USING HOPEFUL AND RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE
WHEN TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Words are powerful and important tools in shaping ideas, perceptions and attitudes. Consider your choice of language when talking about students with disabilities with school staff, parents, other students, and the students who have disabilities themselves. In many instances it may be unnecessary to refer to disabilities and may be more helpful to describe what the student needs, in the kind of everyday language you would use for any student.
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PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING
Books You Can Count On
A template with criteria for evaluating the potential of literature or book selections for supporting mathematics instruction and numeracy development.
Math and Literature Resources
A list of children’s literature selections with sample mathematics activities was created by Elk Island Public Schools as part of an AISI project.
A bibliography of children’s literature for supporting mathematics instruction and numeracy developemnt created by Gladys Sterenberg and Nancy Espetveidt, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, University of Alberta.
CREATING AND ADAPTING BOOKS
Digital Storytelling Tools
Below are suggestions of tools that both teachers and students can use to create books.
- Comic Life lets you create comics, picture albums, how-tos… and more!
- Various price options are available.
- This free easy-to-use creative story building tool captures your child’s voice and allows you to share what you have created with friends and family.
- This is a Microsoft application designed to create animated presentations using images and photographs.
- One of the Snack Tools is Flip Snack which allows you to convert PDF documents into a Flash page digital publication creating a ‘flip book’ for students to read.
Tips for Creating and Adapting Books
- Information is provided on copyright in Canada.
- Suggestions provided for creating adapted books for students with significant disabilities and communication difficulties.
- Ideas are presented for adapting books for students using various page fluffers.
- Ideas are presented for how students can create their own books.
*These online resources have been identified by pilot participants and other educators. They are for information only. Users are responsible for evaluating the content and appropriate use of the information.
DR. CAROLINE MUSSELWHITE
These 11 video clips and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities.
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities.
The video clips and learning guides were developed through a collaboration between Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium and Alberta Education.
- Good Literacy Instruction is Good for All Students [2:08]
- Creating Opportunities for Students to Explore and Understand Text [1:55]
- Symbols and Learning to Read [2:40]
- Choosing Words for the Classroom Word Wall [1:33]
- Importance of Repetition and Variety in Learning [1:11]
- Importance of Building Background Knowledge [2:39]
- Give both Reinforcement AND Informative Feedback [2:17]
- Knowing the Difference between Teaching and Testing Questions [1:52]
- The Art of Attributing Meaning to Student Attempts [2:13]
- Engaging Older Students [1:12]
- The Cost of Underestimating the Potential of Individual Students [1:41]
Download all Learning Guides here.
MATH: IT’S EVERYWHERE
Mathematics is everywhere; the revised program emphasizes the connections between mathematics and your life, both now and in the future. This video demonstrates life connections and shows how it prepares students for the skills they require for their post-secondary and career plans.
NUMERACY: A WORLD TO EXPLORE
This video explores numeracy in various contexts of daily life.