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CONNECTIONS: BEST PRACTICES
"thing" is really a circle, isn't it? We ask our students to tell
us their goals. Then we work with our students to help them achieve one
of their goals - all the time trying to show them the connections to
their life. We try to approach things a step at a time, find success,
regroup, and move on to the next goal. Most importantly, we celebrate
the successes and acknowledge the failures as stepping stones to future
success. We help make the connection!
Earlier, MT LINCS had
noted that the Bridges to Practice information "just echoes best
practices that may be used with most
ABLE students." Let's take a
look at some other B2P thoughts.
Learning is a journey ... The journey begins with the formulation of
programs goals and objectives, then moves on to how instruction is
organized into units and lessons ...
Instructional plan development includes three major steps:
1. set realistic and attainable goals
2. break down goals into short-term objectives
3. transform short-term objectives into unit and lesson plans.
Bridges to Practice: A Research-based Guide for Literacy
Practitioners Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Guidebook 3, The Planning Process. NIFL, 1999, p. 23
Research on intervention practices has yielded
twelve characteristics of effective instruction, or LD-appropriate
instruction, for adults with learning disabilities ...
1. structured; 2. connected; 3. informative;
4. explicit; 5. direct; 6. scaffolded; 7. intensive; 8.
process-sensitive; 9. accommodating; 10. evaluated; 11.
generalizable; 12. enduring.
Bridges to Practice: A Research-based Guide
for Literacy Practitioners Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Guidebook 4, The Planning Process. NIFL, 1999, p. 41.
(Descriptions of the twelve techniques can be
found on p.42 - 49 of Book 4.)
In her book,
Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for
Teachers, Susan McShane also makes notes of some of the same
strategies listed above.
research reviews have a lot in common. Featured prominently are
references to sequencing of tasks, the need for explanation,
modeling and guided practice, and the importance of multiple
practice opportunities ...
Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First
Steps for Teachers (McShane, 2005,
When students achieve success, they learn what
strategies work best for themselves. Once again, good learning
strategies provide connections for success in all areas.
Website: If you do not have
access to a Bridges to Practice binder, click
here to access the Guidebooks. Check out the descriptions of
the 12 characteristics of effective instruction on p.41 in Book 4.
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