“Special ed is just good teaching practices.” That’s according to Toby Karten, the guest on this episode of ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio. Alongside host Jusmar Maness, Karten looks at misconceptions about teaching students with special needs and offers classroom strategies for building on strengths. These strategies include validating the student apart from his or her given disability, and valuing breaks, be it through music, art, or dance.
Toby Karten is a staff developer, instructional coach, education consultant, inclusion specialist, and the author of Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs: How to Move Beyond Disability Labels in the Classroom. Jusmar Maness is principal of Balfour Elementary School in Asheboro, NC, and an ASCD Emerging Leader.
Listen to Building on Strengths: Strategies for Students with Special Needs on ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio.