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Friday, January 15, 2010

Individualized Instruction for Students with Special Needs Who Present Challenges with Regard to Completing Art Activities and Drawing Assignments

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 several modifications to individualize instruction for students with special needs who have challenges with regard to completing art activities and drawing assignments.

Specific Learning Challenge

Some Suggested Modifications to Individualize Instruction*

Completing art activities or drawing assignments

· Give students the option of pasting a collage, or circling objects rather than drawing or painting them.

· Provide stencils for tracing.**

· Provide larger crayons or markers that are easier to grip. **

· Pair the student with another student who is stronger in this area.**

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

** The double asterisk denotes an activity that can be done by a teaching assistant, a trained madrich, a trained parent volunteer, or the student or co-teacher.

In the next post we will share specific modifications to individualize instructions for students who present challenges with regard to organizing materials.

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