Comments

“Thank you, Denise, for an excellent, challenging and thought-provoking course. It has been by far the most relevant to my teaching, ever. You did not only simulate a real classroom, you made it better. I could not have gotten more insight from a teacher or other students through any other medium. I am not only a fan of yours, but of well-planned and well-taught on-line courses…. Thank you for all the feedback…. I will miss checking in to see what you and the rest of my classmates think, experience and feel.”
Karen
First Grade Sheltered English
Former High School Teacher

“My school seriously needs to take your class… This was the most valuable class I have taken in all the years of credential classes.  I learned so much… I see how I can help struggling learners and challenge my gifted learners more…. I enjoyed our discussions, the information and the sharing… It is wonderful to have gained new insights and knowledge into my profession and have learned from other teachers sharing their insights and struggles. Thank You!”
Laura
4th grade GATE teacher, CA

“I have taken many regular classes and I have never communicated as much with my peers or with the teacher as much as I have during these six weeks [online]… I have had such a positive experience, and I thank you for that Ms. Herrenbruck.  As a teacher in higher education myself, I really think you did an outstanding job! I hope I get the opportunity to take a class with you again…I can’t get over how much valuable information I am taking with me…. I really have such a new insight on teaching children with special needs. Thank you much,”
Gina
K-3 and Special Needs, CA

“I cannot tell you what a difference this class has made for me! … I am not only more confident, but enthusiastic… I have added important new techniques to my repertoire of teaching strategies.”
Denise
Grade 6 Teacher, CA

“Denise, you are a true expert teacher.  I have not had a class like this in a long time, where the teacher is genuinely passionate and so knowledgeable about the subject matter.  You have been so attentive and addressed all the concerns of everyone in the class.  I am so very impressed by you.  You have inspired me to be a better teacher.”
Dianne
Grade 2 Teacher, CA

“I am amazed of how my view of exceptional learners has changed. I am no longer scared or intimidated by them. I have gained more insight, which has given me more understanding and patience. Not only will I feel they have the ability to be successful in my classroom, I know I will be successful too.”
Carrie
High School Ceramics Teacher, CA

“I look forward to applying the material from this class to my exceptional learners.  Prior to starting this class, I was fearful of the idea of having students with impairments.  I’ve learned what steps are necessary to assess these learners and how to create effective lesson plans.  I feel prepared and informed and look forward to taking on new challenges.”
Suzanne F.

“There has been tons covered in this class and so many tools have been presented to take with us as this school year approaches… Professor, you are most amazing! ….you throw in all these real life tidbits that show how it’s all applied….”
Brendan D.
Spanish/Italian Teacher, CA

“This class has been an exceptional eye opener for me as a teacher. Throughout the course I’ve been so relieved to finally know all this information regarding exceptional learners… Understanding the legalities of special needs, the true framework of an IEP,… and all the intriguing and useful tips to identifying and assisting exceptional learners, has been invaluable to my teaching…  I feel empowered by a renewed responsibility to my students and a fresh perspective on their abilities and their individual learning needs.  This has been an incredible class — thank you!”
Gibsey
Elementary/Middle School Teacher, Australia

“Denise, your course has been extremely enlightening for me. I have learned so much… You and the rest of the class have prepared me well for my next IEP as well as my current exceptional learners.”
Kevin
Grade 3 Teacher, South Africa

“Your class was really helpful and I wish I had taken it long before my first IEP.  I will be more confident in the future.  The text you picked and the Tomlinson articles were really helpful… The various web sites and books I have jotted down from this class will be permanent fixtures in my personal library… I really appreciate your leadership… Your introduction and quick feedback helped nourish rapport as a class.”
Lynne
Elementary Teacher, PA

“Denise,  Just a quick note of thanks for the excellent manner in which you ran the course… I really enjoyed it–mostly thanks to the way you make it really relevant to what’s happening in the classroom…The mentor teacher I work with was really impressed with the [differentiated lesson] plan–I had the happy experience of crediting you and your online course for showing me how to write a lesson plan like that. Thanks and best of luck to you.
John
High School English Teacher, CA

“When I started this class I was unsure of my abilities… I was scared of being put in a situation where I had no experience. Now, after completing this class, doing the readings and chatting with so many of you I feel secure in my knowledge and abilities… I am so glad I chose to take this course — being able to read at my pace and do the work when I felt ready was very beneficial. But even more, the supportive comments I received from so many of you…”
Sara
Middle School Language Arts/TAG Teacher, Oregon

“I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge form this class, from Mrs. H., and from each of you. This class has already affected me greatly. I believe I can become a better teacher as I put into practice all the practical and influential information I have read. I now can support, pace, guide, connect, and enhance the different needs of all of my learners.”

