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October 29th, 2014

braum85 @ 12:44 pm: Изучение английского языка. Как добиться эффекта «Wow!»
Садясь за компьютер, слушая музыку, или просто идя в магазин – любой человек сталкивается с иностранными языками. Названия магазинов, брендов, новых товаров, книг и фильмов – все чащу от нас требуют знания второго или даже третьего языка. Но подобные неудобства существуют не только на обывательском уровне. Но если для простого гражданина незнание языков дает лишь ощущение дискомфорта, то для человека, имеющего отношение к бизнесу – это незнание подобно профессиональной дисквалификации.
Ключевым процессом развития сегодняшней экономики является прогрессирующая глобализация. Бизнес в России уже давно перестал быть локальным. И уже давно не стоят вопросы типа «необходимо ли учить языки?», «Нужны ли сотрудники со знанием иностранных языков?», «Сколько сотрудников в фирме должны владеть иностранными языками?». Вопрос сегодня есть только один: «Как наиболее дешево и качественно организовать обучение персонала иностранному языку?».
Методы обучения персонала
Поговорим про изучение английского языка, который наиболее востребован на сегодняшнем рынке. Логичным следствие подобной острой востребованности является множество способов и предложений по изучению языка. Сразу отметем самостоятельное изучение, даже за корпоративный счет. Как показывает практика, если язык нужен для профессионального общения, индивидуальные занятия, даже с носителем языка, не специализирующемся на бизнес-тематике, не могут дать необходимого уровня подготовки. Не забывайте, что ваш персонал должен изучать не столько иностранный язык, сколько язык профессионального общения. То есть, фактически, заново освоить всю систему мимики, жестов, пауз и убыстрений разговора, которой они, не задумываясь, пользуются при разговоре на родном языке, но полностью теряют при некачественном изучении английского языка, даже при роскошном словарном запасе.
Сегодня для профессионалов бизнеса есть лишь одно решение: курсы различных уровней, индивидуальные занятия и занятия в группах. Существует множество программ для изучения английского языка онлайн, но и здесь не стоит забывать о необходимых вам целях: не все школы изучения языков онлайн помогут достигнуть вам своих целей.
Последний вариант, необходимо признать, наиболее оптимален, как по качеству изучения, так и по стоимости.
Школа языков
Первая задача, которая стоит перед компанией, решившей начать обучение персонала в школе английского языка – определиться с уровнем обучающихся. Для кого-то уже необходимы курсы делового английского, для кого-то английского разговорного, для кого-то занятия с носителями языка, для кого-то изучения английского языка для начинающих или вовсе с нуля. А кому-то уже необходима подготовка к экзаменам TOEFL или IELTS.
«Репетитор по английскому», «английский с преподавателем» — именно с такого поискового запроса многие начинают поиск вариантов обучения языку. Но искать надо не преподавателя, а школу изучения английского языка, которая сможет предложить вам весь спектр услуг. Признак хорошей школы, видный сразу даже человеку, далекому от проблем обучения – широкий спектр предлагаемых услуг. Он должен заключать в себя и онлайн изучение английского языка, и обучение в офисе, и углубленное изучение, и обучение руководителей, и обучение специалистов, английский с носителем и просто английский с преподавателем. Чем шире спектр предлагаемых услуг – тем лучше школа. Второй признак качественной школы английского языка – отзывы реальных бизнесменов и менеджеров, прошедших в ней обучение. Потому что мерилом качества, в конечном итоге, служит только практика.

February 15th, 2012

needachange00 @ 08:32 pm: Future educator here!
I am in my third year of school for elementary education with a minor in special education and need some help with an interview. I have to interview any teacher and/or administration and have a few questions. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!


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March 14th, 2011

babydolleyez @ 02:31 pm: Hi, new member, I'm a prospective credential student who wants to teach special ed (local state college has a concurrent multiple subject and education specialist program), and I was wondering if anyone knows what the climate/trends are for special ed itself and employments in the SF bay area? I went to school in the area my whole K-12 life, but don't remember much about any programs (other than my elementary called it the "special day" program)

January 2nd, 2011

yeishlitikvah @ 11:05 am: Test Kits
I'm a special education one on one, in a preschool setting. My student's annual report is due.

I was given an option of using either the Brigance or the DAYSI as part of the annual report.

