Teaching and Assessing Language Arts
Meeting the Needs
Adapting Instruction and Assessment
- Create a community of learners so students feel comfortable assisting classmates.
- Teach with text sets of books and other reading selections that vary in level of difficulty.
- Vary grouping patterns so students work in small groups, individually, and with the whole class.
- Teach minilessons and reteach the minilessons to students who need a review and additional practice.
- Integrate visuals, including realia, photographs, charts, maps, and diagrams, into the instructional program.
- Provide more background knowledge and related vocabulary words before teaching difficult concepts.
- Focus on oral language because listening and talking are easier than reading and writing for most students.
- Incorporate centers so students have an opportunity to work collaboratively on activities and projects.
- Use computers and other technology tools to stimulate students' interest and delve more deeply into topics.
- Monitor students' progress closely and provide assistance when needed.