• The lessons that I utilized in the last three chapters will be able to have accommodations made for the students that struggle in the classroom with ADHD, hearing problems and mild learning disabilities.• The lessons I used were – Chapter 3: Study of the solar and extra-solar bodies – Chapter 4: Our Group WebQuests – Chapter 5: Study of the history of NASA
• For the lessons that have been studied, the ADHD students can be helped in a number of ways. – Outlines can be given to the students to help them focus on the correct headings and allows the student to fill in information on their own1. – Breaking down lessons into manageable parts so that the student does not become overwhelmed. – Encourage the student to physically participate in class needs such as passing out materials2. – The teacher can try to be as animated as possible when teaching lesson so that the students can be engaged3.
The hearing impaired can be helped with the lesson parts of classes with assistive technology. Assistive Technology is any item or piece of equipment used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Some assistive technology that is available to help students in the classroom:• One-to-one communicators4- a system that has a microphone at the lecturer and this microphone projects into either a hearing aid or a headphone.• Computerized Speech Recognition5- Where the lecture that is occurring is translated into text for the hearing impaired student to read. Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software• With the NASA history program, a set of headphones can be utilized for the student to be able to focus the sound to their ears.
• With mild LD there can be simple accommodations that can be placed in the classroom for helping the students. With some of these accommodations, it can be beneficial for the whole class. – Accommodations are listed in six categories: Presentation, Response, Timing, Setting, Test Scheduling and other6. – These all help a teacher teach, respond, plan and administer tests and help the student focus. – For the mild learning disabilities, the students can be given things as simple as more time on a test or placing them in a slightly separate area of the classroom to help them avoid distractions. – Allowing breaks in the lecture and learning time. – Finally, this allows for teacher and student teamwork by the student helping develop their learning style. If the teacher can help the student in the way they learn, the student will feel more confident and competent in the classroom.
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