Dr. Zaf Khan

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

One of the primary roles of special education teachers is helping regular educators make accommodations and modifications so that students with special needs can function in the least restrictive environment. Though most special educators seamlessly accommodate, modify, and adapt, it is difficult for many regular teachers to get a handle on what these terms mean and how to implement them. Participants will learn step-by-step how to modify and adapt instructional content for the struggling learner.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CDT

Formative assessment is an important step in the teaching and learning process. The background and content knowledge students and teachers share influences how students understand the materials, lessons, and learning opportunities you provide. Unless you check for understanding, it is difficult to know what students are getting out of the lesson. Participants will come to understand that the faulty notion, “I taught it, therefore they got it” can hinder student achievement.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Inclusion is more than physical presence in the classroom and is nothing more than good teaching for all students. Students learn when they actively participate in the academic lessons and interact with others. This presentation will provide specific strategies to create a meaningful and inclusive learning environment. The core business of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms is for teachers to become designers of learning for meaningful student engagement.

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Tiered instruction is a "user friendly" approach to addressing different readiness levels, interests and student profiles. By keeping the focus of the activity the same, but providing routes of access at varying degrees of difficulty, each student: (1) comes away with pivotal skills and understanding, and (2) is appropriately challenged. This worksop identifies the key steps of tiered instruction.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CST

Participants will learn proven strategies for matching instructional approaches to the readiness, interests and talents of all students. These approaches include problem-based learning, providing "scaffolds" for lesson content, and analyzing the procedures used in learning and the products of learning. Participants will watch short video clips of Tennessee teachers who are successfully practicing these differentiated instructional strategies in their classrooms after attending a TNDOE-sponsored differentiated instruction camp at MTSU.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm CDT

Technology and Web 2.0 tools allow teachers to accommodate and reach those students with learning differences. We do a great disservice to our students with different learning styles when we withhold readily available tools from our instructional technology tool kit. These Web 2.0 tools will provide the opportunity to differentiate instruction in a number of ways to accommodate all types of learners. The presenter will showcase over thirty Web 2.0 websites to enhance differentiated instruction teaching practices.

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