Goals And Objectives Creation For Special Education Students

Planning and Placement Team Meeting continued…

What are goals and objectives?

Goals and objectives are the areas that your child will work on throughout the year in the classroom, with a special education teacher, a counselor or in some other way. Hey have to be monitored and measured. Monitoring can be through completion of tasks, teacher observation, etc. The measurement can be through grades, standardized tests or mastery of a task. Each goal and subsequent objectives has a page dedicated to it. Goals can be related to academics, self-help skills, behavior, counseling, etc.

How are goals and objectives created?

  1. The team including yourself (the parent) will talk about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Goals/objectives will reflect areas that a child needs assistance in.
  2. Any classes taken with a special education teacher will have their own set of goals/objectives.
  3. Depending on the age of your child, he or she may need transition goals from one school to the next or post-graduation
  4. Behavior goals are generally for mild behavior problems. Students with serious behavior issues generally have a behavior intervention plan made up separately from an Individualized Education Plan.
  5. Other goals may be added as necessary in terms of community participation, general education participation, self-help skills, etc.
  6. Children with Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy needs will have goals related to these areas as well.

Who writes the goal page?

The special education teacher generally writes the goals and objectives with input from the team. Certain goals related to counseling, speech therapy, etc. would be written by the individuals providing the service.

Can a parent request certain goals/objectives?

Certainly. Most teachers will work with the parent in creating goals and objectives that both feel are appropriate and in the best interests of the child. Also, if there are goals or objectives that you feel are not needed or are inappropriate talk to the individual about it and see why it was created and discuss whether or not it is relevant.

Special Education – What Does IDEA Say About Functional Skills, and How Will It Help My Child?

Are you the parent of a child, receiving special education services,
that thinks your child may benefit from functional skill training?
Would you like to know what the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) requires in relation to functional skills? Would
you like parenting tips on using IDEA requirements to help your child
receive functional skill training? This article is for you; it will
discuss IDEA requirements, and how you can use them to advocate for
functional skills training for your child.

The purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities
have available to them a free appropriate public education that
emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet
their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment,
and independent living. Education is more than reading, writing, and
math; it also includes functional skills to help children with
disabilities live a full and rewarding life.

IDEA requires each child’s IEP to contain a statement of present
levels of academic achievement and functional performance. School
personnel should give you objective information (testing) each year,
about your child’s academic and functional performance. Do not accept
teacher subjective observations and grades (also subjective), to
determine if your child is making academic and functional progress.
Around Christmas time ask that testing be performed in the areas of
academics and functional skills, in January, so that these results can
be used at the annual IEP meeting. Also ask for copies of the testing
at least 14 days before the meeting, so that you will be able to be an
equal participant in the meeting.

IDEA also requires that the IEP contains a statement of measurable
annual goals, including academic and functional goals. Since you asked
for testing at Christmas time, and hopefully have received the results
before the IEP meeting, you will have some knowledge of your child’s
academic and functional needs. Write a few academic and functional
goals, and make sure they are measurable. In other words, how will you
know when your child has made the goal? Bring the list with you to
your child’s IEP meeting. Share your input on annual academic and
functional goals with the IEP team.

By understanding what the federal law IDEA states about functional
skills, you can use the information to ensure that your child is
tested in this area, and has annual goals developed for their IEP, if
needed. Functional skills will help your child become as independent
as possible as an adult, and live a more fulfilled life!

The Top Misconceptions of Learning a New Language

There are many misconceptions about learning a new language. I myself fell into a lot of the stereotypes about learning a new language. However, now having learned a new language I know the truths about it and want to help you realize the truth as well. Here are some of the most common misconceptions:

It is really hard to learn how to speak a new language.

TRUTH: Not at all! This statement could be true if you are trying use some free translator off the Internet to teach you, or low quality software. However, if you find software that is exceptional, then no it is a breeze and actually enjoyable to learn a new language!

