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Is It Me, My Child, or the Text?
Should my child be tested for learning disabilities? Parents will learn how to distinguish between "normal" learning difficulties and those that result from genuine learning disabilities. Parents will learn how to investigate whether the learning problem lies within the curriculum, teaching approach, the child’s learning style, and motivation Judi will provide specific guidelines to help parents discover whether the learning struggles truly lie within the child. Parents will also learn the most significant warning signs that indicate the child needs testing and specialized help.
Powerful Study Tools and Alternative Assessments
Effective study tools are based on research and teacher experience. Workshop participants can become more effective teachers as they learn appropriate strategies, evidence-based approaches and appropriate assessments that can be applied to any ability level. Parents will discover how to teach study skills to enhance each child’s learning. Parents will learn to set clear learning expectations as an ongoing component of instruction so that studying becomes an integral part of the learning process. Parents will also learn to use alternatives to pencil and paper based teaching and assessment – without having to spend endless hours in lesson preparation!
Choosing and Using Curriculum
When teaching children with special needs, there are critical guidelines that must be considering before choosing curriculum that meets each child's needs. This workshop will address the practice of using "whole-year" packages for children who learn differently, and parents will learn how to adapt almost any curriculum to support the needs of each learner through modifying, adapting, and pacing instruction. (Available on this website and in the book "Teaching Your Special Needs Student" - for details see Home.)
Principles of Effective Instruction
This workshop will teach research-based strategies for teaching efficiently and effectively. Parents will learn some of the “power tools” for effective instruction, such as graphic organizers, scoring rubrics, and instructional technology. This workshop offers a condensed introduction to the best of university level "teacher preparation" classes! Judi will also share some examples found in the Bible of the instructional strategies God's used when teaching us of Himself and His ways.
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