General Teaching Strategies

General Teaching Strategies for Student with Disabilities

  • Pay attention to the student's learning style and know your own learning style (when you become frustrated while teaching you will revert to teaching/tutoring in the style in which you learn - which is not necessarily the way the student learns).

  • Within reason, give the student plenty of time to process information.

  • Teach in a non-distracting environment that is well lighted; be sure to check for both auditory and visual distractions.

  • Present information in small, manageable steps.

  • Give practical, "real world" examples.

  • Experiment with large print (use a copy machine to increase the size).

  • To check comprehension, ask student to paraphrase information presented.

  • Restate information differently (if it doesn't confuse the student).

  • Prepare the student for changes in routine.

  • Show information in a multitude of different ways (use text, pictures, graphic organizers, etc.).

  • Use technology ("talking" calculators and spell checkers, graphing calculators and computers).

  • Discuss vocabulary words before working from any textbook.

  • Use highlighting to make specific passages or items stand out.

  • Have student read/sign to you. If student is signing, an interpreter will voice what is being said by the student.

  • Discuss review questions.

  • Have student take notes while you read instructions/directions, etc.

  • Pay attention to the student (when he/she seems to be getting frustrated, stop, take a break and then have the student describe for you what is frustrating him/her).

  • Model effective and efficient study skills for the subject you teach.

  • Remember the student is responsible for his/her success or failure, not you.

  • Do not let students monopolize your time discussing personal concerns or issues.

  • Allow students to do their own work and not manipulate you into doing things for them.

  • Know the telephone numbers and locations of the Nurse and Campus Police at your campus.