You might want to consider differentiated instruction. Many LD children have a visual motor processing disorder which makes it hard for them to copy from the board. You need to provide desk copies for anything that needs to be tranferred from the board or overhead.
Another common problem is the inability to understand verbally presented information. Try arranging your lessons to have a least one hands on activity per day. Always combine verbal information with visual support.
Organizing material is difficult for children with LD. Consider having some graffic organizers to guide story writing and note taking.
Finally, give structured breaks. Try alternating passive and active activities.
This isn't everything you could do, but it is a good start. If you do these things you will help the kids immensely!
A person who is handling a ld in a classroom should be trained to do that, NOT taking suggestions on an anonymous website. This is alarming, and I pray that this is a joke.
Know the needs of the students who has learning disability in the classroom before you carefully select an educational strategy that is applicable for them. That way,it would be very easy for the teacher to handle them.The teacher should emphasized a structured program with limited environmental stimuli. Stressed the importance of readiness training ,focused on perceptual motor skills and advocate the use of various devices.
www.LDonline.org is a good resource.
Any employee in school who is going to be helping a child with learning disabilitlies are suppose to be trained and highly qualified in the childs disabilitiy.
Also, the IEP team is suppose to decide how to handle the problems, and this is then relayed to the teacher to follow.
This is mandated by federal special ed law IDEA.
Don't listen to Snoopy... he obviously hasn't heard of the Least Restrictive Environment concept. It is not the 1950's anymore and children with disabilities are actually now included in regular classrooms!
Now, to answer your question, just be passionate about what you are teaching. Use technology. Use hands-on activities and give lots of examples. They need to see the concept, hear about the concept, and do something about the concept. The more ways they receive the information, the more connections they will make. Take time to plan your lessons... in fact, overplan your lessons. Make a word wall for concept vocabulary. (Be sure to color code it: blue for math concepts, red for science, etc.) If you are lecturing, be sure to have a Power Point presentation with the important aspects of the concept or have fill in the blank notes available so they can keep up. Use the internet to find fun activities. Check out www.brainpop.com. It has great little animated videos for every subject that you can use as focusing activities at the beginning of class. (They even have short quizzes available!) I have taught both "regular" and "special" children and have found that when I put on a big show and act like I'm teaching the most interesting stuff on the planet, ALL the kids pay attention and they learn!
Be sure to tell them that they CAN and WILL achieve in your classroom and hold high expectations. Be very positive and try to form a bond... find out what he/she likes and talk about it. I've found that these students are extremely loyal to teachers who truly care about them.
Good luck, and remember how you felt when you had a teacher who didn't care vs. a teacher who truly cared. A teacher's attitude sets the mood and the achievement level of the classroom.
Learn as much as you can about the children that you are working with. Learn what their strengths and areas of need are. Read their IEPs, talk to the child, the parents, and past teachers.
The children themselves are often one of the best sources. They have an idea for how they learn and the kind of assistance that they need.
Be passionate about teaching them. As well as compassionate.
Remember that just because they have a learning disability, they are capable of learing. You will just have to find the right way to reach them.
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