Working with special needs students is all about differentiation. When planning a lesson, a teacher
needs to make sure they are covering every learning level to know that every student is learning
The teacher needs to understand how to accommodate her students that have disabilities and also
to those that been to be challenged.
Know where all your students are in each subject.
Modify things when needed for different students.
Make sure the teacher teaches each lesson using the different types of learning styles (hands
on, writing, listening, or visual)
When doing group activities, group the students with a mixture of levels in each group so the lower
students can learn from the higher ones.
Be aware of the accommodations students have and have it ready for them, for example- if they
need a copy of the powerpoint, have it already printed off so they have it in front of them when the
teacher is teaching.
Patience is key with dealing with lower level students. It might take them a lot longer with the
Have extra activities ready in case the high students go through activities faster than the rest of the
class so they aren’t distracting.
Strategic network: Neural networks that control processes for
planning, executing, and monitoring your actions.
Inclusion: Educational approach to educating students with special
educational needs. This model allows the special ed students to spend the
majority of their time in the regulator ed classroom.
Assistive Technology: Any item, piece of equipment, or product system used
to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with
Least Restrictive Environment: Students with disabilities are given the
opportunity to be mixed in with regular students but still given the
accommodations they need.
Learning Disability: learning problems that slow down or make it very
difficult to understand new concepts. There is a wide range of disabilities.
Listening to audio books – the student follows along- helps
Talking calculators- helps children that have problems with
math or have trouble with their copying skills
Variable- speed tape recorders- helps students with reading
Speech Recognition- student talks into microphone and
words appear on the computer screen.
Word Q- predicts what the student is typing. Helps with
children that struggle with writing
Examples of Assistive/ Adaptive
McLeskey, James, Michael Rosenberg, and David
Westling. Inclusion. New Jersey: Pearson
Education, 2010. Print.