I really enjoyed this class. I've taken another course under this same instructor, and this is the main reason why I took this class. She is an outstanding teacher. She explains material well, gives lots of examples, and her homework assignments and quizzes are relevant to the material covered as well as the real world. Thank you!
This was an excellent course and I enjoyed learning the information that Sara presented. She has a love for the subject and it comes through to the students who are reading her lessons.
Loved the course! It was very helpful to have some activities that made me understand how students with certain disabilities would feel/complete school work, etc. I was able to apply what I was learning the next day in my classroom. Thank you so much!
I have been a special education teacher for 14 years and found this brief and well-organized course extremely useful. Sara Hardin does a great job of explaining and defining topics. Her strategies were well-presented, and I picked up many useful and practical ideas. I would take just about any course she taught. I am very impressed by her skills.
I recently completed the four years of education required to receive my teaching certification, but I felt there was something missing from my university experience. Although I completed two courses regarding special needs education, I still didn't feel confident about creating my own inclusive classroom. I learned more in this course than I did in my expensive university classes. So thank you very much. I appreciate the work of this instructor and the ideas behind this course. Bravo!
I highly recommend this course to anyone who works directly with students with disabilities. The instructor has a passion for working with special needs children as well as extensive experience and knowledge. The lessons were not only highly informative, but insightful...It gave me a better understanding of the kinds of challenges students with disabilities may face in the classroom as well as numerous strategies to enhance their learning...This course was definitely well worth my time and I am eager to apply more of what I learned to benefit my students with disabilities.
This is the 2nd class I've taken from Sara Hardin. She is just amazing and her classes are so insightful. I always walk away with so much I can take into the classroom. Her lessons are well thought out and reasonable in length. She is always one of the first teachers I search for!
I really enjoyed the course! I could somehow tell when I signed up that this is a very inspiring and caring teacher. I was not disappointed! I have taken a pause from teaching special ed but I am now inspired to resume it in some fashion or another. The course made me miss my teaching experience and also gave me new ideas. Thank you, Ms. Hardin.
This course was absolutely inspiring! Sara Hardin is knowledgeable about the subject matter to empower students with disabilities. She incorporated a lot of her experiences not only from her role as a teacher but also from her role as a mother. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot to help my students succeed. Thanks, Sara!
I loved this course! I am familiar with the terms, criteria, and processes, but was looking for practical application ideas and suggestions. I found them with this course. It felt like this course was written just for me and the students I currently have. I have been able to apply what I have learned right away. Thank you so much!
Course Code: tsd
Examine the growing numbers of children with special needs, and discuss ways you can set the stage for successful learning. Then, analyze the parts of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and learn how they impact your assignments, classroom environment, and testing procedures.
Explore the roles of the special education teacher and the paraprofessional. You will examine how guidance counselors, social workers, and school nurses can help you reach students with learning disabilities. Then, learn about the memory problems associated with LDs and identify strategies to make your lessons more memorable for every student.
Explore how learning disabilities often lead to speech problems and learn some simple tricks to boost your students’ communication skills. Then, discover what it’s like to have ADHD and learn ways to address the attention and organizational problems that can make schoolwork such a challenge for some students.
Learn how you can help students with these disabilities by focusing on both academic and adaptive skills. You will explore three great ideas for meshing math, reading, writing, and daily living skills in your lessons. Then, examine behavior disorders and discover the roots of problems like conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. You will learn three important tools for handling behavior problems: behavior contracts, functional behavioral assessments, and behavior intervention plans.
Explore three areas in which students with LDs need help: communication skills, social skills, and the ability to handle transitions. Then, learn how assistive technology—both high-tech and low-tech— can help students with learning disabilities triumph academically.
Learn “best practices” for teaching children with special needs and discover that many of these methods work for your entire class! You will also learn how to honestly evaluate students with LDs. Finally, you will focus on three big transitions our students make: from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to real life.
Working with special needs students became a passion for Sara Hardin in seventh grade, when she volunteered at a summer camp for physically disabled children. Their willingness to keep trying new things despite serious obstacles impressed her and inspired her to become a special educator. She has taught special education for nine years, mostly at the elementary level. She completed her master’s degree in special education in 2000.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.