It takes a really long time to learn to speak a new language.

TRUTH: Absolutely not! With the software I purchased, it only took me 8 weeks to learn how to speak German! I took 2 years of college courses that taught me less; probably so they made sure I had to come back for more semesters paying them more money! Plus you get to work when you want, were you want, for however long you want. You do not have to learn a new language in 8 weeks, but you could if you wanted to!

Learning a new language is boring, just memorizing grammar and words.

TRUTH: You need to learn the languages grammar and words, but who said it had to be boring? I used Rocket Languages software, which included 2 different games for learning the language. Not to mention the audio, 24/7 help forum, and other fun and easy applications!

Language software is extremely expensive, I could not afford it.

TRUTH: Rocket Languages software came with 2 interactive language games, 32 hours of audio, members only forum, grammar lessons, culture lessons and much more for only $99. Rosetta Stone and other language software on the market cost over $300, and sometimes only getting one of multiple lessons! Not to mention being bilingual can get you a raise at your job, it would pay for itself in one paycheck, and then the rest of your life earn profit!

No practical or daily uses to make it worthwhile.

TRUTH: You can get a raise at your job, or even land a job over others. Especially if the field that you are going into has a lot of communication, trading or affiliation with a country or company that speaks the language you know. You can start making more money just for knowing another language! Or if you like to travel, family speaks the language, your heritage, there are many reasons learning a language is worth your time!

There are many misconceptions about learning a new language. I have only covered the most common of them. There is no reason you cannot join me and the hundreds of thousands of others that have taken a step in the right direction by learning a new language. Not to mention my wallet is fatter because of it.

Special Education, Family, and School Budgets Discussed

One thing is for certain, if you have a special needs child, education is very important, and it is of major concern. There is lots of information online about special education; research, reports, and data, but there are also many articles online about how this is affecting school budgets too. Consider if you will the near epidemic levels of kids born with autism, and how this is affecting our schools, we are challenged with staffing, costs, and the incredible needs of each student.

It is unfortunate that in such an economically powerful nation that we are having such a difficult time rising to the occasion. It is also unfortunate that many parents and families cannot afford the extreme costs associated with a special needs child. There are kids with emotional and behavioral disorders, which need special curriculums, and there are more than enough ideas, products and experience to solve these challenges, but it all costs money.

Indeed, we are making headway with special needs students in assisting them with their learning difficulties in schools, but we need to as a society realize that how we act, and the decisions we make in this regard says a whole lot about who we are as a people, and as a nation. Although we have Federal Laws considering giving special needs students the estimated appropriate education, we also have local school district constraints, and we’ve also got the lawyers involved, costing the system, and families even more money.

Something has to give because the regular students are having their classroom budget cuts also, and there just isn’t enough money to go around anymore. This is a very serious issue, unfortunately it is an ethical one, that we are not addressing. Thus, I thought you should know, perhaps put some thinking to it. You see, I’ve been talking with parents of special kids, wrote an eBook on how to do an Autism Fundraiser, and have been in touch with parent groups – let me tell you, these are serious concerns. We are all effected.

Knowing the ABC’s of Behavior Can Benefit Your Child in Special Education

Does your child with autism or another disability have difficulty with their behavior at school? Are you trying to figure out why your child is misbehaving at school? This article will introduce you to the ABC’s of behavior. It is the first place to start, in trying to figure out why your child has behavioral difficulty.

The process for figuring out what the behavior is and what to do about it involves 6 steps:
Step 1. Determination of what the behavior is.
Step 2. Finding out what the ABC’s of behavior are.
Step 3. Conducting a appropriately performed functional behavioral assessment (FBA), to determine what function the behavior has for your child.
Step 4. Consider the use of Positive Behavioral supports.
Step 5. Use the hypothesis from the FBA to develop a positive behavior plan.
Step 6: Reviewing the positive behavioral plan to see if it is working, and change if necessary.

