Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

    Reward signs of effort. It is important to remember that rewarding signs of completion is just as important. Attention is a powerful reinforcement. Don’t give attention for doing nothing. Instead, create incentives (Cosmos, 2012). Be sure you have a disciplinary plan of action that is appropriate. Access community and external resources, such as a school counselor or special education teacher, to learn from their expertise. Review your classroom setup and seating chart to see if you need to change anything to accommodate the student’s needs. Teach alternate ways to deal with anger and emotion. Learn more: Council for Exceptional Children

Read My Students Don’t Speak English to find more tips for teaching all students. The references cited in this article are listed there.

Gifted Students

    Understand that being a gifted student should not be a punishment. It is not appropriate to just give extra busy work to these students because they are gifted. Instead, they need a challenge that allows them to perform at a higher degree of difficulty. Teach based on the student’s pace. Often, gifted students learn more slowly because they learn with more depth and breadth than other students their age. Vary assignments so they are presented in a variety of formats, and give students opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned in new and creative ways. Give students a chance to have leadership roles in your classroom. Gifted students are often extremely competitive, so give them an opportunity to compete. Learn more: National Association of Gifted and Talented Children

Students who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Students with ADHD need structure and consistency. Maintaining procedures and
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