MORAVIAN COLLEGE

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

 

INCLUDING STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Ed. 242.2

May 2001

Mrs. Camie Modjadidi

Home Phone: 610/866-8475

Office Phone: 610/861-1473

E-mail: mecam01@moravian.edu

I am available to meet with you by appointment. Please contact me to make arrangements.

 

I have come to the frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized.

Between Teacher and Child

Dr. Hiam Ginott

 

All children can learn. It is where the student enters, the size of the learning set and the pace of instruction which varies and must be adjusted to form an instructional match for the student.

 

Basic Principle of the Instructional Support Process

 

Including Students with Special Needs will use the seminar format. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with special education laws, state and federal definitions, inclusionary practices and current issues regarding special education services as they relate to students with disabilities, their families and general education.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

The student will demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:

1. terminology regarding special education.

2. definitions and criteria regarding exceptionalities and delivery formats.

3. legal and ethical issues regarding special education services.

4. current trends, best practices and inclusionary practices as they relate to general education and special education services.

5. belief systems regarding special education practices.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Attendance will be taken in class. Since the seminar format will be used, attendance and class participation are essential. Each unexcused absence will result in a reduction of your final grade by one grade per absence. Students should come to class well prepared to discuss the outlined topics. All reading assignments must be completed prior to the designated class. Issues regarding special education are often technical and may be confusing. I welcome questions and look forward to discussions regarding areas of concern and/or interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

REQUIRED TEXT

Hallahan, Daniel P.; Kauffman, James M. (2000) Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education; Eighth Edition. Needham Heights, Mass: Allyn and Bacon

 

Additional readings will be distributed during class.

COURSE ACTIVITIES

 

1. Attend and participate in all classes: 20%

Absences due to illness will be excused only with a written form from a healing practitioner. Your participation in class activities and discussions is essential and will be monitored. You will be expected to participate in all class activities and discussions.

2. Response Log: 20%

This log will be used:

to respond to questions presented in class.

to review specific articles given out during the length of the course.

to write personal insights and/or questions.

The response log entries must be typed, dated, have the entry question at the top of the first page and be kept in a folder. At least two references from information presented in class, the text or supplemental articles are required for each log entry. The response log will be collected every Wednesday.

3. Two contacts with people involved with special education: 30% each

This activity is meant to give you the opportunity to interview two people who have personal experience, commitment and investment in special education. This may include students with disabilities, parents of students with disabilities, teachers, administrators or specialists. You may visit a classroom where students with disabilities receive services. After each contact you will write a reaction essay which must include:

  • a description of the situation
  • your questions: One question must focus on the individual's belief system concerning inclusionary practices.
  • the responses to your questions
  • your observations and reactions
  • Each paper should be 3-4 pages in length and typed. If you need assistance in arranging these contacts, please see me immediately.

Due: 5/16 and 5/23

The use of correct spelling, punctuation and grammar is expected in all written assignments.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.

EVALUATION POLICY

Your performance in all areas will be graded in accordance with Moravian College's standards of academic achievement. Please refer to the Student Handbook for any further clarification. Please be advised that to receive an A you will be expected to go beyond the basic requirements and expectations. If you have any questions concerning your grades, please see me immediately.

The following grade conversions will be used in determining your recorded letter grade for the course:

94 - 100 = A 74 - 76 = C

90 - 93 = A- 70 - 73 = C-

87 - 89 = B+ 67 - 69 = D+

84 - 86 = B 64 - 66 = D

80 - 83 = B- 60 - 63 = D-

77 - 79 = C+ 0 - 59 = F

 

 

The Moravian College policy on academic honesty will be followed. Please refer to the Student Handbook.