Differential Learning Support

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Dear Mr. Franklin,

I am very glad that you reached out to me in regard to differentiation of a lesson plan. We have a common student who is Manuel and needs both of us to help him reach his IEP goals. I am happy that you understand that Manuel needs assistance in his assignments and you have considered me to help you out. Lessons need to be modified to meet his specific needs in which I will help you create a lesson that will help Manuel during this assignment. It is very important for us to work together and share any concerns about Manuel for his best interests. “In the consulting model, the special education teacher meets with the general education classroom teacher on aregular basis to discuss the needs of students, types of supports, accommodations, and modifications” (Cohen & Spenciner, 2009). Special education teachers are here to help develop modified lessons and provide support for the participation in a general education class. I will gladly collaborate with you on creating an appropriate lesson for Manuel.
I have reviewed your lesson plan and you have done an amazing job specifying the goal and the purpose of this assignment which I find very interesting. This assignment is not only fun but helps the students practice their geometry skills. Every section of the lesson plan is well developed and since it’s a group project it will take several days to complete and will promote socialization. Every day the students will complete a section of the project which will break down this assignment into small steps, but I would suggest you take some time before the class ends to review what the students have learned or completed. Manuel needs some modifications in order to retain all the information he has learned, and a review will boost his memory retention.

The lesson plan you have developed is well detailed but there are few adjustments that will help all your students tremendously. Even though this assignment should be completed in 3 to 5 days I do suggest you set specific time frame. For example, by day two students need to create a paper blueprint and by day three student will have time to review their blueprint. This helps break down the assignment into small steps and students will not feel pressured or the need to complete the assignment in a hurry. When students present their designs to the class it will be helpful that every group member has the opportunity to speak with help of an index card that contains the information required.

Five Strategies for Differentiating the Lesson

I have provided a list of five strategies which will be helpful for Manuel and any other diverse learner. I chose these strategies because students who have learning difficulties have a hard time learning new skills and adapting to them. Every strategy contains valuable information on how to break down lessons or assignments into small steps where students have the opportunity to understand the material.

  • Manageable amount of work- When an assignment or lesson is first being taught the workload might become too much for the student to retain therefore the assignment or lesson needs to be manageable for the student. Manuel’s assignment or lesson needs to develop into small steps in which he can understand what it is being taught.
  • Review- Before the class ends it is important to do a review of what was learned in the class and follow up on the next day as a topic of discussion. Manuel will benefit from this strategy since this will help him with memory retention of the new acquired skill, also it will help him socialize.
  • Supervised practice – Manuel will benefit from this strategy since he will have the opportunity to practice the new acquired skill and receive immediate feedback.
  • Visualize math problems by using drawing – this strategy will be helpful for class of diverse learners.
  • Avoid too much visual information – When presenting new lesson, it is very important to take into consideration how much information you are giving the student. “Use uncluttered worksheets to avoid too much visual information” (What are strategies for teaching a student with a math-related learning disability?, n.d.). Keep the information easy to understand and avoid overloading the students.

It has been a pleasure being able to help you co-create a lesson that will meet the needs of Manuel. The strategies above are easy to understand and will guide you on understanding on how to deliver instruction. I am glad you took the time to contact me for help and any other questions you are more than welcome to contact me.


Mrs. Chavez

Cohen, L. G., & Spenciner, L. J. (2009). Teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities: Research-based practices. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

What are strategies for teaching a student with a math-related learning disability? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.washington.edu/doit/what-are-strategies-teaching-student-math-related-learning-disability

wikiHow (n.d.). How to give a feedback sandwich (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Give-a-Feedback-Sandwich

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