Teaching Math to Students with Learning Disabilities


Over the course of the next few weeks, I'd like to focus on instructional strategies in specific content areas, beginning with mathematics. How do you approach math instruction in your classroom? How do you develop inclusive lessons for students with learning disabilities? 

Check out this LINCS Resource: Teaching Decimals, Fractions, and Percents to Students with Learning Disabilities  Are you using any of these strategies? What other tips or ideas can you share?

Kathy Tracey



I think that it all comes down to being "in-tune" with your students in your classroom.  We have open enrollment, so our classrooms are constantly evolving.  I've learned to only make my lesson plans for a week at a time, because you just don't know exactly how far you will get with a class in a week.  You might need to spend more time on a topic than you originally planned because you need to present it in a different way or do an additional activity to reinforce the skill.  Sometimes, the opposite happens and the students catch on and are ready to move on and don't need as much work in a certain area as what I've prepared.  (I love it when that happens!)  Overall, I think that it comes down to being flexible and alert to your students' needs in the classroom.