It's been a few years since I studied the intial bare bones, and while I can google I was curious is anyone had feedback or a preference.

Thank you



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December 9th, 2010

thewarmestblue @ 10:08 am: special education elementary
hello,

i have a background in art therapy, but i have been asked to interview for a special education elementary teaching position and i am looking for some interviewing tips. i have to create a 10-minute lesson plan and i'm not sure what to do yet. i feel like the term special education is broad, and i'm not sure how i should make the lesson plan any different than just an elementary lesson plan. any resources for special education elementary lesson plans? any tips, advice, lingo that i should use? what should i emphasize? thank you for your time!

October 13th, 2010

asienieizi @ 09:23 pm: Excuse me!
Lately I’ve been really irritated by people coming in the classroom and carrying on in a way they’d never do in a mainstream class.
I’ve got people walking in and sending and receiving cell phone calls in the middle of instruction time, people walking in to talk to one of my students without even so much as an “excuse me” to me or the class, and folks in general who seem to feel that in special ed , normal classroom courtesy doesn’t apply.
As you all know, we've got kids who are easily distracted by a fly so yes, it very much aggravates me when these incredibly rude people pull this stunt. The one today who did that was a student teacher who just walked in and began talking to my student about a test. She didn't acknowledge me in any way nor did she seem to care she'd interrupted our obvious instruction period.
Another repeat offender is the computer guy and once a Tier II support teacher did the same thing.

HELLO! MY KIDS ARE TRYING TO LEARN HERE!!

Is it just my school or does anyone else have this problem? What in the world is the matter with some people?
How did you deal with it? I put a sign up outside the door today in frustration, asking for the same amount of minimal consideration as would be expected in any other classroom but I have no idea if it's going to work or not.
Grrrrr.

September 17th, 2010

asienieizi @ 07:59 pm: May I blow your nose for you, Sir?
Sometimes the bone tired aspects of that first month of school can be a real blessing. Today on my way out for a much needed weekend, after a week that included such joys as having a student finger paint his feces on the bathroom walls, toilet, sink and floors, I got a message from a parent who wants to know if I’ll go out and meet him in the drive/drop off parking lot zone to get his daughter so he won’t have to get out of the car.
Now, at that exact particular time I’m standing outside in rain, shine, blistering hot or freezing cold getting my disabled kids off the bus, sorting them out from the 25 pre-schoolers who also ride the bus, hanging onto hands to keep some from darting out into the traffic, figuring out how to get two wheelchairs inside the building and hoping my worn key works so I won’t have to go around the side of the building without a sidewalk to get in.

And this guy wants personal valet service.

Had this not been “September”, and all that that month entails , I’d probably have stewed a bit about it. As it is, I broke into a fit of exhausted giggles which have yet to subside some 5 hours later.

September 5th, 2010

malimizu @ 02:21 pm: VI teachers?
Hi! I'm thinking about becoming a teacher for Visually Impaired students. I would love to speak to a current VI teacher who can tell me a bit about his or her experience. Any VI teachers out there?

Thanks!!

September 1st, 2010

michelle_renee @ 05:11 am: Need ideas for Short Stories/Novels for special ed ELA and Middle School and good writing prompts
I am up far too early!  Today is the first official day back.

I am teaching Language Arts in a resource room setting.    I have some really good ideas but right now I need some ideas for Novels and Short Stories to read.  I want my kids to LOVE reading.   My kids will be reading probably about the 3-5th grade reading level and will have some emotional issues and some ADD issues.   I will not struggle with management issues and I have 8 students.   One student is severely emotional impaired (struggles more with reality/abstract thinking/applied reasoning/problem solving but reads at a 12th grade level) and the others are lower readers and scattered.

My EI student is a concern.  Mom is a helicopter parent and is extremely involved with her son.   She is quick to get on the phone with administration if she feels her son is pushed the wrong direction.  (I wrote a science test last year for my caseload and she insisted he be given a test that was restricting true and false with no application questions because he could not handle or understand those types of questions)  

I have a feeling my class will be very tailored around this student.   Previous year, I have taught "Holes" in ELA and loved it.   I think I need a more mature book.
So what would have you them read?    Also - any good sources for writing prompts?

