ERIC Number: ED410730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-4
Communication: Teaching Middle Grades Exceptional Students To Become Self-Advocates.
Battle, Dorothy A.; Murphy, Sue C.
This paper presents guidelines for creating a collaborative approach for communication among teachers, parents, and students to plan for their transition toward further education or work in adult life and to become informed self-advocates. Guidelines for teachers are presented and include: (1) establishing a system that places the student at the center of the communication process; (2) using portfolios as a management system for monitoring student growth and progress; (3) helping students learn assessment and conference skills through the practice in the classroom; (4) conducting a conference where students present their portfolios to parents; (5) completing a post-conference reflection on new goals established in collaboration with teacher, parents, and student; (6) informing parents and students on a regular basis about the progress that is being made; (7) encouraging parents to participate in the education of their children as parent/community volunteers; and (8) actively encouraging parents and students to attend and participate in Individualized Education Program meetings. The guidelines describe communication techniques that ensure students are empowered and prepared for their future at the end of high school. A sample middle school daily report and weekly planner is attached. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (88th, San Antonio, TX, October 11-14, 1996).