Methods and Strategies: Science Success for Students With Special Needsby: Marcee M. Steele

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Recent special education legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) emphasizes the placement of students with mild disabilities in the general education classroom. Therefore, students with learning, behavior, and communicating disorders will typically be learning science from classroom teachers rather than in separate special education classes. They will be required to pass the same standardized science tests as the children without disabilities; however, many of their characteristics interfere with success in science. This article highlights instructional, study, and test-taking strategies useful in preparing all students, but particularly students with mild learning challenges, for success in science class and hopefully on high-stakes tests as well.

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  • on Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:41 PM

In my class, I will try my best to make sure everybody in my classroom can participate in the class. Based on this point, firstly, it's important to make sure everybody in the classroom can understand the content of the class and interact with each other. The teacher is supposed to observe everyone's behavior in class to make sure whether they are listening carefully. Asking questions is the most common strategy in class to see students’responses. If somebody is absent-minded, the question can just remind them to pay attention to the class in time. Besides, I agree that graphic organizers and teaching modeling are especially beneficial for special needs students. Because visual modeling is easier for them to understand the key concepts and work out their own thoughts based on modeling.


  • on Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:44 AM

In this era of high stakes testing, this articles helps teachers with instructional, study and test taking strategies for all students as well as students with learning challenges Helpful

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:35 AM

These were awesome strategies to utilize in my class because I have such a large population of students with special needs. I was a little frustrated before reading this article, now I'm feeling a lot better. Thanks!!

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:09 PM

This article gives some great strategies for helping students with learning disabilities. I know some students think they are a lost cause in thier classrooms. However, these strategies remind you that all students can be successful in the classroom.

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:51 AM

As the author points out with the ‘No Child Left Behind’ component of state wide testing special needs children are expected to perform almost as well as regular students. This article provides hints that help a teacher help those children be successful. They include ideas about teaching strategies such as modeling behaviors and strategies you want students to follow. They include studying strategies such as material guide tips. Test taking strategies provided include practicing appropriate things to do before taking the test. The article describes the students as mildly special needs. What do we do with the ones who have more pronounced problems?

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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