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Monday, January 4, 2010

Individualized Instruction for Students with Special Needs Through Modifying the Presentation of Material

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know how to individualize instruction.

Below you will find the first of four ways to individualize instruction for students with special needs by modifying the presentation of material.

*Chart of Individualized Modifications for Students with Special Needs

Special Education Modifications

Sample Modifications for Individualized Instruction

Modify the presentation of material

· Provide an overview of the lesson before beginning.

· Monitor the level of language used to communicate concepts.

· Monitor the rate at which the information is presented.

· Reduce the number of concepts covered at one time.

· Give additional examples.

*This is taken, with permission, from the website of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), special needs menu, Retrieved January 30, 2009.

On the next post we will examine the second of four different types of instructional modifications, modifying the classroom environment.

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