Special Education and Differentiated Learning At Terakki Private School …
Special Education and Differentiated Learning At Terakki Private School
5th Grade Classroom
Identifying and Observing:
1) Pay close and careful attention to students who exhibit the following:
low self-esteem and exclamations of "I can't do it'.
constant attention seeking behavior
no motivation to learn/no belief in positive outcomes
comprehension problems: oral instruction, reading, listening, spelling, number recognition, etc.
3) Share Observations:
Meet with other teachers and share information. Maybe the student excels in other subjects. This can identify what type of learning difficulty there is.
4) Compare Information:
After making observations, and sharing with other teachers, compare the information, Is it the same? Is it different? Is there new information learned that can offer insight?
Perform formative or diagnostic tests to see how the student compares with the class, or how the student comprehends certain subjects
Vary assessments in terms of auditory/visual/ or sesnory activities to see how a student reacts to different styles
2) Meet with School Counselor to Share Observations
5) Meet with School Counselor to Share observations
Meetings with Administration:
1) School Counselor
Meet with the school Counselor again to discuss what you have been observing.
Wait for the Counselor's feedback and ideas of approach.
Decide on the next step to be taken together as a team.
Have the counselor come and observe the student in your classroom and his interactions with other students
Together with the Counselor, meet with the Vice Principal and Principal to discuss the best way to move forward.
Follow the procedure for how to involve the parents, being careful to back up your feelings with your observations
Inform other teachers of the meeting and what consensus was agreed upon.
According to what was decided in the Principals' meeting, contact the parents
Have the support of the School Counselor ready and available.
Devise a way to work together with the parents to continue observing their child and to come up with a plan for both the school and home.
Establishing a routine is key (in home and at school)
Implementation and Strategies:
1) Meet with the School Counselor again to devise a plan and schedule for the student
2) Types of Plans Include:
4) Group work charts with weekly rotations, helping the student to socialize and also to be paired with students skilled in stronger areas so they can help and collaborate.
5) One-on-one tutoring or personalized instruction from the teacher when available. Possibly the student can be taken out of other lessons to work one-on-one with the teacher in the areas he/she is struggling.
3) Planned breaks scheduled within lessons. After every task activity the student can have a small break for example.
2) Lists of Goals with a date/ time frame set in mind for the students to visually see and be aware of their progress.
1) Behavior Charts to be monitored and checked after the completion of each class/ lesson.
6) Alternative Tasks/ Assignments: Sometimes the teacher may determine that the students can choose variations of the same task to give the same outcome but by using different methods to play to their strengths.
3) Differntaition Techniques to Implement:
Use Visuals In the Classroom
Write on the board as well as give oral insruction
Group Students and use pairings or weaker-stronger or with mixed skill sets
Try to have 'multi-sensory' activities: listening, visual and artistic, craft based and creation, and using movement.
Use technology whenever available
Use Assessments that are not just exams/ multiple choice.
4) Give Priase and Positive feedback
Continuously check back with the Counselor and School Administrators/ Parents (if they wish)/ other teachers