A column in Ed Week Teacher here by a former special education teacher, argues that good teachers work through the strengths of their students, esp. their children with special needs.
Good suggestions, but I don’t think they fit in with the way sped. students are being mainstreamed. The model my school—and most schools I know about—used was to make accommodations for sped. kids so they could “access the curriculum.”
The question then becomes this: Is it better for a student with a reading disability to listen to a class book on tape, or have a tutor walk him through it—or to give him a book he can enjoyably read on this own?
I’m a big believer that all children, and especially children with special needs, should be given work that they can largely complete on their own. That’s how real learning happens. And while I think the author of this column is going in that direction, I wish he were clearer.