Most of us have heard the saying, "Teaching is a lonely profession". Indeed, educators have long had a tradition of independently running their own classrooms; taking care of their own responsibilities without much input from others or interaction from other professionals. We sometimes blame the teachers, the school schedules or a lack of time for this isolationist modus operandus, but these things are not at the root of the issue from my perspective.
Nothing 'throws people for a loop' like an unexpected issue or conflict that arises during a meeting. Rather than being discombobulated or intimidated, learn to accept such instances as normal parts of collaboration and problem-solving processes. Facilitate conflicted discussions effectively, and you'll be in a good position to provide the leadership your teams need to make decisions that are truly centered on the needs of the students. Sounds easier said than done? Read on for 10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Collaboratively Facilitating Conflicted or Unexpected Discussions.
Online courses for students with disabilities are increasingly seen as a viable alternative to traditional instruction. Although virtual courses can be useful tools, they should not be considered a panacea for students who struggle in more typical learning situations. Before you decide to place a student in an online course, or as you determine what types of support the student will need to be successful in that course, consider the following: