An In-Depth Guide for Teaching Strategies for Special Populations

 Today’s CTE classrooms are filled with students of every ability, from diverse backgrounds and experiences creating even more demand for teachers to provide effective, well-designed lessons to meet students’ individual needs. iCEV understands how difficult it can be to provide accommodations, modifications, and extensions on top of all the other plates you juggle as a CTE educator.

To help ease the challenge of meeting the needs of every student, iCEV has created a resource to help teachers develop strategies to help all students find success in CTE classes. The guide includes an overview of the different special population groups, effective differentiated instruction strategies and customization features for special populations students on the iCEV platform. In this blog iCEV will share a glimpse into its Teaching Strategies for Special Populations Guide to share resources and strategies for ensuring impactful CTE learning experiences for all types of learners.


Reference Materials

Taking time to learn about and understand the individuals and communities we serve as CTE educators is a critical first step in ensuring impactful CTE education for all. Special populations students are defined as students who must overcome barriers to reach equity and access to equal opportunity for success in an educational setting. In the Teaching Strategies for Special Populations Guide, CTE educators will find a table with special populations terms to become acquainted with the diverse types of special populations students. When an educator identifies or is made aware of a special populations student in their classroom knowing the correct terminology is the first step in being able to best support your student.


The second reference material found in the Teaching Strategies for Special Populations Guide is a table displaying the differences between accommodations and modifications. Applying differentiation in the classroom often adds work to a teacher’s already overloaded plate. Many teachers find teaching different assignments simultaneously challenging, mostly because it creates inequalities in grading. To help educators understand the most effective differentiation strategy for their student it’s important to understand how different types of differentiation strategies work.


Teaching Strategies

Found inside the Teaching Strategies for Special Populations Guide, educators will find a wide variety of classroom management, differentiation strategies as well as vocabulary and note taking strategies to help your special populations student thrive in their education. The guide shares, establishing a daily routine is important to effective classroom management. By establishing a routine early, teachers will be able to focus less on classroom management and more on building relationships and delivering content.


The guide also explores a multitude of differentiation strategies and alternatives for common assignments. Teachers can easily fall into a routine, asking students to do the same projects or presentations throughout the year. To keep the attention of teenagers and better engage all learning styles, occasionally change up the routine and assign a new activity. The special populations guide offers a wide variety of ideas for alternative activities and assessments including going from traditional essay writing and research to podcasting and film. There is more than one way to teach students and by changing up your strategies you will not only support special populations students but better engage your entire classroom. Download the guide to view innovative approaches to CTE teaching.


iCEV Customizations

iCEV has a variety of customization options, many of which are unknown to frequent and even long-time users. Special Population students’ needs require you to incorporate a variety of accommodations, modifications, and extensions into your lessons. As an iCEV subscriber, you have access to every lesson found within your course subject area and are able customize a course to fit the needs of an entire class or a single individual. For example, if you have an English Language Learner (ELL) these students often need more time to master concepts. By using iCEV’s customization features the CTE teacher of the ELL student can easily create a custom course with the appropriate differentiations to allow the student ample time to learn in a way that works best for them.


Alongside customization features, the iCEV platform also offers educators the ability to modify lesson and visibility settings. Much like other settings, lesson visibility determines which lessons students can and cannot see. This feature comes in handy when pacing students who move through content quickly as well as other students who become overwhelmed when faced with many lessons at once.


Ensuring special populations students are supported throughout their academic experiences is of utmost importance as CTE educators aim to provide impactful and effective learning for all students. Download the full Teaching Strategies for Special Populations Guide for FREE by clicking the button below and stay tuned for more resources and strategies for helping all students find success in CTE.


About the Author


After serving as a Texas FFA state officer in 2018, Josh Witherspoon joined the iCEV team as a part-time employee for almost 3 years before taking on the role of content development specialist in 2022. Witherspoon holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University, in which his experience and proficiency in writing, marketing and CTE allow him to effectively communicate the successes of CTE educators and students and the value iCEV has to offer.