Teaching Strategies for Special Populations

Classrooms today are filled with students of every ability, creating even more demand for teachers to provide effective, well-designed lessons for each and every student. iCEV understands how difficult it can be to provide accommodations, modifications and extensions on top of other job requirements.

To help ease the challenge of meeting the needs of every student, we have created a resource to help teachers develop strategies to help all students find success in CTE classes. The resource also includes an overview of the different special population groups, as well as describing the differences between accommodations and modifications. The Teaching Strategies for Special Populations resource includes the following strategies:

Customization Strategies

iCEV has a variety of customization options. Special Population students’  needs require you to incorporate a variety of accommodations, modifications and extensions into your lessons. Utilize iCEV’s vast amount of customization options to get the most out of your subscription and support all your students. Customization strategies include:

  • Customize a Course
  • Adjust Course Settings
  • Modify Lesson Visibility
  • Utilize Student Licenses


Classroom Management Strategies

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 content. Strategies include activities to maintain or improve:

  • Structure & Routine
  • Participation
  • Grouping


Differentiation Strategies

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 make differentiation easier, strategies include:

  • Ability Based Activities
  • Self-Paced Learning Activities
  • Customized Assessments and Coursework


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, occasionally change up the routine and assign a new activity. Alternatives are provided for:

  • Writing a Research Paper
  • Creating a PowerPoint® Presentation
  • Making a Poster


Vocabulary Strategies

One of the most important things to remember about vocabulary is it cannot be taught in isolation (i.e., reading terms from a list without putting them into context). For struggling students comprehension of vocabulary is key to understanding the concept. This is especially true in CTE courses where students are often introduced to brand new terms. Strategies to teach vocabulary include:

  • Creating Physical Copies of Vocabulary Terms
  • Using Interactive Activities
  • Playing Review Games


Student Notes

Every iCEV lesson provides fill-in-the-blank notes for students to work on as they progress through the content. Different students learn in different ways. ,Not every student is going to benefit from the notes iCEV provides; they need notes with varying requirements. Note-taking strategies include:

  • Doodle Notes/Sketches
  • Outline
  • Cornell Note Taking


Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers are designed to help students gain a better understanding of the material. They can be used as supplemental material or built into the lesson as teaching material. Many teachers implement graphic organizers in lessons frequently. Options of graphic organizers include:

  • Four Corner Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary List
  • One Page Take Away
  • Comparison Chart
  • Cornell Note Taking


Are you interested in learning more about the teaching strategies for special populations?

Click here to download the entire Teaching Strategies for Special Populations resource.


Learn how iCEV can help address the specific needs of special population groups in these blog posts:

Special Populations & iCEV: Definitions 

Special Populations & iCEV: Non-Traditional Fields 

Special Populations & iCEV: Economically Disadvantaged

Special Populations & iCEV: English Language Learners

Special Populations & iCEV: Accommodations, Adaptations & Modifications 

Special Populations & iCEV: Individuals with Disabilities 

Special Populations & iCEV: Gifted & Talented Students 

For more information regarding teaching special populations, contact Morgan Dixon, iCEV Education Specialist, via email at morgan.dixon@cevmultimedia.com or call her at 806.745.8820.