All In: 18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms
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18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms
Released November 3, 2020
Schools must remain focused on the goal of inclusion, even when students are learning from home. Distance learning poses many obstacles, but it also offers unique opportunities. In some ways, classrooms are more accessible in this format; students can “enter” and “exit” online classes in ways that work best for them and take different types of breaks (e.g., stand to learn, shut off the camera) as needed. They can also respond to teacher questions and prompts in a variety of ways (e.g., verbally, by typing responses into chat boxes, by holding pictures or objects up to the webcam) and access lessons by listening, interacting with peers, or viewing related materials (e.g., teacher-created videos) asynchronously. Further, as you will see throughout this book, there is no shortage of ways students can connect to peers in virtual classrooms.
All In: 18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms is not an examination of all that is possible in e-learning. Rather, it is meant to be a guide and a starting point for discussion and planning, not only for teaching in virtual spaces but for considering how to bring the learning we acquire in this format back to face-to-face classrooms. This book features stories from parents, community members, administrators, and teachers, as well as tips for making inclusion work for students of all ages. Pick one idea or try them all. Read it, share it, and pass it on.
Universal Design Daily
365 Ways to Teach, Support & Challenge All Learners
If you are interested in learning more about universal design but finding the UDL guidelines or the entire concept of learning a new model overwhelming, this book is for you!
The UDL guidelines are complex, but implementing universal design for learning should not be. If you are unsure of how to “highlight patterns and critical features” in daily practice or “maximize generalization” in lessons, this book will help. Universal Design Daily translates the UDL principles, guidelines and checkpoints for you and provides 365 easy-to-implement ideas that are appropriate for elementary and secondary classrooms.
This user-friendly guide was created to help educators learn more about universal design by exploring the practices associated with it. The book features dozens of ideas for providing multiple methods of engagement (e.g., creating personalized learning plans, using movement/brain breaks, engaging in community building), multiple methods of action and expression (e.g., providing assessment choices, encouraging doodling, introducing assistive technology), and multiple methods of representation (e.g., teaching with powerful visuals, introducing films and podcasts, creating costumes).
Universal Design Daily also provides several suggestions to help teachers and teams “set up” for universally-designed curriculum, instruction, and learning environments. One section is dedicated to preparing students and learning spaces and one is focused on UDL-related professional development.
This second edition differs from the first in that all of the teaching ideas are organized around CAST’s (www.cast.org) Universal Design for Learning principles. There are ideas for every single guideline and checkpoint. This edition is also unique in that it includes new material including several suggestions for virtual classrooms and e-learning.
This book is designed to support any educator who may not have the time to spend hours on the web, attend a series of workshops, or read a multi-chapter book cover-to-cover in order to plan effective and appropriately challenging lessons for the students in his or her diverse classroom. With 365 ideas to explore, you can focus on just one idea per day, flip through the pages at your own pace, or read the entire book in one sitting. You can use the book as a tool for weekly inspiration or you can keep it on your desktop as a lesson-planning reference tool. No matter how you read it or use it, Universal Design Daily is sure to provide you with important universal design know-how and a wide range of creative and inspiring ideas for your diverse K-12 school or classroom.
30 Days to the Co-taught Classroom
How to Create an Amazing, Nearly Miraculous & Frankly Earth-Shattering Partnership in One Month or Less
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In 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom, authors Paula Kluth and Julie Causton will teach you all you need to know about collaboration in 30 days. Yes, you read that right! In just 30 days, they will introduce you to the information, competencies and habits you will need to become a great co-teaching partner. The authors will help you get to know your co-teacher, understand each of your roles, improve your planning and co-planning skills, expand the structures you use to teach and support students and even celebrate your accomplishments. Included in this remarkable book are:
- Tips, Ideas & Suggestions
- Chapter Reviews & “To Do” Items
- Worksheets to Help You Plan
- Templates to Copy & Use
- Teaching Practices You Will Love
- Print and Online Resource
Take just 30 days, and change your life — and the lives of all of your students!
Don’t We Already Do Inclusion
100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools
Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!
Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders including students and families. Learn tried and true techniques, as well as out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, shrinking the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.
Coaster lives in an animal shelter with many puppies (and a few kittens) who are looking for homes. All the pets know he will be the first of the bunch to be adopted. After all, he has a fine coat, floppy ears, and a shiny nose. Best of all, however, he has wheels— speedy, spin-y, and somewhat-squeaky wheels!When the people come, however, Coaster is not selected. Days pass and his “perfect person” does not appear. Coaster is so confused: How can everyone pass by such an amazing dog? Doesn’t anyone understand the wonder and beauty of wheels? If you are a dog lover or wheel aficionado (or both), this book is for you.
