Special education classes provide targeted services for uniquely-abled children. An ideal special education classroom should provide quality instruction to its students. The purpose of these classrooms is to extend individualized and more intensive education to those who need it the most.
Here are some strategies that you can adopt in special education classes.
1. Form small groups
Small and manageable groups comprising three or four students can help a special educator to personalize teaching sessions while not compromising on instruction time. For instance, in a mathematics class, a group could work on basic arithmetic while another group works on some advanced concepts. Form the groups with children having the same level of intellect.
2. Classroom centers
This is another effective way to group students. Each center can specialize in a single area. Centers have to be self-sufficient regarding instruction materials and lessons. They have to be self-guided and self-explanatory to help teachers rotate among various centers and give appropriate instructions. A parent, teaching assistant, or a volunteer can help in facilitating the groups.
3. Blend basics with specialized instructions
Teach the general concepts to the entire group while pairing the same with individual instructions. Every subject taught in schools involves some general concepts that are relevant and each student can benefit regardless of their proficiency.
4. Rotate lessons
Study lessons within various centers or groups can be rotated so that teachers can introduce fresh material to a group while checking other students who are into more independent activities. A teaching assistance could be of great help in this regard.
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