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Do you work with children of special needs and want to enhance their academic achievement? Well, this blog is perfect for you. In this piece, we will explore multiple strategies for teaching social studies to students who require special attention.

Dynamic Instructional Strategies

Inclusive techniques for students with intellectual disabilities work well. If you try diversifying your approach, things will get much easier for not only students with special needs but all of them.

What do dynamic instruction strategies mean? Well, it includes change or variation in the way subject material is delivered, the kind of information in the curriculum provided, and the outcome and assessment of children.

Dialogue delivery

Let’s take social studies as a subject and look at the varying types of delivery that one can go for.

Write on civil rights and human rights differentiation in their historical contexts. Make sure you address the following points:

  • Enlightenment
  • American and French Revolutions
  • Colonial Independence Movement includes Free India Movement, or those processions taking place in Latin America.

Instead of plainly reading, what you can do is:

Provide guided handouts or notes that you make for your lecture. You can provide them with multiple flashcards on the topic.

Moreover, leave blank spaces for students to fill in their information which includes:

  • Important concepts,
  • Facts and figures
  • Difficult glossary of words as you go through with your lecture.

This will do two things; firstly, keep the student with special needs engaged with you throughout. Secondly, it will be a source of revision right before assessment.

Bullet it or chunk your information. This means taking extensive information and breaking it into smaller ‘chunks or bullets’ A list is easier to understand and remember in the future.

Content

Make sure you have enough variation in your study content. For example:

Discuss and make a plan for civic and community activities, which include – recycling, military support, veterans, and helping the elderly.

This time let the students pick their topic and give them a free hand to explore whatever area they want. To make this more interesting for them, consider peer partners for this project; pair students in groups. However, so that the burden does not fall on just one, give detailed information on what every person is supposed to do.

Presentation

Let students have the freedom to the way they want to present the information to the whole class. They have the choice to go for an oral report, a slide presentation via PowerPoint, or even a video recording, whichever suits them. The students may choose any method they feel most comfortable with.

This will not only increase their chances of success academically but also reduce stress.

Assessment

Moreover, vary assessment styles:

  • Introduce online tests
  • portfolios
  • projects
  • paper test

Conclusion

We understand dealing with children having special needs is not that easy. So, staff at Rainard School are focused on providing quality education to the children who need it the most.