Friday, May 09, 2008

Adapting Instruction

No two children learn at the same pace or in the same way. Some need lots of reinforcement; others "get it" immediately. Some read well; others get more from listening or from visuals. Some have trouble writing clearly, but express complex ideas in art or music.
Experienced teachers learn how to spot "what works" for each student and check to be sure that lessons contain activities and content that will connect for each student in the class. They also recognize that each student will require individual attention from time to time.
Adapting a classroom to accommodate a special education student is a very similar process, but the degree and scope of the adaptation may be more extensive. The underlying principle, though, remains the same. Here is a link to a page showing some of the adaptation strategies common in working with special education students.

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