Just for others - ideas I have:
  • purchasing cheap cheap I-pods/usb drives so I can download individual novels down for kids. (want them to be flash drives so kids can save writing work)
  • Creating a writing resource note book.   Take a regular notebook divide it up into parts of speech, graphic organizers, literature topics etc  (This will serve as a textbook/manual for us)
  • Teaching via think alouds - looking at a picture and writing anything about it
  • Lots of quick writes
  • Daily editing assignments as a warm up
  • Doing a vocabulary tree BB or a parts of speech tree
  • Doing a BB of "This is who I am (kids bring in pictures) and this is my voice"  to teach authors voice and get them connected in the classroom
  • I would LOVE to do readers theatre but I do not think my EI kid will do it.
  • Article reviews from student magazines
  • Possible debating - take a pack of index cards, write topics on them, kids choose a topic and debate about it ie - we should have school uniforms /we should not.


August 25th, 2010

stress_kitten @ 05:21 pm: Resources for Autism
These books and resources were recommended by the consultants at POPARD (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders). Thought the list might be of interest to some of you.

You can also go to their website and access a whole bunch of e-learning modules and videos. http://www.autismoutreach.ca/

Cheers!

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August 11th, 2010

stress_kitten @ 09:33 pm: The iPad Potential
A very interesting read about the potential for children with autism (and other various learning disabilities, really) of the iPad (and the iPod touch).

I must admit, when I first heard about the iPad, my first thought was what a great resource it would be for kids on the spectrum.

Just think of how many specialized apps could be made, and be made available for so cheap, to children through the app store! (And how much crap could be uploaded as well, but, still...)

http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-08-11/news/ihelp-for-autism/

August 4th, 2010

stress_kitten @ 10:44 pm: Third of three article reviews for my Language Acquisition Course.
Lim, H. (2010) Effect of “developmental speech and language training through music” on speech production in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Music Therapy. Vol. 47. No. 1. p.2-26.


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August 3rd, 2010

stress_kitten @ 09:26 pm: Second article for my end-of-course review...
Williams, D., & Jarrold, C. (2010). "Brief report: predicting inner speech use amongst children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): the roles of verbal ability and cognitive profile." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Vol. 40. p.907-913.

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stress_kitten @ 07:26 am: In case anyone is interested.
I have to review three articles for my Language Acquisition and Development course. It occurred to me that there may be people here who would be interested in the reviews. I'd say enjoy, but the articles made me read sentences like "In view of these multiple and potentially overlapping univariate predictors of ToM understanding, we used hierarchical multiple regression to further explore the relative importance of lexical language skill (i.e., vocabulary) versus syntactic
language skill (i.e., grammar) while controlling for chronological age and non-verbal ability."
so my ability to decipher what is "enjoyable" may be questionable.

I'm reasonably sure my review's in language that's a little easier on the brain. :-D

First Article:

Paynter, J., & Peterson, C. (2010). "Language and ToM development in autism versus Asperger syndrome: contrasting influences of syntactic versus lexical/semantic maturity." Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Vol. 4. p,377-385.


Cut because I care... Theory of Mind, for those who care to read the below, is the term used for our ability to understand perspectives other than our own... so children who have developed Theory of Mind, when shown a film of a girl putting a ball on a table, then it rolling off after she leaves the room, will say that she will look for the ball on the table when she comes back in, rather than the corner of the room where it rolled to.Collapse )

July 10th, 2010

stress_kitten @ 03:53 pm: Research Volunteers.
Hello all,

I'm doing some summer courses to finish my academic qualifications to teach Resource and one of my courses requires that I conduct research interviews with Early Childhood Educators who have had experience working with students with Autism.


Is there anyone here who would be willing to submit to a half-hour interview via either Skype or Ventrillo (or iChat if they're Mac-friendly :-D)? I'm looking specifically for preschool or kindergarten level and the interview questions will be focusing on socio-dramatic play during free-play time. I've found a couple of people locally, but it's summer time now, and that makes contacting appropriate sources difficult, since everyone is on their well-earned vacations. There's no need to be "experts", though at least a couple years of teaching experience would be preferable.

Thanks in advance!

x-posted to teaching

May 28th, 2010

ekaterinn @ 11:04 pm: Teaching a pre-school summer class
Crossposted from teaching, at the suggestion of the very helpful mandieleigh:

Hi, all. I'm teaching in my district's special ed summer program (ESYP) and I've been assigned a pre-school class. Five kids between the ages of 4 and 6, three not toilet trained, two autism diagnoses and one paraprofessional. My para has experience working with special needs kids this young, but I work with K-5 grade kids during the year.

