Watch a Live Example of Differentiated Instruction Used to Teach Work-ready & Social Skills in an Autistic Support Class
If you step inside of any special education classroom in the United States you will quickly observe that it's filled with people who possess varied and unique learning abilities. This is especially true in an autistic support classroom.
The fact that every person with a cognitive disability is able to learn, but in their own unique way, makes differentiated instruction more than just a 'nice to have' but an imperative to successfully transition students to their independence.
Here's a live look at a special education teacher using differentiation strategies to teach the context of technology in the workplace
In this video, you'll see Dawn Geiger, a special education teacher at Roxborough High, use differentiated instruction and Digitability in her autistic support classroom to address the varied academic, social and emotional needs of her students.
As you can see, the amazing students in Dawn's class are smiling, laughing and having fun together. This is a result of Dawn's use of differentiation to create an inclusive educational environment. Using the Digitability Curriculum, Dawn delivers instruction on technology and social and emotional capacity building to empower her students and prepare them for success in our tech-driven workplace. Dawn and Roxborough High School are truly setting a standard for a strategic approach to differentiated instruction in education.
Free Special Education Professional Development Resource: Differentiated Instruction Examples
To help you learn more about using differentiated instruction, you can get a free professional development PDF that contains a number of real differentiated instruction examples and usable resources from the Digitability program.
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If you support people with cognitive disabilities transitioning to their independence with work-ready and social skills, please share the link to this post on your social media or through email to advocate for those who need it. When you advocate for one person with a disability, you are advocating for everyone.
This story was written by David Cohen, Digitability’s Digital Marketing Director. David is an advocate for tearing down the walls and bureaucracies that prevent people with cognitive disabilities from gaining their independence in our tech-driven economy.