Week Six Reflective Journal. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, defends the rights of individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice (Council for Exceptional Children, 2011). As such, they have established professional standards for teachers working in the field of special education. This course is strongly aligned with and focused specifically on developing knowledge and skills of Standard 5: Instructional Planning and Strategies (see below). In Week Six, the journal prompt asks you to reflect on your own professional progress in this area of expertise in working with students with disabilities.
CEC Initial Preparation Standard 5: Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities.
Key Elements you will focus on: 5.1: Beginning special education professionals consider an individual’s abilities, interests, learning environments, and cultural and linguistic factors in the selection, development and adaptation of learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.
5.2: Beginning special education professionals use technologies to support instructional assessment, planning, and delivery for students with exceptionalities.
Be sure to respond to all of the following prompts:
a. Describe your beliefs about teaching students with disabilities prior to this course. How have the readings, discussions, and assignments altered or informed your current beliefs, knowledge, and skills related to planning instruction for students with disabilities?
b. After reviewing CEC Standard 5 and its two key elements and completing this course, what are three identified areas of professional growth?
c. Based on your experience, current role in education, and/or future role in education, how might you apply these concepts to plan effective instruction for students with disabilities?