This article will discuss step one and step two; determining what the behavior is and finding out what the ABC’s of behavior are.

Before step three can be done, you and special education personnel must understand what the behavior is that your child is having. The behaviors need to be defined in concrete terms that are simple to measure, and should be included in your child’s individual educational plan (IEP).

For Example: Mary hits children while at recess, when she does not get her own way. Johnny makes animal sounds in class when his teacher is paying attention to other students.

The ABC’s of behavior are;
A. Stands for antecedent: Which is what is occurring in the environment before the behavior happens?
B. Stands for behavior: Specifically what the behavior is
C. Stands for Consequences of the behavior: What happens in the environment or to the child because of the behavior.

In the above examples the ABC’s for Mary and Johnny are listed below:

Mary;
A. Mary is at recess, playing with other children
B. Mary hits other children when she does not get her own way. If another child picks the game, if she wants a ball that is being used by another child etc.
C. The children usually give in to her and give her what she wants. If the teacher sees it she has to sit down for the rest of recess.

Johnny;
A. Johnny’s class is doing individual work, and Johnny’s teacher is helping another child.
B. Johnny starts making animal sounds.
C. Johnny’s teacher comes over to him

If your child is having negative behavior at school, ask special education personnel to track the behavior for several days or a week, using the ABC’s of behavior. This will help you and school personnel be prepared for the next step which is conducting a functional behavioral assessment, to determine what your child is receiving from the behavior.

Could Accommodations Or Modifications Benefit Your Child in Special Education!

Do you wonder if an accommodation could help your child with dyslexia or another learning disability? Have you heard about modifications and wonder if they could help your child with autism, learn how to read? This article will discuss accommodations and modifications for children with a disability, who receive special education services.

Accommodations for testing or for academics are defined as helping a student be able to participate, in testing or academics. The type of accommodations, depend on the child’s disability and educational needs. Below will be discussed accommodations that are available to be used, though this list is not exhaustive!

Modifications for testing or for academics are defined as, changing the test or academics, so that the child with a disability can participate in the testing or academics. Below will be discussed types of modifications that can be used.

Modifications:
1. The curriculum can be modified so that the child with a disability can participate in academics. For Example: If a child is in 2nd grade the reading curriculum may be modified to help a child learn to read that is reading below grade level.

2. The expectations can be modified if a child cannot reach the same level as the children in their class or grade.

3. Instead of regular district and state wide testing, the testing could be an alternative type of testing or reliance on a portfolio.

4. Use a different spelling list than the list that the class is using.

Accommodations:

1. Directions read aloud and repeated.

2. Large Print Version of Test

3. Point to answers on a test, give oral answers (good accommodation for children with Dysgraphia-inability to write), or tape record answers.

4. Use computer for assignments or tests. (also good for children with Dysgraphia).

5. Take test in another room 1-1. (good accommodation for a child with attention difficulties).

6. Extended time on testing and assignments.

7. Test taking over several days (good accommodation for a child with ADHD).

8. Seat student in quiet area or near a study buddy.

9. Shorten assignments and reduce homework.

10. Increase immediacy of rewards.

11. Allow student to stand at times while working.

12. Allow use of a calculator for Math.

13. Send daily/weekly progress reports home.

14. Praise compliant behavior and give immediate feedback for good behavior.

Making Sure No Child is Left Behind – Education Law Degree

Recommend Article Article Comments While I do not have a law degree, working in education has allowed me to cross paths with education lawyers on numerous occasions. I found the issues they deal with on a daily basis to be both noble and challenging.

What is Education Law?

Education law deals with schools, school systems and school boards charged with educating children. It is a branch of civil law that encompasses the laws and regulations that govern federal and state education, administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics and education programs, methods and materials.

What do Education Lawyers do?

Education lawyers work very closely with school faculty, staff, students and administration. They spend their time going over issues such as discipline, suspension, expulsion and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex and disability. Additionally, education lawyer’s deal with questions related to school attendance, authority, civil rights, dress codes, drugs, disability, home schooling, immigrant visas, medical requirements, sexual harassment, and special education rights. As you can see, the span of topics coming across the desk of an education lawyer is impressive.

Careers in Education Law

Given that the span of topic covered by this area of the law is quite broad, so are the career opportunities. With an education law degree you could represent post-secondary educational institutions and institutions of higher learning in a number of different matters. Your clients could include a number of colleges, universities as well as school districts.

While representing these education institutions you would work on issues involving discrimination, disability, financial aid, and accreditation and licensing issues facing schools, staff and teachers/professors. Additionally, you could represent individuals, parents or students as well as teachers, professor and school employees on similar issues.

Job Outlook

Education law, and the lawyers that practice it, will continue to be a part of the education system. They are a necessity tasked with ensuring that every student has a fair and equal access to education.

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, employment of lawyers is expected to grow 11% during 2006-2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The increased demands for legal services will result in increased job opportunities. However, due to a large number of students graduating from law school, competition for jobs is quite intense. Those with strong academic records will have the best job opportunities.

The Many Benefits of Online Education

Honestly, online education has become increasingly popular at colleges and universities in the past few years because of the improved access that it provides students. Online education refers to courses where at least 80 percent of content is distributed online. Students send assignments online and often participate in chat discussions or message boards that pertain to the course subject.

However, while no face to face interaction is found in online degree programs, students are still able to communicate with each other through their computers. A growing number of physical universities, as well as newer online colleges, have begun to offer a select set of academic degree and certificate programs via the Internet at a wide range of levels and in a wide range of disciplines.

While some programs require students to attend some campus classes or orientations, many are delivered completely online. In addition, several universities offer online student support services, such as online advising and registration, counseling, online textbook purchase, student governments and student newspapers. The benefits of online education includes, the ability to earn the same degree as an in class student, study at your own pace, convenience student resource center.

Education

Nevertheless, in higher education especially, the increasing tendency is to create a virtual learning environment which is sometimes combined with a management information system to create a managed learning environment in which all aspects of a course are handled through a consistent user interface standard throughout the institution. E-Learning can also refer to educational web sites such as those offering learning scenarios, worksheets and interactive exercises for children. E-learning services have evolved since computers were first used in education.

The main goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope develop evaluation crite. Online learning can be a convenient way of getting your education but its not for everybody. Make sure to find out how much your education is going to cost before enrolling. Most colleges and universities now offer online learning also called distance education.

Request free information about online teaching preparation programs and online education degrees from some of the most respected schools and colleges of education in your country. These highly respected education schools offer accredited education degrees and teaching preparation programs, delivered in a convenient online format. The internet has revolutionized education as we know it and now it is possible to earn a GED, BA, MA and even a PhD virtually without leaving your home and many other degrees are available with online education.

However, the internet has made online education possible in virtually every discipline and for any kind of student. Homework can be handed in electronically and lectures can be watched by downloading video files, online education can replicate the classroom experience and give the student the opportunity to earn a degree while working around job and family responsibilities. Online education is now available for almost every kind of degree.

It has made it possible to find a good school anywhere in the world but some people may need learning institutions close to them because they may want to visit the campus, use the library facilities, get to know other students face to face or take occasional exams which are proctored on campus. However, online education is more characterized by writing than by exams, simply because students who are located all over the world can not take proctored exams.

Learning

E-learning is naturally suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but can also be used in conjunction with face to face teaching, in which case the term blended learning is commonly used. It can also refer to educational web sites such as those offering learning scenarios, worksheets and interactive exercises for children. There is a trend to move toward blended learning services, where computer based activities are integrated with practical or classroom based situations.

This idea is generally seen as being distinct from the use of computers in ways where learning is at least a peripheral element of the experience. Much effort has been put into the technical reuse of electronically based teaching materials and in particular creating or reusing learning objects.

