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Classroom management in a special education classroom is more about appropriate adaptations throughout the day then managing behavior. Making these adaptations and accommodations for students with special needs does not need to be difficult. Some ideas for adapting lessons might be:
• Reduce the number of pages or questions
• Reduce the difficulty of the assignment
• Read directions aloud, speak slowly, repeat, rephrase instructions and questions
• Increase a student’s confidence by reinforcing success
• Use LOTS of examples
• Model, review and practice
• Be patient and SMILE
• Break a large assignment or activity into smaller tasks
Remember, preparation is the key to success for any guest teacher assignment, but preparation is even more important in a special education classroom. The special education classroom can be a very rewarding experience for a guest teacher if you take the time to prepare. Remember…together, we are going to make the biggest difference.
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