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 forth of four ways to individualize instruction for students with special needs by modifying the assessments.
*Chart of Individualized Modifications for Students with Special Needs
Special Education Modifications
Sample Modifications for Individualized Instruction
Modify the assessments
· Reward approximations.
· Recognize and give credit for oral presentations.
· Provide multiple formats for testing to give students opportunities to demonstrate knowledge.
· Make arrangements for homework assignments to reach home with clear and concise directions.
· Chart student performance on an individual, and confidential basis.
*This is taken, with permission, from the website of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), special needs menu, http://urj.org/educate/specialneeds/. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
In the next post we will suggest specific modifications to individualize instructions for students with reading comprehension challenges.