What Do Math and Special Educators Gain from the Course?
The comments are from course evaluations filled out
anonymously by participants in the course.
Relevant information and practical ideas
- "All the material was relevant and provided strategies you could actually
use with students."
- "Working on specific algebra pattern/expression problems... wasn't the
typical "here are the struggles of working with special needs kids”...
It gave specific SOLUTIONS to those types of word problems."
Deeper knowledge of mathematics and accessibility strategies
- "I liked having time to spend with my colleagues to discuss math,
learn new techniques, and plan lessons together. I liked that the course
instructors included Math and Special Ed teachers."
- " I truly appreciated the opportunity to DO some math… I
also liked the fact that we were able to see some math instruction in action
- the videos were quite good!"
Collaboration across disciplines
- "One of the benefits was having both math and special ed teachers in
the class together. It helped both of us see, and understand a little bit
better, the other person’s role."
- "I think the most valuable aspect of the class was to have us both there,
so we could talk about ideas as they came up and plan how we were going
to continue (and improve) our teaching for the rest of the year."
Strategies for the Classroom
- "These accessibility strategies helped all students, not just those on
- "I feel that I am more keenly aware of the disabilities affecting some
of my students."
- "The ideas and strategies can be used right away."
- "I am being much more thoughtful about planning accessibility to our
- "I am differentiating more based on my assessment of who needs continued
work with concrete or with representational vs. who is ready to move to