5 ways to support SEN learners during remote teaching.
With many lessons now taking place online, here are some top tips to support those with SEN.
Quality first teaching is essential when supporting children with SEN. This is something teachers incorporate with ease during face to face teaching in order to facilitate the children’s learning. However, it is something many teachers are finding more difficult to implement online. As teaching for many has moved online, I’ve put together five top tips to support your SEN learners when teaching remotely.
Tip One – Pre Teach!
Consider any opportunities for potential pre-teaching. What could you send in advance to the child? For example, vocabulary supports, visual supports, a visual timeline for the lesson or a checklist of the work to be completed.
Tip Two – Scaffold
Think about the scaffolds offered. Could you create a printable writing frame, number square, spelling mat or alphabet strip? These could be put on the resources section of your school’s website for parents to print and use at home or electronically on a tablet.
Tip Three – All about that pace
Think about your pace when delivering lessons online. You may need to slow down as pupils may find it harder to concentrate at home. In school you would offer shorter teacher talk sessions, punctuated with activities that are short, varied and practical. It’s even more appropriate to offer this online, as far as is possible.
Tip Four – Be available
Make sure pupils are clear about how to ask for help or clarification if they aren’t sure about something. Find a system that works for you and be consistent with it so they don’t feel they aren’t being seen or heard.
Tip Five – Check in often
Include opportunities for pupils to check in more to show how they are doing as we can’t rely upon picking up on things like their body language as easily as we would in the classroom. A traffic light system with the camera on could work well for this.
Five simple tweaks to put into practise that will make a big difference to a child with special educational needs.
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