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About me

I am 23 years old. I am currently working on a graduate degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology.I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children and teaching certificates in general and special education for grades one through six. I am a teacher for students with special needs in grades three through five.

My Topic/Purpose

My topic discusses strategies that can be used to help learners with emotional disturbances become better, more confident writers.

Needs Assessment

Instructional problem

Writing is a difficult task for a lot of students, especially those with emotional disturbances and needs. They lack the skills and confidence needed to be successful writers. Even with one on one attention, students often shut down because they cannot handle the task of writing emotionally.

What is to be learned

This course will assist the learner in briefly understanding emotional disturbances, what causes students with emotional needs to dread the writing process, and what strategies the learner can use to help their student to become a more successful writer.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

The Learners

The target audience for this course includes teachers of all students with emotional needs. This includes teachers in both the general and special education fields. This course will be directed towards educators of elementary-age students.

Instructional context

All instruction will take place online. The learner will participate in online activities that will facilitate their learning of the content. This includes content in the form of readings, videos, and/or activities.

Address the instructional problem/solution

The participants will have the opportunity to learn why students with emotional disturbances struggle with the writing process. Then, they will be able to discover strategies to use with their students. This will give them a better understanding of the causes of their students’ frustrations and how to assist them in developing their skills.

Performance Objectives

  • Learners will be able to define emotional disturbance.
  • Learners will be able to identify the reasons why students with emotional disturbances struggle with writing.
  • Learners will be able to understand strategies that can be used to help students with emotional disturbances to become more efficient writers.
  • Learners will be able to apply the strategies that they have learned through the creation of a lesson plan.

Task Analysis

Curriculum Map

References and Resources