Links:

Syllabus Addendum

Focus Student Portfolio

Special Education Resources

Schedule and Agendas:

Class 1 - January 12, 2012
Topic: Introduction to Special Education. What is it and why do we need it?
Textbook chapters: 1 and 2
Portfolio Tasks: Identify the student you will work with and begin collecting data.

Interesting perspectives from Special Education teachers on inclusion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH4B4aF3KbA

Class 2 - January 19, 2012
Topic: Types of Disabilities. What are they and how can we learn more about them?
Textbook chapters: 3
Portfolio Tasks: Research student's disability.

Disabilities 411 (based on Textbook info and class discussion)
What are WebQuests? Activity
WebQuest Assignment

Link to Michigan Code of Ethics for Educators (discussed in class)

Class 3 - January 26, 2012
Topic: Learning Styles. How can we accommodate and modify instruction to meet students' needs?
Textbook chapters: 12, 13, 14, and 15
Portfolio Tasks: Begin planning and accommodating the lessons.

  • Chapter 12 - Interventions and Supports to Address Executive Function Problems: Andrea Noffsinger, Joshua Hagler, Lindita Ivezaj
  • Chapter 13 - Interventions to Boost Self-Esteem, Social Competence, and Social Skills: Holeigh Ries, Mike Krcatovich, Kristen Wellman, Melanie Borson, Lindsey Skoog, Jason Lintjer, Phil Janis, Tim Whelan, Chris Sweno
  • Chapter 14 - Interventions to Improve Behavior and Discipline: Jim Mora, Matthew Mount, Quinn Johnson,
  • Chapter 15 - Guidelines for Boosting Homework, Studying, and Organizational Skills: Matt Malburg, Krista Flanders, Bobby Billman, Cameron Alvarez

Class Assignment: MCEC Conference Proposals

Class 4 - February 2, 2012
Topic: Case studies - what can we do for kids?
Textbook chapters: No Reading :)
Portfolio Task: Begin planning your lessons

CEC Standards for Professional Practice
Review the standards under Professionals in Relation to Persons with Exceptionalities and Their Families

Classroom Adaptations Handbook
Kent County Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, MI
Click on the Handbook listed under Procedures, Guidelines and Manuals.

Class 5 - February 9, 2012
Guest Speakers: The Special Education staff member and You: Roles and Collaborations
Textbook chapters: 4 and 16
Portfolio Task: Begin teaching your lessons and prepare presentations

Cases Assignment

Class 6 - February 16, 2012
Presentations on Focus Student Portfolio Assignments
Textbook chapters: No reading :)
Homework: Think about something related to teaching that you would like to discuss/learn about in the following classes: Feb 23 and Mar 1.

Guidelines for Presentations

To access the survey for upcoming class topics and mini course evaluation, click here. The survey should take 10 minutes tops. Thank you so much!

Class 7 - February 23, 2012
Topic: Understanding English Language Learners and using best practices
Reference: Textbook - Teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners

Programs Analysis

Case Analysis


Class 8 - March 1st, 2012
Topic: Faculty Lounge: Preparing for the Internship