Effectively Teaching and Supporting Non-Funded Students with Special Needs

Presented by: Rob O’Brien

Teacher PD Event Information: 6 Teacher PD Hours       

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The Australian Curriculum highlights the entitlement of all students to have access to enriching learning experiences at school. The Australian Curriculum also provides flexibility for teachers to take into account the different rates at which students with diverse learning needs develop (Version 2.0 p 14). Although there are specific criteria in order to access verification funding to support students with special learning needs, many students with learning difficulties or specific learning needs fail to meet verification criteria. These barriers to learning can be e.g. dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, speech / language disorders, dyspraxia, fine / gross motor difficulties, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and/or Central Auditory Processing Difficulties.

‘Ability grouping or streaming practice across Australia has in effect become policy by default! Ability grouping brings no overall gains to any schooling system.’ (EduResearch Matters 2014). ‘In Australia, there is a strong culture of streaming in schools even though it is detrimental to student achievement.’ (Melbourne Graduate School of Education 2016) This workshop will support classroom teachers and curriculum planners to develop an understanding of differentiation and use strategies that support the learning of all students. You will examine research on how streaming / ability grouping is not recommended and instead, how differentiation can be used in at least three levels in one classroom.

This workshop will support teachers, teacher aides and curriculum planners to identify a-typical students, examine barriers to learning and focus on practical strategies to support non-funded atypical students in classroom settings.

These strategies include:

  • Creating a student learning profile.
  • Differentiation of:
  • Content (Intent of curriculum content).
  • Process (what pedagogy).
  • Product (demonstration of learning).
  • Creating Individual Curriculum Plans (ICP).
  • Information Communication Learning Technology (ICLT).

Event Details:

  25th October, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites
73 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD

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  Target Audience - Teachers / Teacher Assistants Primary / Secondary -all levels.
  $306.90 GST Incl.

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About the Presenter

Rob O’Brien is an educational consultant who has taught in both primary and secondary settings in Queensland and NSW. He holds a B Teach (Major: Special Education & Literacy Development) and M Ed (Human Relations & Community Education). Rob has twelve years experience as a support teacher. He has been instrumental is creating cultural change regarding inclusion of students with diverse learning needs in secondary schools. Rob’s eight years in consultancy roles supported principals and teachers in all aspects of best practice inclusion of students with diverse learning abilities including disabilities, learning difficulties and gifted education.

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