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.