Curriculum modification can be applied to general classrooms in multiple ways in order to enhance learning potentialities for all students. Only when contextual factors and principles of successful modification are taken into consideration, and the modification is well designed to fulfill individual students’ needs determined through extensive analyses and assessment, does curriculum modification play a vital role to move students forward in their learning. Curriculum Modification | 32
Links to Learn More about Curriculum Modification Curriculum for Learning Disabled Students: More Than Just Textbooks and Workbooks The National Challenged Homeschoolers Association Network (NATHAN) supports this web site and this article was written by Dr. John Sutton. The article includes a traditional and modern definition of curriculum and argues that commercially produced educational products may not be appropriate for students with learning disabilities. Dr. Sutton provides many suggestions for how to approach selecting educational materials for home-schooled children and how to go about employing these materials to teach students with learning disabilities in a home school curriculum. Curriculum Modifications This link provides access to a wealth of information on working with students who are considered “special needs” because they are gifted. The links within this site provide information on the needs of gifted students and how they differ from other children in the classroom as well as suggestions for accommodating these students. Some links provide specific information and others provide the user with source information on a particular topic while additional links provide access to research on the topic. The home site is copyrighted by “Carolyn K,” and the site is called Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page. Key Attributes of Curriculum Modification This site provides an “at a glance” reference guide of information on the SAGE Program of the Framingham, MA public schools. It is a resource for educators working with students with special needs of giftedness. Modifying the Elementary Curriculum for Students of Special Needs: A List of Ideas This web page was written by Jan Demontigny from Farm Hill Elementary School in Middletown, CT. The article is a bullet point list of various curriculum modifications that Mrs. Demontigny has employed in her general education classroom to help students with disabilities. The list includes nine suggestions and an explanation for why they each assist students with disabilities in the general education classroom (article begins approximately 1/3 down the page). Students With Intellectual Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Teachers Developed by the Ministry of Education of British Columbia, Canada, this web site is an information resource. The ministry is dedicated to providing a high-quality education for children in Kindergarten to Grade 12 so they can develop their individual potential and Curriculum Modification | 33
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