Assignment 5 – Students’ Needs

Information about Student

Student’s Needs

Physical Disability

Instructional

  • Use assistive technology to assist with writing tasks (i.e. Read and Write or other speech to text software)
  • Provide digital copies of instructional resources being used
  • Check-in with Christina to ensure that all activities are accessible for her physical needs
  • Encourage Christina to  share ways in which the assistive technology is falling short so that the educator can research other alternatives or add-ons

Environmental

  • Place Christina on left-hand side of desk rows or tables so that she can freely use her left hand (left-handed and disability considerations)
  • Ensure that all classroom supplies are in easily accessible containers

Assessment Accommodations

  • Conduct oral tests or scribe for the student
  • Provide assistive technology with speech to text software
  • Allow student to take extra time to accommodate for physical disability and low language levels
  • Use student groupings to accommodate for any physical elements required in completing the assessment

Language Development

Instructional

  • Determine Christina’s current areas of difficulty and make a plan with attainable goals to encourage process and development
  • Provide regular opportunities for creative writing practice throughout all lesson areas (i.e. quick writes, writing prompts, creating a story about the topic being covered, etc.)
  • Use Universal Design and Differentiated Instruction to teach creative writing in a number of ways
  • Encourage the use of graphic organizers to organize thoughts and reference throughout writing process, ensuring that digital copies are also available to use
  • Utilize assistive technology that uses predictive text features to build vocabulary and to keep their writing coherent
  • Focus on building word knowledge through the effective use of dictionaries, thesaurus, and other language resources (i.e., word of the day defined in personal journal)
  • Encourage students to proof read and peer edit their classmates’ work
  • Provide opportunities for Christina to read with their peers or younger students to build vocabulary comprehension and continue positive language development
  • Use positive reinforcement and encouragement when supporting student in areas of weakness/difficulty

Environmental

  • Provide age and grade level appropriate reading materials to build confidence with language comprehension
  • Utilize images on writing tasks to support the understanding of advanced vocabulary
  • Display important terms and challenging vocabulary on a classroom word wall
  • Promote writing and other language tasks by having a creative writing centre located in classroom

Assessment Accommodations

  • Provide assistive technology with speech to text software so that Christina can listen to questions as the words are highlighted on the screen
  • Check-in with Christina to ensure she understands what is being asked of her and what her plan of action is
  • Offer to read questions out loud to the student and define important terms (when appropriate)
  • Give the students choice when it comes to completing a creating writing assessment (i.e., topic, presentation, etc.)
  • Encourage the use of graphic organizers to organize thoughts and reference throughout writing process

Social Skills

Instructional

  • Continue to provide Christina with behaviour management tips and resources to help with efforts to manage her occasional and unusual behaviour
  • Provide opportunities for students to work together in various curriculum areas and student groupings to encourage social bonds
  • Review appropriate classroom and group work behaviour/etiquette
  • Promote themes of inclusion, acceptance, and empathy to ensure that classmates continue to welcome Christina and her differences (behaviour and disability)
  • Review protocols for effectively addressing bullying online, in the classroom, or at recess
  • Encourage students to ask their peers for help before coming to the teacher to show students that everyone has their own difficulties with subject matter and that it is appropriate to  assist each other

Environmental

  • Arrange desks in groups or use tables to promote teamwork and classroom friendships
  • Regularly have circle time for discussions or classroom meetings to promote social skills
  • Continue to provide opportunities for Christina to read to younger peers, either as a kindergarten reader or  class-to-class reading buddies

Assessment Accommodations

  • Allow opportunities for group projects/assessments in specific and appropriate groupings, so that the students will be successful and respectful
  • Use peer assessments (when appropriate) to encourage student agency and social responsibility