How to Identify and Differentiate for Struggling Students in Literature…
How to Identify and Differentiate for Struggling Students in Literature Class
Assess for ability
It is important for me to understand my students as individuals. Pre-assessing their reading and writing skills at an early stage creates a base of understanding for the whole class.
Later formative and summative assessment checks for mastery and determines whether extra time and support to be spent on developing particular skills
Be in contact with the homeroom and subject teachers
Students at my school have the same homeroom teacher from 6th to 12th grade.
They have a fuller understanding of students' social backgrounds as well as areas in which they excel and struggle
In addition, they are the most reliable means of making contact with students' parents to keep them updated on students' progress in class.
Communicating with other subject teachers may provide insight into effective instruction methods that may lie outside the realm of what has so far been considered.
Check for understanding
Students with special needs should often be provided with extra instruction and/or prompting
It may be necessary to supplement class notes or homework instructions with supplemental materials (print-offs, etc.)
Asking students to repeat instructions during and after class can help them recall them more effectively outside of school
Develop and deliver differentiated lessons
Although it is difficult to cater to every student's individual needs, it is important to design lessons that approach the material from diverse directions according to earlier assessment
Activities and instruction methods should be built into lessons so as to maximize students' abilities to learn
by Erik Liimatta