“Feedback for Mrs. Herrenbruck: The class was excellent… I like how you differentiated the mid-term project by allowing us to choose the topic and work either alone or in groups. Also, you have the best on-line communication skills :-) I haven’t had a professor who greeted each on-line student and/or commented the way you do… Thank you – you are a great teacher.”
Rocio
Grade 6 Teacher

“I have a renewed sense of energy (in June!) :) and feel encouraged by everything we have learned in this class. Nothing is impossible! We can still teach according to our standards, differentiate, teach character, scholarship, and do arts and crafts! … I loved this course and feel encouraged by all of the heart and passion you all have for teaching.”
Paula
Grade 1 Teacher, CA

“I have loved the insight provided by this class… I feel that differentiating instruction, whether it be for special needs or multiple intelligences, is just good teaching!…. I look forward to the opportunity to practice inclusion in my classroom.”
Sofia
Grade 7 Teacher, CA

“This course has made me more aware of both practical devices and philosophical perspectives regarding the inclusion of special needs students and to view these differences not necessarily as differences from the norm but as the norm itself!! Thank you for the excellent selection of reading materials and such an interesting forum to discuss these issues.”
Linda
Student Teacher, CA

“I’ve appreciated the selections of readings for this course because some have really made me think about issues and philosophies, while others have been loaded with practical advice and tips I can use to improve my teaching. Thanks, Denise! And thank you, classmates, for sharing your varied experiences and insights.”
Sally
Middle School Science Teacher, CA

“I have learned a lot from this class! I’m looking forward to a new school year. I feel I am better equipped to support my special need students. I’m looking forward to collaborating with my grade level, other staff, and parents to ensure the best/most appropriate education for all my students.”
Cynthia
Grade 1 & 2 Teacher

“I want to let you know what a great experience you have made this class for me! … It was very well paced and not overwhelming… The information was very interesting and informative… I enjoyed the discussions… I was less inhibited to give my opinions online than in person… the group project went very smoothly… thank you for a positive experience…”
Teri
School Nurse, CA

“I have really enjoyed the class. Our discussions and readings on differentiation have really inspired me to deal with the perennial problem of not challenging gifted students and letting other exceptional students fall behind. I appreciated your quick responses to our postings.”
Kari
High School English Teacher & Dept Chair, CA

“This class has reinvigorated my desire to be a dynamic teacher.”
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erena
High School US History & Economics Teacher, Mexico

Have any of your opinions or feelings about teaching exceptional learners changed since the beginning of the course? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Before taking this course, I did not realize how many different kinds of exceptional learners there were. I have learned so much about different disabilities and all of the strategies to help these students learn. I feel so much more aware of things now, and I feel I can be a better teacher because of this.”
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eth
Elementary PE Teacher, CA

I feel that I have benefited greatly from the ideas and information presented in this class.  I enjoyed the discussions and feel that it was good to have some debate on the subjects presented.  I have had to re-think some opinions that have been strongly held and I am sure that this process will help me in my teaching. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express even divergent opinions and for supplying us with a wide range of articles and resources to pull back into our teaching.”
Kim
Grade 2 Teacher, CA

“I will keep my textbook and notes nearby this year.  What a great resource and a great course!”
Justin
Grade 4 Teacher, CA

“I have always had exceptional students in my class, whether GATE or RSP or ADHD… I found that this course has given me many tools to use in my teaching through the articles, text, and even through the discussion board… I’m more confident now and excited to put what I’ve learned from this class into practice. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with the huge scope of capabilities in my classroom, I feel more prepared to do my best for these students. Thanks for a wonderful class! :)”
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annah
Grade 2 Teacher, CA
www.HannahFord.com

I look forward to the new school year in a few weeks. I hope to implement all the new ideas I have learned from this class.”
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aimme
High School Math Teacher, CA

I feel much better about teaching students with special needs after taking this course. I definitely wish that I had taken this course prior to actually teaching. I am much more aware of the laws under IDEA now and understand IEPs and their purpose much better. I especially gained from learning about the needs of the gifted, because I will be teaching with GATE students in my class this upcoming year. Thanks for all the valuable information….”
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uzanne
Grade 6 Teacher, CA

The Tomlinson article emphasized a common theme throughout this course — we as teachers have to realize that there are different learners in each classroom and it is our responsibility to reach them all… Effective and high quality teaching is possible, even with the pressures of standard-based instruction. This class has definitely changed the way I think about teaching in a diverse classroom. I feel I am definitely much more prepared than before.”
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risten
Student Teacher, CA