100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms
Differentiated instruction is simple and fun with this treasure trove of ready-to-use adaptations for grades K-12. All teachers-especially fans of Kluth & Danaher’s From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks-will love the 100 creative NEW ideas in this illustrated guide, perfect for meeting the learning needs of all students in inclusive classrooms. An effective, time-saving way to boost student skills in key areas such as literacy, math, organization, communication, and behavior, these research-based adaptations will strengthen and energize any curriculum.
100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Classrooms
This one-of-a-kind book proves that designing differentiated instruction can be simple and fun! Packed with creative adaptation ideas like fidget bags, doodle notes, and choice boards, this book gives K-12 educators 100 teacher-designed, kid-tested strategies they can use to meet the needs of all students in inclusive classrooms.
Everyone in the classroom will benefit from this timely, ultra-practical guidebook the go-to resource for any teacher who has ever had a doubt that differentiated instruction can be simple and fun!
Joyful Learning– 2nd Edition
Active and Collaborative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
Offering all students opportunities for successful learning experiences, this is ideal for K–12 inclusive classrooms and learners with a wide range of abilities, including cultural or linguistic differences. The authors present techniques for using differentiation, active learning, and personalized instruction that enable teachers to use sound teaching practices and engage students in discussion, debate, creative thinking, questioning, teamwork, and collaborative learning.
Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
A guide to understanding students with autism and including them fully in the classroom. Includes specific ideas for enhancing literacy; planning challenging, multidimensional lessons; supporting student behavior; connecting, communicating, and collaborating; fostering friendships; and adapting the physical environment.
A Professional Development Package for Teaching Students With Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
What if your school just said “yes” to inclusion?
How would students with and without autism benefit? How would you solve the challenges? What do great inclusive schools really look like? Paula Kluth has the answers and now they’re on one powerful DVD that will help make your school an inclusion success story.
Paula Kluth brings together more than a dozen of her colleagues for this complete …
15 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism
When learners with autism have deep, consuming fascinations—trains, triangles, basketballs, whales—teachers often wonder what to do. This concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students’ “obsessions”: as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning.
Based on the real-life event that inspired Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz’s bestselling Just Give Him the Whale!, this simple but powerful story introduces educators to one of the best, most effective inclusion strategies: using students fascinations to help them learn.
An ideal teaching tool, Pedro’s Whale will inspire educators to harness their students natural motivations. The engaging, full-color illustrations (by Justin Canha, a gifted artist on the autism spectrum) also make this book perfect for storytime, so all children can increase their sensitivity to peers with special needs and learning differences.
Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
This guidebook brings cutting-edge literacy concepts to special educators who are already familiar with autism but may not have specific training in teaching reading skills and is an essential “literacy meets autism” primer for general educators and reading specialists. For all readers, the book underscores the ways in which literacy can help every learner achieve a more fulfilling, rich, and inclusive academic life.
A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers
The newest edition to the Jossey-Bass Checklist series, this useful, accessible guide offers teachers and parents a better understanding of children on the autism spectrum and provides them with the kinds of support and intervention they need. Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics.
The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and helpful resources.
The first alphabet book created with children with autism in mind, A Is for All Aboard! is the perfect way to foster literacy using children’s fascinations. An ideal complement to Kluth & Chandler-Olcott’s A Land We Can Share. Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, this one-of-a-kind book is all about trains, one of the most popular interests of children with autism. Filled with vibrant, engaging, and uncluttered, art, the book is written for children of all reading levels, with vocabulary ranging from basic concepts (bridge) to special train jargon (idler car, monorail). Sure to captivate children with autism and any young train enthusiast this book will help kids of all ages improve their literacy skills as they learn the ABCs of one of their favorite topics. Complete with helpful teaching tips for educators and parents.
30 Innovative Ideas for the Inclusive Classroom
Co-authored with Dr. Patrick Schwarz, this is a collection of three micro-books that can be used as a reference for any general or special educator (or therapist, administrator, or parent). The ideas apply to teachers in any grade level who need to cover the curriculum but also want to personalize the educational experience for all students in their classrooms and make learning enjoyable. We include suggestions for positive behavior supports, effective collaboration, and differentiating instruction.