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This book was written for general education teachers to read for resource guide to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.  They have examples of students with disabilities who struggle to achieve the general education curriculum and teaching suggestions to help these students to achieve the general education curriculum.  Disabilities student are not the only group that struggles with the general education curriculum, so some of the teaching suggestions will also help other groups of student to achieve the general education curriculum as well as those who already achieved.

In the book, they have four section and they are Addressing Learning Problems, Accessing General Education Curriculum, Assessing Learning, and Content Area Accommodations.  The book almost function as a handbook to make accommodations and adaptation hence the title of the book because it actually offers solutions to the problems teachers face in the classroom with students that have mild to moderate disabilities.  Addressing Learning Problems, they includes subsections on Concept Formation, Memory, Attention, Social Competence, and Motivation/Attribution that will help you as a teacher to pinpoint your issue/s with the student in order to find the appropriate fit to help them success in academic.  Accessing General Education Curriculum, they provided subsection on areas involving with how the curriculum can fit the disability student's academic goal.  In includes accessing curriculum and instruction, accessing printed material, learning information, remembering information, completing assignments, and working with others.  Assessing Learning helps the teacher to analyze whether the assessment is deemed appropriate for the students with mild to moderate disability and how can we create a fair assessment to meet the need of the accommodation and adaptation for their learning experience.  In the subsection, they explained the possible difficulties taking assessments, types of assessment, improving students' test-taking skill, and grading adaptations.  The last section, focusing on Content Area Accommodations focused on areas as such as reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.  

Although the handbook looks overwhelmed with many possibility to offer appropriate accommodations and adaptions, it aim to make you as a teacher more prepared and acknowledged if the situation arise to demand your professions to act according for the students with mild to moderate disabilities.  You can always go back to the handbook and seek for new ideas and solutions to experiment and hope to get a positive results for you and your students to achieve their academic goals.  In the handbook, there are also appendix with lesson plans relating to teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities concepts, behaviors, study skill, and taking the test.  They also have pages of graphs, tables, and figures to provide materials that you can use in your classroom.

Textbook reference

Carter, N.J., Prater, M.A., Dyches, T.T. 2009.  _What Every Teacher Should Know About: Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities.  _Pearson Education Inc.: Upper Saddle River, NJ

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