Special Needs and Differentiation at QSI, Chengdu by Terry McAllister…
Special Needs and Differentiation at QSI, Chengdu
by Terry McAllister
Identify and Observe: Step 1
Meet with counselor and student's other teachers, Discuss any concerns and observations.
Assessments - Prepare formative and summative assessments. Analyze results against peers and standardized reading and writing levels.
Share concerns with school counselor. Show examples of work, devise a plan and possible strategies of how to move forward.
Ask other teachers if they have any concerns!
1, Students that struggle in class may:
keep making the same mistakes
bad attitude toward work
visual learners: focus using eyes rather than listening
continually lose things
fall asleep in class
confuses letters B and D and other letters
show no improvement after considerable differentiation of content studied
Meet With Administration: Step 2
Call a meeting with the student's parents. The school's administration will be present - Principal, Director of Instruction, and School Conselor.
Discuss a plan and further action with the student's parents consent..
Meet with the Principal. Talk about how we can individualize a plan to help the student progress. This will include differentiation through the use of Bloom's Taxonomy.
Differentiated Instruction: Step 3
1.Meet with the Director of Instruction, and the Counselor. Formulate an individualized plan for the student through.
get assistance form a Para Professional(local member of staff) at extra cost to the student's parents
Allow struggling student to sit with a more gifted peer
If student is stressed and feels overloaded with work, set homework accordingly
set specific attainable goals
Use Graphic Organizers
Continually assess and adapt lessons to meet student's needs
Integrate Bloom's Mastery Learning throughout my lessons.
Scaffold my lessons to cater to the student's specific needs.
Provide students with 3 or 4 ways to complete reading and writing exercises
Use technology in the classroom. I like to use Raz-kids.com as it allows the reader to be visually stimulated and listen to how words sound phonetically as they read books within their Lexile range.
Summarize material read. Can be summarized in bullet points to simplify it for the student
Group students with shard interests
Provide feedback to the Principal, Director pf Instruction, and the Counselor. Talk about what is working and amend instruction accordingly. Keep the parents posted on progress