I believe that teachers of children having special needs can relate when I say that it is not a piece of cake to teach them. Nonetheless, that does not mean that we throw them to the back yard as condemned persons.
You will be amazed at how many have made it in life with spectacular results. That is why I thought it wise to share with you some tips on how you can garner results when teaching such children. This works for a parent or a teacher.
Discover their strengths – As you prepare for that lesson, take the time to know more about your students strengths, and abilities by talking with previous tutors, looking through the report cards (focus on the good remarks and high scores). Then fill out a strength-based inventory alongside the parents. You also need to ask to your students about their interests, what they feel they are good at, and what they love studying.
Formulate strength-based learning techniques – Now that you are aware of your students’ special abilities, make it a point to come up with strategies that make use of those strengths. For example, if one of your students is great at drawing but has problems with reading, give him the opportunity to illustrate what he wants to say. If one child shows a strength in knitting yet can hardly understand place value, allow her to design a fabric piece of knitted numbers. There are several ways and projects that you can come up with by coupling your students’ strengths with their learning deficits.
I hope you can integrate these in your existent teaching plans for the best of your students.