This course will provide participants with a snapshot of the priority focus areas to be considered when addressing the needs of students with disabilities and special needs. The course will provide understanding and strategies to engage students through adjusted planning, teaching and behaviour support. The relevant Disability Standards will be outlined to participants and ideas developed about how to adjust and accommodate teaching and learning programs, teaching strategies, behaviour management and assessment for diverse learners.
Completing a Teaching Students with Special Needs in Mainstream Classes course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 1.4.2, 1.5.2, 1.6.2, 2.3.2, 2.6.2, 3.1.2, 3.3.2, 4.3.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Current or early career teachers with limited experience catering for students with disabilities or special needs in mainstream classes.
The course will begin by outlining the Disability Standards 2005 and indicate the implications of those Standards for teacher practice. Work will then be done on the programming techniques best applied to meet these Standards. Issues of behaviour management will be comprehensively addressed both in general session and in sector-specific workshops. Identification of appropriate resources needed to deliver adaptive programs will be conducted and a session will also be devoted to working through scenarios, asking questions of presenters. An evaluation session will conclude the course.