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Tips for Teachers of Special Needs Students

May 21, 2013

Just like all teachers, special education teachers sometimes need tips to help make educational methods more effective and classroom time more exciting and fruitful. Are you a teacher for children with special needs and disabilities? If so, continue reading this blog post to find ideas and inspiration for special needs teaching.


Tips for more effective special needs teaching

As you know, every student in your classroom has a different learning style, needs, abilities, and disabilities. Understandably, this dynamic makes is hard to find activities that are appropriate for an entire classroom of students. Here are a few tips to help you teach more effectively and find activities that will cause all your students to grow academically:
–Set individual expectations instead of group expectations.
–Schedule a sufficient amount of breaks into your day; use those break times to refocus and reorganize your students.
–Be sure to include parents and encourage them to share their ideas with you.
–Although it can be difficult, try to create a classroom schedule and enforce it. Things will go so much smoother if your students know what to expect each day.
–Be flexible when making your lesson plans.
–Make sure lesson plans can be personalized for each student.
–Document the methods that work for you and your students. This will help you pinpoint the teaching approach that works for your classroom.
–Reinforce topics visually and orally.
– Reward students.

The disability living blog is ideal reading for special needs teachers.

Are you a special needs teacher? If yes, we encourage you to follow the Disability Living blog. DL blogs about disabilities that affect adults as well as children. We also blog about issues that are relevant to special education teachers. We invite you to visit the Disability Living blog and get inspired with some fresh ideas for teaching!

What tips have helped you effectively teach special needs students? Please feel free to leave a comment on this blog post and share with the entire disability community of Canada. Your tips might be extremely helpful to other special needs educators.

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