Strategies for the Classroom

What Not To Do In The Classroom

•Audio-books (ear reading)


•Provide copies of notes, directions, schedules, etc.


•Use visuals


•Highlight key words


•Colored overlays


•Small step instructions/repeated


•Have student verbally repeat instructions


•Pre-teach vocabulary


•Extended time


•Oral assessments


•Preferential seating

•Chunk material/fold worksheets


•Use timers


•Allow to how understanding in different ways


•Text readers


•Frequent check ins


•Use secret signals


•Prepare student for speaking out loud


•Priming


•Extra set of textbooks for home


•checklists/rubrics


•Chance to improve grade


•Peer buddy


•Copies of study guides


•Multi-choice spelling tests


•Shortened assignments


•Daily to do lists


•Graphic organizers


•Assistive technology


•Use pictures


•Build confidence first


•Encourage often


•Positive reinforcements


•Low lighting/less distractions


•frequent breaks


•Heavy lifting

•Do not count off for spelling



•Be sure to grade exactly what you are assessing



•Don’t over-correct



•Do NOT embarrass



•Do not ask him/her to read out loud in-front of others, unless previously prepared and given practice time



•Do not assign extensive HW



•Do not ask him/her to memorize extensive info.

•Don’t change routine w/o priming



•Do not over - edit written work



•Do not give “pop” quizzes



•Do not punish behavior that is a direct result of being overwhelmed and overstimulated.



•Do not give multi-step directions/or too quickly



•Do not have overly high expectations, but set goals WITH student

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