Working with teachers for over 30 years, I have learned many strategies to try to help students be successful. Some worked and some did not. Since all students learn differently it is important that teachers build a “strategies toolkit” to be ready for each child who enters their classroom door.
What Are Academic Intervention Strategies (AIS)?
When a student is having difficulty learning a teacher must try a variety of ways to help them be more successful. As adults we all learn things differently and kids are no different. An advantage of an extensive “strategies toolkit” is that many kids can benefit from the special strategies in day-to-day learning. The Individuals with Disabilities, Education Improvement Act (IDEA) supports interventions and requires teachers to identify strategies implemented and their outcomes prior to special education services being approved.
- Provide structure and consistency by establishing a daily routine.
- Use a timer.
- Reduce distractions.
- Reward small successes
- Teach unspoken social rules.
- Give clear, specific directions.
- Provide assignment notebook.
- Help student keep daily & weekly goals list.
- Help students keep materials in a specific place.
- Preferential seating, make sure student can see you.
- Give extra time.
- Give “warnings” or “reminders” of deadlines.
- Direct teach organizational skills every day.
- Model organization and point out how YOU keep yourself organized.
- Consistency is key for kids organization.
Using specific Academic Intervention Strategies can sometimes prevent the need to refer a student for additional support programs or Special Education services. Knowing the best way to reach individual students can make a big difference in a child’s educational career.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.