Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Strategies and Tips for Students with Special Needs

Marcia Imbeau and Barbara Gartin offered numerous tips and strategies that classroom teachers can use to scaffold learning for special needs students. Instructional strategies such as RAFTs, tiered assignments, centers, and cubing can all be adjusted to provide appropriate challenges for students with special needs.

The following are some of the elements of a classroom environment that ensures support for the learning needs of students with special needs:

  • Promote acceptance and valuing of diversity in people and thoughts.
  • Provide quiet places (e.g., study carrels, loner seats, reading corners, headphone area).
  • Have well-established daily routines.
  • Use multiple signals and cues to prepare students for changes in activity.
  • Provide student assignments in a variety of ways (e.g., orally, posted on the board, written in assignment workbooks).
  • Use physical proximity and touch to help a student refocus.
  • Prevent difficulties by teaching appropriate behaviors.
  • Unclutter classrooms to allow students easy movement around the room.
How many of these elements do you incorporate in your classroom? Do you incorporate other elements to support students with special needs? Join the conversation.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomlinson talks about using DI to find kids who have fallen through the cracks in the January 2003 Education Update conference report. Read the free article "Finding Lost Children Through Differentiated Instruction" at www.ascd.org/newsletters, under the Education Update archives.

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