A student’s Individualized Education Plan should be the first resource a teacher uses as they look to differentiate instruction for a student with a disability. Once the student’s needs are deeply understood, the following strategies and scaffolds might be employed to best serve that student:
Whole Group Supports
- Carefully structure seating arrangements so students work with a variety of learners.
- Prompt students to respond and show their understanding in different ways, including whole class response, written response, individual whiteboards, and sharing with a partner.
Small Group Supports
- Ensure implementation of the Zearn Math classroom model so that students learn in a small group setting, which create lower risk instructional setting than whole class instruction.
- Seat students so they work with a variety of learners.
- Provide frequent checks for understanding and encourage direct feedback from peers.
- Allow students to work with concrete manipulatives to model and explain their thinking.
- Ensure students have the daily opportunity to learn from peers’ reasoning and discuss their own math reasoning aloud.
- For students that need more visual supports, enlarge the printing preferences on any templates that are printed from the Small Group Lessons.
Independent Digital Lesson Supports
- Support students in working through Independent Digital Lessons at their own pace. When working at their own pace students have the opportunity to learn new concepts with problem setup and solution paths that are supported visually and verbally by on-screen teachers, and receive personalized remediation paths with pictures and manipulatives that address misconceptions. Students should continue to work at their own pace even if they take longer to finish an Independent Digital Lesson than other students.
- Identify individual supports that adhere to the IEP for students to use during Independent Digital Lessons such as an individual math vocabulary dictionary, multiplication charts, etc.
- Ensure students are familiar with the audio buttons in each Independent Digital Lesson that can read text aloud to students. If your students would like that text read out loud to them in another language, we recommend using Google Chrome and their Dictation plug-in.
- Ensure students are familiar with the video player in Independent Digital Lesson that can be paused and rewound so students can view the video again.
- Check Student Notes to review how students are representing their thinking.
- Provide students with access to concrete manipulatives to use while they engage in Independent Digital Lessons.