I'm trying to figure out a routine for the class that would incorporate a circle time, centers, snack, toileting and a time for me to work with each kid one-on-one for some portion of the morning. I already know that establishing a stable schedule is very important! We go from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and that includes both breakfast and lunch, so I'm not sure how much instructional time I'll really have. Plus, each kid has 3-5 objectives that I need to address and collect data on. I'm also wondering about classroom management.

So I guess I'm asking for suggestions for a preschool routine and management for 5 special needs kids, if anyone has them. Suggestions for classroom setup (we'll have a restroom and the classroom is HUGE) would also be greatly appreciated!

January 8th, 2010

amy_in_pdx @ 09:55 pm: Reading Suggestions
Hi there! I want to be a special ed teacher but my life hit a couple bumps in the past few years so my education has been put on hold. While I'm putting my life back together, I'd like to continue learning about the art of teaching.
What are some good books to read?
What subjects would be good for me to look into?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

[x-posted to teaching  and teaching_autism ]

December 1st, 2009

agentrayevyn @ 03:22 pm: Probably a long shot...
Is anyone here a school counselor or a test coordinator? I need to interview someone for my assessment of instruction class, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to meet with a counselor or coordinator in person. Can I interview you if you are?

November 10th, 2009

asienieizi @ 09:36 pm: Behavioral ideas and exchange
I'm a special needs para for grades K-3 and would appreciate any insight into a child that began with me this year who has Angelman's Syndrome. She's a 5 year old girl with some pretty nasty habits to address. She hits everyone [teachers,classmates, speech & OT therapists] who come within arms reach, will spit on the teachers and paras, throws things across the room, kicks, throws herself down on the floor when she doesn't wish to do something and she'd rather wet or defecate in her pants rather than go potty voluntarily. She's even slammed a heavy door onto a teacher standing in the doorway. She enjoys blowing her nose onto herself for shock value and has at least once attempted to wipe it onto one of our Aide's face.
I kid you not:this angelic and beautiful child is a real terror.

I have had success with her when working one-on-one during the 1/2 hour block of time I have her, but since others work with her for rest of her 2 hours of daily school,she falls back into her negative behavior patterns with each person she works with. We're pretty sure she wants it known that she wants to work with me, but not only is that not possible; she needs to learn to work and behave with other people. Her peers have long since given up trying to make friends with her after getting punched in the face for their efforts.
We have tried re-directs, time-outs and positive reinforcement but not much improvement has occurred with this child since school began this Fall. My team and I are running out of ideas and would welcome any ideas, thoughts or similar experiences.

November 2nd, 2009

michelle_renee @ 12:28 pm: Organizing Files on Laptop - How would you go about it?
I need to organize my files - they are a mess and part of my professional growth is working on organization.  I am a special education teacher in middle school.  I have TONS of documents (modified tests, letters home, modified assignments, etc) and they are in like 15 + different places.   Yes - I know a mess!   The things you learn from first year to third year.  How would you go about organizing everything?

I want to eventually have 6 folders -one for each core, one for classroom management/start of school year, and one for communication with staff/parents.   I go between 3 machines (at least) and am in an online Masters program - so I have my work cut out.

Any tips?

September 8th, 2009

sciar @ 07:11 pm: Birth - 5 and other special education programs?
    First, I would like to apologize if this is an inappropriate post. If it is feel free to delete. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in psychology in April 2008. Then this past year I was part of the special education program at the school I  graduated from. The reason I chose to go into special education is because my older brother is cognitively impaired and attended a center based school. Ideally I would like to teach in a center based school for students with cognitive impairments or in a developmental kindergarten classroom also sometimes known as young fives. However, I have encountered some problems. After reflecting a bit this past summer I think I realized that they didn't really prepare me for student teaching

    I did not go to a public school growing up except for preschool and kindergarten so I didn't realize how different they really were because in the state I'm living in all teachers have to certified and teach to the same standards. Also, one of the heads of the undergraduate special education program said that one would manage students with cognitive impairments in a center based school in pretty much the same way one would manage a classroom of students with cognitive impairments in a regular public school. So I would like to know if any of you agree or disagree with this and why? 


