Saturday, November 7, 2009
AT MODULE 1--TYPES
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) link for teachers in order to provide assistance for learning disabled (LD) students was helpful as well as reassuring. Some of the strategies offered I already incorporate into my classroom activities for ALL my students; everyone can benefit from the various teaching methods I utilize. For example, I have my students read small passages, answer pointed questions, model outlines on a project screen to maintain on task behavior and HIGHLIGHT key information. In addition, the NCLD suggested incorporating various MULTISENSORY approaches as well as technology. I probably can incorporate more multisensory. I do outline maps but perhaps creating more physical elements would be beneficial. In addition, a LD student would require more structure to the lesson, step by step instructions, and more time to complete tasks.
If a student is blind, a Braille converter is needed for all text materials but many simple modifications can also be made within the classroom. Being that eyesight is only 1/5 of the way to obtain information, there is a multitude of other ways to demonstrate concepts. This would include incorporating tactile teaching methods such as texture, movement, and sound. Furthermore, to also incorporate mainstream students into the world of the blind student, labeling items of the classroom surroundings in Braille will allow other students an opportunity to experience their classmate’s reading style. Finally, student partnerships would also be very effective not only for a blind student but for all students in order to engage in peer problem solving—a more active learning approach.