For students who are struggling, instructional strategies and interventions are a big part of ensuring academic success. They’re meant to support a student as they successfully access their grade-level general education curriculum and ensure academic gains. In this blog, we’re going to be talking about some of the evidence-based strategies that educators can utilize in their classrooms.
Evidence-based strategies are teaching approaches that are backed by scientific research that validate the efficacy of the technique. This starts with data collection. No matter which instructional framework you use, in order to determine its efficacy, data collection and analysis must take place. From there, work on classroom strategies such as implementing evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities. Target universal supports for all students based on content, grade level, and classroom diversity. Be consistent with strategies, especially those outlined in the campus instructional plan. Lastly, track and measure student response to strategies and interventions.
With evidence-based strategies, most students with disabilities will benefit from systematic instruction and self-directed learning. Systematic instruction is an explicit system that teaches a specific procedure or concept in a highly structured and sequenced manner. This is a little different than self-directed learning, which is a cyclical system of teaching where students set goals, develop a plan, learn what they need to, show evidence of what they’ve learned, and reflect on the process. And then they go back and do the whole cycle again.
Taking the next steps
Besides the evidence-based strategies we covered here, there are a number of different strategies educators can employ to support their students. SPED educator Ayo Jones takes an in-depth look at these strategies in this course.
The course, SPED Self-Assessment — Instructional Strategies, is all about teaching educators some of the best strategies they can incorporate into their lesson plans to fully service their students’ needs. Educators will benefit from Ms. Jones’ over 15 years of educational experience and will be able to utilize these instructional strategies in the classroom.
In this 15-minute course from Noodle Nook, you’ll learn:
- Evidence-based strategies
- Instructional frameworks
- Individualized strategies
- Team collaboration
Whether you’re an experienced educator or need a few more tips, educators of all experience levels can benefit from taking this course. At the end of the course, you’ll be asked a series of self-assessment questions to test what you’ve learned.