Ideas for Teaching
No matter what subject you're teaching, encourage the student to write. Permit him/her to organize thoughts so as to communicate better. To facilitate this, you may want to suggest using diagrams, drawing the significance, using Scrabble letters, or creating shapes with clay or paper cut-outs.
To help build reading comprehension, ask the student to read the material and draw a picture to summarize it. When asking questions, give the child time to think and form mental images. Don’t just answer their questions, help them discover the answer.
Help the student highlight key words and have him or her draw them. Use drawings or markings to aide in comprehension and analysis of the content and to help the student pay attention. While students are reading, in each paragraph ask them to imagine what is happening as if it were a movie.
When introducing a new math concept, model the idea for the student in writing and give concrete and tangible examples for activities and math operations. Create a sequence of drawings to define the steps to follow or procedure for completing a math problem.
Show the student how to do something and how it functions when giving instructions. But, keep in mind that the student doesn’t always need to be told how to do something unless he/she asks because this can confuse them in the process.
- Have the student give a presentation to the class. When presenting, allow the student to look at his/her notes to help remember and to concentrate on what he/she should say.
- Watch a movie. Analyze the characters, setting and theme. Ask the students to write a similar story but one that changes the beginning, end, and characters.
- Ask children to draw a comic strip. Or, provide a drawing with blank areas for them to write their own dialog.