Classroom tips for teachers
For most people, school is in session now, and this can be quite emotional for kids with learning issues. A new teacher, a new set of classroom rules, and often, a new set of friends can spike fear and anxiety through a child. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to give you a set of classroom strategies to share with your child’s teacher.
* Establish eye contact and speak to the student’s level.
* Use a cueing system to get the student’s attention when distracted. (signal, code word, etc.)
* Allow preferential seating away from distractions. (doors, windows, loud students, etc.)
* Provide a quiet place for the student to work. (minimize distractions)
* Allow the student to use earplugs/headphones to block out distractions while doing seat work.
* Use an FM system or amplification system if possible. (if not available, speak loudly, clearly and slowly)
* Use books, worksheets, and other materials with large print, especially when writing on whiteboard.
* Provide directions in a simple manner. (two-three steps maximum, uncomplicated and direct)
* Repeat directions several times in various ways and write down for the student if necessary.
* Provide multiple examples and point out important visual information to the student.
* Never force the student to read out loud in front of the class.
* Use modeling during lessons and leave visual aids on the whiteboard or in front of the student during seat work.
* repeat and paraphrase directions, then ask him to repeat them back to you
* Give the student time to read quietly or repeat directions to himself (sub-vocalize), especially if checking for comprehension.
* Preview, review and summarize all new and previous lessons.
* Give short breaks between activities to minimize fatigue.
* Allow extended time to complete tasks.
* Modify workload and avoid timed tests/activities.
* Assign homework that specifically reinforces concepts taught that day.
* Use larger lined paper and highlight areas for answers or writing; a fat pencil can also help writing problems.
* Create an outline of ideas before giving writing assignments.
* Use a paper to cover text while the student is reading or doing worksheets so he/she can focus on one line at a time.
I hope this helps. Students shouldn’t have to suffer when they’re supposed to be learning.