When prepping your classroom and curriculum for the next school year, there are many factors to consider…how big will the classroom be, how many students will be in my class, what will those students remember from last year? But one question that may not always be asked is: will any of my students have special needs?
Though this question may not be top-of-mind, it is probably one of the most important questions to ask when looking through your new class roster. In order to properly prepare your year’s curriculum, you should strive for it to be accessible for all students. If not planned, teachers will need to make modifications, rather than accommodations, throughout the school year to successfully reach these students with special education needs.
Luminous Learning sheds light on the powerful difference between accommodations and modifications:
Changes to the amount or complexity of material being taught in order to assist the student in mastering the content.
Changes to the classroom environment, assignment, or exam without changing the material or the standards the student is expected to master.
While accommodations may require a little more effort in class and curriculum preparation, a little effort goes a long way. By simply finding education apps that can provide an audio recording of a book, visualize math problems, or record oral responses for an exam can go a long way in assisting a special education student’s achievement.
Below you will find the infographic, again provided by Luminous Learning, which can assist teachers in finding easy accommodations to incorporate into their 2016-17 school year planning.
Will you use any of these accommodations in your classroom? Will you use different methods? Share with us in the comments!