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Ch 4: Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs

About This Chapter

If you aspire to be a special education teacher or are a teacher looking for additional knowledge, then you could find the lessons in this chapter helpful. You will have the opportunity to review instructional approaches that have proven effective when teaching special needs students.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs- Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on defining and explaining various types of teaching strategies that special education teachers can employ in their classrooms. You will explore strategies that apply to such areas as developmental patterns, social skills, learning methods and student evaluation. Among the things addressed in this chapter are:

  • The categories of students' patterns of development
  • Pros and cons of part-to-whole teaching strategies
  • Examples of direct instruction and when it is used
  • Four types of instructional strategies used by teachers in the classroom
  • The definition of cooperative learning
  • The comparison between student- and teacher-centered instruction
  • A type of student-centered teaching method called instructional scaffolding

Instructors with a background in teaching special needs students present this material in an easy and engaging manner. Take self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to determine what you have retained from these lessons and what you might still need to review. An overall final exam measures what you have learned from the entire chapter.

How It Helps

  • Outlines effective strategies: Allows you to explore various teaching strategies to find out which works best for you and your students..
  • Defines important terms and offers examples: Increases your ability to understand teaching methods by providing detailed information and real-life examples.
  • Addresses student success: Helps to ensure that you choose the best strategy resulting in strong academic performance for your special needs students.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand special education teaching strategies
  • Differentiate between student- and teacher-centered instructional practices
  • Explain cooperative learning methods
  • Discuss how direct instruction methods can be used

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Differentiating Instruction Based on Patterns of Development

1. Differentiating Instruction Based on Patterns of Development

Effective teachers make sure each student in the classroom finds success. This lesson identifies patterns of development and shows how to use this information to differentiate instruction so all students master content.

Part-to-Whole Instructional Strategies & Examples

2. Part-to-Whole Instructional Strategies & Examples

Do you know the expression '~'You need to crawl before you can walk?~' Part-to-whole instructional strategies take that approach, and in this video we'll explore what they are and how teachers can use them in the classroom.

Using Direct Instruction to Teach Skills & Procedures

3. Using Direct Instruction to Teach Skills & Procedures

Direct instruction is a useful tool for teaching students new skills and procedures. There are several key steps you should follow when using direct instruction that will be detailed in this lesson.

Using Direct Instruction to Teach Critical Thinking & Evaluation

4. Using Direct Instruction to Teach Critical Thinking & Evaluation

Critical thinking is often one of those terms used to refer to a broad spectrum of skills. This lesson focuses on four areas where teachers can use instruction to foster critical thinking in their students.

Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

5. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.

Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits

6. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits

Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.

What is Cooperative Learning? - Definition & Methods

7. What is Cooperative Learning? - Definition & Methods

Find out what cooperative learning is and learn about its different elements. Examine how to apply cooperative learning methods in the classroom. After the lesson, you can test your understanding with a quiz.

Scaffolding Teaching Strategies

8. Scaffolding Teaching Strategies

Teachers sometimes use a method of instruction called 'instructional scaffolding.' Learn more about this and how it is used. Examine the different components of instructional scaffolding.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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