October is Disabilities Awareness Month...
Students with special needs, need special strategies right? Well, we all have tricks and tips that we use daily to help learning disabled students reach their full potential, without singling them out of the crowd.
One of my favorite strategies is DESKTOP GREETINGS. This started with post-it notes. I'd jot kids notes and drop them in the corner of their desk throughout the lesson. I'd ask kids in advance to then stick them into their science journals for later reference. Now, just to be clear...I did this for all students (not only kids with IEPs). It works really well, and since I got sick of writing the same messages class after class, I started printing them instead!
I'm posting a few of these today for my awesome followers...
This is a FREE sample of some of my desktop greeting comments. These are the more general ones, but I also make them lesson specific. (EX: When you leave class today, stop by my desk to explain the difference between a food web and a food chain.) In fact, I could probably do whole other post on just content specific comments, which I often print on labels to stick into student journals.
Here is a blank form that you can type in your own "Greetings" to use with your students:
FREE: Click here for an editable version (Powerpoint needed) that you can customize for your classroom.
I'm guessing this is the way to go for most of you, as we each have our own message to give to our students. TIP: Make an entire column or entire page of one comment. This will save you time when you are cutting and organizing these :)
What strategies do you use to help students with special needs succeed in your class?
If you download, please take the time to comment and follow! (Even if you don't have a strategy...at least say hello!) I love new followers!