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Accommodating Children with Diverse Needs - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter focus on various ways in which students with cognitive and learning disabilities can be accommodated in the classroom. You will review instructional strategies for adapting learning materials and providing differentiated instruction for students with autism, sensory dysfunctions, health impairments and other disorders.
Outlines of effective strategies include material selection, participation encouragement and lesson adaptation techniques. Once you have finished with this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain the benefits of teaching special needs students in mainstream classrooms
- Provide differentiated instruction for students with special needs
- Adapt learning materials for students with sensory dysfunctions
- Apply adaptive strategies for students with autism and ESL students
- Use effective inclusion strategies to increase student participation
- Implement teaching strategies for gifted students
With each lesson, you are assured of expert instruction and the option to print lesson transcripts for handy reference. Lessons are accessible at all times from any device, so you can study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. Use short quizzes in each lesson to measure what you have learned before moving on to the next topic.
1. Educating Students with Special Needs
In this lesson, we will explore how to educate students with special needs. We will specifically address how the educational needs of these students are best served if they are in a mainstream classroom being taught alongside their peers.
2. How to Select & Adapt Materials to Meet Student Needs
Many classrooms include diverse learners of differing levels, cultures, and language abilities. In this lesson, we'll examine how to select and adapt materials to help teachers differentiate, or offer support to varying student needs.
3. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
4. Adapting Instruction for Learners With Sensory Challenges
In this lesson, we will discuss the general characteristics of children with sensory dysfunction and how teachers can adapt the classroom environment to accommodate these students.
5. Accommodations for Students with Autism
There are many ways to accommodate individuals with autism in the classroom. This lesson will provide ideas and strategies to better prepare the teacher. Learning how to accommodate these students will make teaching easier and set the student up for success.
6. How to Adapt Lessons for English Language Learners
When you're teaching English language learners (ELLs), it's sometimes necessary to adapt lessons to meet their needs. This lesson provides tips and techniques you can use to adapt lessons for ELLs.
7. Adapting Materials for English Language Learners
When you choose the material you need for your ESL classes, you often find that the material does not exactly fit the needs of all your students. Luckily, there are ways to adapt and use such material, and this lesson tells you how to do it.
8. Helping Students with Disabilities Participate in the General Classroom
With the proven effectiveness of inclusion practices, more and more general education teachers are finding themselves needing to include students with disabilities in the classroom. This lesson provides some tips and strategies for those teachers.
9. Best Practices for Teaching Gifted Students
Teaching gifted students can be a tremendous privilege, but it can also be a challenge. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the ways a teacher can meet the needs of gifted learners. You'll also learn about what not to do with the gifted students you encounter.
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