What Kind of Career Will I Have With an Online Education Degree?

While having an education degree is valuable in traditional areas such as elementary, middle, and high schools, you can also get a job in other fields with an online education degree. People with education degrees work in many different places, such colleges and universities, libraries, and hospitals.

Online education degrees provide the knowledge and training that all teachers need to make a positive contribution to the organizations they work for. Keep in mind that this is a broad overview, and that a more specialized degree, such as a Masters degree in Special Education, goes more in-depth.

Every year, more than one million college graduates enter the workforce. This means that every single person hunting for a job faces stiff competition from other grads. People who have their online education degrees have the competitive advantage over people who don’t have an education degree. They obtained the education needed to meet employers’ expectations: they have an established knowledge of educational concepts.

Education degrees will prepare you for entry-level careers in education, such as elementary, middle, or high school teaching positions. If you are already in the workforce, then an education degree can help you advance your career. If you are thinking about a career change, then getting your online education degree can help with that as well.

People with online education degrees have jobs in many different areas. The need for qualified educators is growing, and schools around the world are snatching them up as fast as they can. If you have a passion for helping people learn, then you will find a job with a degree in education.

Some examples of employers who hire people with their online education degrees include:

  • Elementary, Middle and High Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Churches
  • Consulting Firms
  • Day Care Centers
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Preschools

You’re probably wondering “what are some of the specific jobs people with online education degrees have?” In reality, there are too many to name, but some examples are:

  • Child Care Administrator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Athletic Coach
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Professional Tutor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Many people also choose to continue on to graduate school. In order to have a career in administration in an educational setting, a Master’s degree is a must. Some grads go to graduate school right after receiving their education degrees, but many more choose to work for a few years first. Either way, getting your Master’s degree in education is a great way to ensure a long and lucrative career.

Get the Career You Want Through Online Education

Are you working in your dreamed career field? If you are one of those who can’ made your dreamed career comes true, online education will be your best path to earn a career degree to enter a career field that was your career goal when you were at college. With the available of online education programs, going back to study is easier than ever, you can even do it without the need to quit your current job or affecting your family and social commitments.

With the growing trend of online education programs, you can find almost any career related online courses offered by accredited online schools. Many of these online education programs are designed for working adults who want to earn a certification or degree in their area of interest without having to stop life on its course. The key elements that make online education the best option for working individuals are flexible learning environment and remote log on to the online classes from any location have made easy for working adults to go for study in their favorite subjects while maintaining their current job and lifestyle.

Here are a few steps to find an online education program that meets your career goals:

1. Identify Education Requirements

Before you start searching for an online education program, you need to identify what are the education requirements in order for you to get the career you want. For example, if you want to become an accountant, you need to earn at least of bachelor or master’s degree in finance; and you may need to have a forensic accounting degree if you want to become a forensic accountant. Then, identify the level of degree you want to pursue, such as bachelor, master or PhD.

2. Search For Online Education Programs

Once you know what type of online education programs to look for, search for a list of online education programs offered by various accredited online schools that meet your goals. Usually, you will find many similar online education programs offered by different online schools. You may need to short list them with a few criteria such as the school reputation, program cost, and the courses of the online education programs that best fit your needs.

3. Request Information From Online Schools

The information about the online education programs found at the school’s website may not be detailed enough for you to make your decision. Hence, you should request the schools to send you the details information about the education programs so that you can review and compare them before you make any decision. Most online schools are providing free information packs on their education programs, what you need to do is fill up a simple form to let the schools know what type of online education programs you are interested in and where to send you those information.

4. Apply For Admission & Earn The Degree

Once your have decided an online education program to go for, admission application is simple and it can be done online. You need to fulfill all the admission requirements in order to be accepted by the online school. Then, you should work hard and smart to complete the program to earn the degree that is required to make a career switch.