   On another note I would like to know more about the birth -5 degree program where one would be able to teach kids from birth to kindergarten with or without special needs? It seems like a fairly new program since the only way I had heard of it was by browsing the web. I think that may be more up my ally. However, I don't  know if any school would still admit me because right now I have grade of I for my special education student teaching since I did not not complete it for various reasons (my state you  have to also be certified to teach regular elementary education, k-5 and I had never started my elementary education student teaching). I didn't  go into great detail as to how this school didn't prepare me for student teaching because there is more to it than what I have stated her. However, I would appreciate it if any of you could give me some suggestions or know of another way I can become a certified teacher. Thank you for your time, and I hope all of you have a successful school year.

August 31st, 2009

hillaroo @ 09:15 am: Student cheat sheet/condensed IEPs
Does anyone have a template for a condensed IEP or a "profile sheet" or something of that nature that you share with substitute teachers, regular ed teachers, etc. Hopefully it gives kind of a synopsis of needs and strategies, maybe some goals, things like that. I have used various templates in the past and am not feeling very satisfied with what I've got-- was wondering if anyone had anything they really loved?

August 30th, 2009

sleepygrl79 @ 02:50 pm: needing a little help
Hi Everyone!

I am currently in the credential program for mod/sever. I was wondering if there is a California RSP teacher in this community who would be willing to answer a few questions for me.

I'd really appreciate the help! Thanks in advance!

Nikki

August 16th, 2009

ekaterinn @ 05:49 pm: new school;getting-to-know-you
I posted some of this before in teaching, but since I teach special education, I thought I would see if anyone over here had any guidance.

So, in the infinite wisdom of the PTB of my district, I've been pulled from my school a whole WEEK after school has begun and placed at a new school. I teach mild/moderate (I was moved from my school because of low student numbers) and I will have a kindergartner, a 1st grader, 4 2nd graders and a 5th grader who will be coming for 30 minutes for math resource. Only one of the 2nd graders will be with me the whole day (except for reading block and science/social studies) and he's been diagnosed with autism, though pupil appraisal has his exceptionality as developmental delay.

Anyway, the point of all this is that I desperately need some getting-to-know-you activities and advice about how to deal with coming into a school after the year has started - I don't have any books, keys, master schedules; don't know if my computers work - you get the idea! (Also, I have a para for the first time - she seems really nice - but any ideas on developing a good working relationship would also be helpful).

August 11th, 2009

nytogagirl4life @ 07:55 pm: I just got hired as a self-contained autism classroom teacher. I will have 1st and 2nd graders. ANY information, lesson plans, help will do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 3rd, 2009

emerlyn @ 02:07 pm: New Teacher for students with Autism
Hi all!

I am an Elementary Teacher who was just hired for a 7/8th grade self-contained classroom for children with autism.. I have 10 students with 2 assistants. I am feeling REALLY anxious about it. Does anyone have any experience with middle school aged, self-contained classrooms for students with Autism??? ANYTHING would be appreciated!!

July 19th, 2009

amanda_ninja @ 08:32 pm: I was diagnosed with ADHD when i was five. Ever since then, i've been on such a courageous, long journey. I went from failing elementary school to a high-honor roll high school student. Because of this, I wanted to inspire people to expect more from themselves. I was thinking special education was the way to go. That being said, do you love your job?

July 17th, 2009

francisbmewbly @ 06:51 pm: Question for some homework I'm doing.
I've subbed a lot in Sped classes and they always have a chore or activity chart with pictures of the student it pertains to doing that chore or activity.  Do those have a specific name?
I thought maybe a variation on graphic organizers, but I'm not sure and don't want to use the wrong term.

July 7th, 2009

vintagegirlnh @ 08:40 pm: I know this is a community for teachers but...
I am trying to gain information on the School Psychology field. If this is completely inappropriate let me know and I'll delete asap. I posted in the Psych. community but the answers were limited so I'm hoping someone here may have some info. or can point me into the right direction. One program I'm contemplating (National University) is not NASP (National Association for School Psychologists) approved. It is accredited but is lacking this approval. I would be working in California, does anyone know how "bad" that is? Thanks for any help you can give me! I appreciate it!

cintachakra @ 07:03 am: Help Needed
Hi, I was wondering if anyone would be willing to let me interview them over email.  It will be short- maybe 10-20 questions.

I am looking for an inclusion teacher specifically.

This is for a class I am taking at Cal State East Bay.

Thank you very much!

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