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Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of them. Comment on their discussion of the challenges of determining whether an ELL has a learning disability and what they would do if they suspected that one of their students might have a learning disability or was gifted. Make suggestions for other ways that the curriculum could be adapted to serve Ells with learning disabilities and gifted ELLs.
What kinds of disabilities might an ELL have?
“Disabilities are broadly classified as either low-incidence or high-incidence (Piper, T. (2015)”. These can range from mental retardation, blindness, cerebral palsy, other complicated health issues, as well as specific learning disabilities, speech/language impairments, emotional or behavioral disorders, as well as mild to moderate mental retardation (Piper, T. (2015).
-What are the challenges of determining whether an ELL has a learning ability or is gifted?
A gifted student may be mistaken as having a learning disability. A lot of times when gifted children are assessed for being gifted, it is the parent who has asked for the assessment. This does not happen quite as often with gifted ELL students. If a child has not mastered enough English then it makes it harder to pick out whether the child could be gifted or not.
-What kinds of interventions are used once an ELL has been identified as having a learning disability?
An RTI, which is used for students who may be “at risk”. Based on the information gathered from the RTI will decided whether more intervention needs to be done.
-What kinds of interventions are used once an ELL is determined to be gifted?
Teacher check lists, quota systems, alternative assessments, and nonverbal intelligence tests
-If you were teaching a class with some ELLs in it, what signals would you look for in the behavior or they ELLs to determine whether they might need to be tested for learning disabilities or being gifted?
Id look for how quickly they were learning and picking things up. It is going to be more obvious if the child has a low-incidence problem so id concentrate on high-incidence behaviors. I would look for how well a child comprehends what is being taught, for both disabilities and gifted children. I would pay attention to all areas of study such as reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
-How might you adapt your curriculum for an ELL student with a learning disability or who is gifted?
For a child with disabilities, I guess it would just depend on the disability. The lesson could be revamped and altered to help the child. Maybe an aid for the child would be appropriate in some situations as well. But it may be necessary to have a special lesson plan. A gifted child I feel like would definitely thrive from a special lesson plan as well. I would try to apply the gifted child more to make sure that they are not bored with the lessons that are being offered.
Piper, T. (2015). Language, learning, and culture: English language learning in today’s schools. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
- Posted: 4 years ago
- Due: 21/12/2015
- Budget: $3