4. Children with special needs benefit from instruction in which their progress is monitored regularly and adjustments made as needed
Children learn at various rates. Keeping track of the progress of children with special needs through regular monitoring helps ensure that they are learning efficiently. Based on information gained from monitoring, instruction can be adjusted, extra assistance can be given, or reteaching can occur. Children also like to monitor their own progress and set their own goals. Progress monitoring strategies include:
- One-minute timed reading and writing activities collected on a regular schedule.
- Portfolios in which the children place their best work and a list of their accomplishments.
- Quick checking of learning such as having children read the words posted on the word wall for monitoring word recognition.
- Self-monitoring progress charts for books read, spelling, vocabulary, and sight words learned that the children keep – to track their progress.
- Rubrics with the major features such as setting, characters, problems, etc. to judge the quality of children’s oral language and the content of retellings.
- Questioning that requires children to think aloud so that their thinking processes become visible to the teacher (e.g., tell me how you figured out that word. Show me how you got that answer.)
- Anecdotal notes of observation when children are involved in reading – strengths, weaknesses, interests, work habits. These notes can be written on sticky notes and attached to work.