I am entering my fourth year of teaching middle schoolers and am starting to get excited about the coming year…. Armed with this arsenal of knowledge and understanding about teaching exceptional learners, I know that I’m further along in my quest to consider myself an expert educator.”
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ob
Middle School Teacher, CA

With all of the strategies and information provided I feel like a new teacher again. Excited for the first days of school and the opportunity to make an impact on our future.”
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atrick
Music and PE Teacher, CA

This class has really come at the right time for me. This is my first year having children in my class on IEPs… I know now that I don’t have to be an expert on ALL special needs children, but I need to be an expert on those children in my care. I need to get to know each student and his family and work as a team to figure out the best situation for the particular child. I’ve become less afraid to make mistakes and have realized that I don’t have to know everything!! The textbook is a very good resource, as are the websites I’ve collected. Thank you Denise and everyone for sharing honestly and talking about their experiences. Good luck to everyone for a great rest of the year!”
Geneva
Kindergarten Teacher, CA

“One important thing I learned in this class is that I have been doing some things right just by going with my gut instincts on what will work with the kids. I cover all the modalities and allow ample opportunity for different learning levels and styles. However, because I have been “afraid” of special needs students (not knowing the proper way to handle their issues), I haven’t really seen them as individuals who can be successful in a regular ed. class. From now on, I will not shy away from them, in fact, will seek them out to find out what makes them tick and how to turn them on to science.”
Mary
High School Science Teacher

“This class has helped me understand several things. I feel more confident about taking part in SST and IEP meetings. I even volunteered to be part of an SST team this year. …. I also feel more comfortable about asking for help….I have always been a team player and now I realize that is important. I learned a lot of information that I can really use in my classroom to make it a better place for all my students, so thank you…”
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assandra
Grade 5 Teacher

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have come away from it much enlightened and changed. Thank you Denise for being so understanding with me… I will put what I have learned from this class to work, as soon as I am teaching again. :)”
Jeanette
Grade 4 Teacher / PE Teacher

“I have benefited considerably from the material in this course, and will continue to examine it more closely and leisurely over the years to come. I do wish it had been presented earlier in my teaching education… It’s been great reading about everyone else’s experiences. Oddly, as a kindergarten teacher reading about 12th grade literature, for example, I find myself interested in the prospect of teaching other ages/subjects one of these days…”
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hristine
Kindergarten Teacher, CA

I’m definitely grateful for taking this course. This course has cleared up a lot of questions I had regarding inclusion/mainstreaming issues and how it pertains to me as a secondary teacher. I found the textbook to be very helpful in this course and learned a lot of great strategies and techniques that I’ll be using. I also loved hearing about everyone’s past teaching experiences in the Discussion Board and how each individual went about resolving various issues that arose. I feel that using this new found knowledge can be spread throughout my upcoming teaching career… Thanks so much for the class…. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!”
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ason
Math Credential Candidate

I wish I had this class before I started teaching. Now I feel much more comfortable with the SST and IEP process and the important role that I play… I’ve enjoyed this class and learning from wonderful teachers from different districts. It was also really great to see what goes on in middle school and high school since that’s such foreign territory for me.”
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itzy
Grade 1 Teacher, CA

After all the reading and discussion, I feel more confident about dealing with differences, but also more comfortable asking for advice or help. Since I have taken this class and had questions about certain things, I have asked our school psychologist and resource teacher for advice and assistance. They have been great and have made me feel that I am doing what I need to do.”
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ynne
Grade 2 Teacher, CA

This class really opened my eyes and gave me the information I need to be a successful teacher to all students. The class really helped me change my opinion of students with special needs. Before this class I did not know what to do when I had a special needs student in my classroom. Now I know that there are so many resources out there to help and I do not have to do it alone. Also I know what students actually have special needs and how to classify them so they can get the help they need.”
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ichelle
Elementary Student Teacher/Sub, CA

I have enjoyed this class for many reasons. I loved the text. I appreciated the way the information was presented. I have enjoyed the exchange that took place at the “discussion board.” It was a convenient way to take a class since I (like many others) am working a full day. I appreciated the direction, support, and input given by Ms. Herrenbruck.”
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aren
High School Librarian, CA

I’ve learned so much in this course that is relevant to teaching. I’ve also become much more interested, and compassionate, about the subject… Thanks to our professor for opening up our minds to new possibilities.”
Shari
Social Studies Teacher, CA


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