Academic Strategies & Interventions

(Also refer to checklists on ‘Modification of Assignments & Curriculum’, and ‘Instructional Interventions and Accommodations’ and other resources for more academic strategies.)

  • Teach prerequisite skills needed to do grade level/classroom work.
  • Structure seat work to include activities to reinforce learning that can be done successfully at student’s independent level and grade level activities with a peer partner.
  • More time daily engaged in reading at instructional level
  • More time daily engaged in reading at independent level
  • Direct, systematic instruction to build skills in area(s) of identified weakness
  • Consult with special education teacher/other staff for strategies and suggestions in how to teach concepts/skills in a different way.
  • Increase use of visuals, charts, models, exemplars for easy student reference.
  • Use of multisensory techniques to present information, cue students, and aid in learning of all content areas
  • Supplement instruction using alternative approaches to teaching the concept/skill.
  • Increase student use of manipulatives and tools of technology to learn skills and concepts and reinforce learning.
  • Utilize books on tape – student listens and follows along in text.
  • Teach active reading strategies (i.e., SQ3R), summarizing, identifying main ideas, story grammar skills.
  • Allow use of calculators, graph paper to align numbers, charts, manipulatives, and other aides for math.
  • Teach math facts using mnemonics to make rhymes.
  • Set math facts to music and practice at regular intervals.
  • Provide several process examples in math.
  • Increase instruction to explicitly teach: the writing process, prewriting strategies, handwriting, coherent and expanded sentence/paragraph writing, written organization, mechanics, editing.
  • Modify written work requirements (e.g., shorten assignment, allow student to dictate responses, allow to print rather than write in cursive).