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Excerpt from Chapter Eight:
Unraveling the Mystery of Modification/Accommodation
Many general education teachers in the public and non-public schools, who have no special education training, are expected to implement accommodations and modifications for students with special needs in the regular education classroom.
Many parents are hearing these terms for the first time. We will answer three questions which will aid the teachers and parents struggling with understanding accommodations and modifications:
1. What is a modification?
2. What is an accommodation?
3. What is the difference?
What is a modification?
Modifications place emphasis on the material by changing “what” the student is required to learn or produce.
You are modifying if you alter:
1. The instructional level
2. The content
3. The performance criteria
The focus is on “what” material needs to change.
A change in the final product the student submits
The elimination of items of an increasing level of difficulty
The education of the student using material on that student’s level
Remember that Modification begins with the letter “M” and Material begins with the letter “M” and if you turn the letter “M” upside down, you have the letter “W” which stands for What.
What is an accommodation?
Accommodations are strategies a teacher uses to show a student “how” to access the material to be learned.
The focus is on “how” the student will succeed.
- The student will sit in the front of the room
- The student will take the test orally
- The student will use manipulatives
Now, let’s look at the difference between modification and accommodation and let’s learn “The Magic Modification Question.” This is the secret to accommodating and modifying for ALL learns First, you…
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