Special Education - Writing
The ability to express oneself through writing is a huge part of one's life. When students with disabilities learn to write or type their thoughts, they can use communicative responses that are appropriate to their intended messages. That skill allows them to tap into greater opportunities were in they can establish rapport with others, and also communicate their preferences in life. But writing is one real challenge for students with disabilities. If you are a teacher struggling to teach writing to differently abled children, here are 3 strategies you can explore.
Assess the Students’ Current Writing Patterns
Have your students write about something they find interesting. One of the key factors in storytelling is to allow an individual to draw inspiration from personal experiences. This will let your students put their writing skills to test without feeling pressured. From such a draft, teachers can pinpoint communicative responses that students already use. This can be your gage as to what section in writing you can focus on. Vocabulary, tenses, style and many more.
Think Beyond Traditional Writing Test
There is no point putting your students through a spelling quiz because that is the last activity that can drive organic learning from your students. Think about non-traditional ways to lead them to like writing, beyond the strict mechanics of spelling and grammar. Have them read a book they love so they can identify and invest in a character. Make them write something similar to the book they just read. When they reach a particular area of confidence in writing, that’s when you further calibrate or hone their grammar.
Use Tech to Teach Spelling
Once the students have reached a degree of confidence in their writing, start to teach them about proper spelling by using interactive tools like videos. You can record yourself with a chalkboard, or display the learning modules on screen if you have a knack for video editing. Make sure to be very visual about this process. You can insert blank spaces for students to fill in a letter or a word, or simply read the letters out loud together with a funny animation.