Teacher Conference Materials

This is one of many free teaching resources shared from a recent teacher’s conference.  You can find the complete list of resources here.

Different Instruction for Struggling Learners


  • Participants will have a greater understanding of characteristics of struggling learners.
  • Participants will be introduced to ways to differentiate instruction for struggling learners.
  • Participants will be shown how to implement accommodations & modifications for struggling learners.


  1. Struggling learners
  2. Definition                 B. How to differentiate-assess, take data


  1. Differentiated Instruction—Work smarter, not harder

Whole (or small) group strategies

  1. Assess, assess, assess and adapt instruction based on assessments
  2. interview students
  3. exit cards
  4. one sentence summaries
  5. individual white board answers
  6. thumbs up/thumbs down
  7. Kahoot! and other websites
  8. Build prior knowledge and pre-teach vocabulary
  9. Target the different senses within a lesson
  10. Teach strategies for increasing attention/focus
  11. SLANT:

S—Sit up

L—Lean forward

A—Ask and answer questions

N—Nod your head

T—Track the teacher

  1. b) Brain breaks
  2. c) Foster curiosity-save the best for last
  3. d) Use storytelling or other “hooks”
  4. Tiering Lessons:
  5. a) Learning Stations/Task Cards
  6. b) Flexible grouping & Peer grouping
  7. c) Varied graphic organizers
  8. d) Choice Board Activity or Menu Planner
  9. e) websites such as ReadWorks.org
  10. Anchor Charts
  11. Think-Pair-Share
  12. Think Alouds
  13. Visual Maps/Models


Individual Strategies

Fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful.

  • Accommodations (changes made to help the student fully access the curriculum)
  1. preferential seating in the classroom (where the student is placed in relation to the teacher or board)
  2. organizational help
  3. extended time to finish assignments
  4. special paper-note taking paper or raised lined paper
  5. special seating
  6. fidget items
  7. visual supports
  8. chunking/taking small breaks
  9. directions read aloud and student demonstrates understanding
  • Modifications (for those who need the learning expectations reduced)
  1. fewer items assigned
  2. assignments adjusted to their level
  3. rewording, explaining test directions
  4. reduce the amount or complexity of what the student has to know


  1. Conclusion & Resources

ldonline.com   – an organization dedicated to information on learning disabilities


googleclassroom.com   and GAFE app

tophat.com    manage classroom engagement, assignments, tests, etc.





Readworks.org     Has differentiated texts that cover the same concepts

readingrockets.org      Lots of great reading ideas and support

https//kahoot.it       fun, engaging, adaptable learning quizzes/assessment

quizlet.com      online flashcards/quizzing/friendly competitions




25 Anchor Charts That Nail Reading Comprehension

pbisworld.com – A site for evidence based practices for behavior challenges, includes forms

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