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Targeted Skill Description Sample Class Activity

Skill Area
Study Skills/ Learning and independently Students are required to complete a task
Organization implementing such strategies as using analysis of a project, record realistic bench
a daily planner, recording benchmarks marks for progress of projects and have
for progress on projects, highlighting check in meetings.
relevant information, effective note
taking, pre reading strategies
Problem Solving Becoming independent thinkers in a Group project dilemma: the group must
variety of settings and situations. stand on a tablecloth on the floor and
Learning and implementing the steps without stepping off flip the cloth to the
to solve real- life as well as reverse side.
hypothetical problems individually
and in group settings.
Visual Spatial Organizing the visual world, visual Detect the subtle differences between two
Processing imagery, big picture thinking, almost identical pictures, virtual rubics
detailed-orientated thinking, patterns cube, carpet size Sudoku.
and sequences, understanding ones
relationship to one’s own body, the
body in relation to the environment.
Abstract The ability to see nuances of meaning, Social skills activities targeting the
Thinking weigh contradictory viewpoints, read understanding of the concepts: Integrity,
between the lines. loyalty, and fairness.
Motor Planning The ability to plan, organize, and Students design a multi step obstacle course
complete a series of movements that and navigate it either tied to a partner or
are directed towards a purpose. blindfolded.
Theory of Mind Understanding what others are Students complete a character analysis
thinking and feeling and responding graphic organizer of Boo from “To Kill a
appropriately Mockingbird” and through his words and
actions try to describe what he is thinking
and feeling.
Relaxation Understanding the causes and effects Students develop positive self talk, calming
of stress and anxiety and mantras, practice deep breathing with a
implementing effective strategies to balloon on their chest, follow relaxation
help reduce these effects scripts, use visualization, and doodle and
conduct to soothing music.

Targeted Skill Description Sample Class Activity


Skill Area
Public Speaking Students speak publically attending to Students draw an impromptu topic such as
fluency, tone, volume, style, eye polka dots out of a hat and must continually
contact, body posture, audience, and speak for 1 minute demonstrating effective
effective communication of message skills.
Assistive Various software programs are A student is designing an action plan project
Technology implemented through the regular revolving around environmental issues. He
curriculum content to provide visual, uses Kurzwiel to have hyper linked
auditory, and organizational supports information read to him and then imports
to allow for optimum success the information into Inspiration which
designs a template to organize it and
graphics are added. The information is then
converted to outline form and the student
formulates a letter to a local business.
Multiple Concepts are taught using a variety of Teaching a World War I concept through an
Intelligences input methods such as spatial, activity such as a song about Patriotism,
movement, logical, musical and role play military tactics demonstrating
interpersonal to accommodate for trench warfare, etc.
varying learning styles
Sensory Students learn strategies and Students’ regularly participate in sensory
Integration techniques to integrate their senses diet actives such as heavy lifting, deep
into a regulated state. They determine pressure, and movement. The goal is for
if they need to be calmed, alerted, or them to do so with increasing independence.
are feeling “just right;” for the task at Many use “tools” at their seats throughout
hand the day such as soft fabrics around their
neck and a textured seat cushion.
Accelerated Changing the rate of presentation, If a child is showing a strength and interest
Learning flexible individualized pacing on in a particular area, we have the flexibility
projects and assignments, content to give the student extra work in this area to
acceleration, etc. expand their knowledge base, let them help
the teachers or other students, etc.

Targeted Skill Description Sample Class Activity


Skill Area
Differentiated Students have multiple options for During a Math activity involving Sudoku
Instruction taking in information and making one student may use an “Evil” level, one
sense of ideas based upon individual may play a color coded version, another
learning and processing styles, varied may move his body around a rug size
groupings version, and yet another may use cartoon
characters rater than numbers.
Clustering Grouping students based upon Students cluster based on their individual
individual developmental levels and academic abilities.
learning styles
Transition Skills Effective communication, self Students role-play interviewing skills such
awareness, self advocacy, life skills, as a firm handshake, first impressions, eye
career skills and exploration, contact, expressing your interests, and how
understanding the supports and to make a graceful exit.
accommodations you may require
Self Directed Students work at own pace on self Students have the opportunity to deviate
Learning selected interests using the procedures from the standard Language Arts
best suited to their individual learning curriculum and demonstrate various goals
style. through self designed projects based upon
motivating subjects of choice
Process Learning Learning that focuses upon the whole “The process is more important than the
process of learning rather than the product”-Greenspan. For example a student
product, outcome, and “correct plans and creates a Science project for the
answer”. fair and it doesn’t work as planned. The
process was more important to the student’s
learning than the end result.
Consequential Thinking about what MIGHT happen After role playing the typical outcome of
Thinking next if a particular solution is carried “Three Little Pigs’” students rewrite the
out script with 3 alternative endings.
Gray area Avoiding black and white thinking- Students use visual rating scales to
Thinking developing subtlety, nuance, determine and understand their DEGREE of
comparing things by degrees anger over an arisen situation- fire breathing
mad or just a little irritated?

Targeted Skill Description Sample Class Activity


Skill Area
Debating Learning and practicing effective After gathering information on why Game
communication skills and providing cube is better than X Box, students provide
supporting details behind opinions points and rebuttals to effectively back their
established through research opinion. Playing devils advocate also is
helpful.
Authentic The use of alternative forms of Following a unit on the development of the
Assessment assessing progress and knowledge Space program students complete a graphic
such as portfolios, rubrics, and organizer and outline demonstrating
projects. Various learning styles can knowledge of sequence of events and their
be evaluated. impact.
Multi Causal Using indirect thinking and After reading “Lord of the Flies” students
/triangular relationships, perceiving events as use a rating scale to determine 3 factors that
Thinking having multiple reasons for may indicate why Ralph would make a
happening, there is more than one good leader on the island.
pathway to a desired solution
Visualize and The role of visual imagery in Write a script for relaxation. Detail a
Verbalize cognition, comprehension, writing peaceful setting using words to structure
your writing to get another person to be able
to understand what you see in your own
head
Auditory Decoding language, reading social Distinguishing between noises that are
Processing cues, multi step direction following, inside and outsized, near or far, playing
attending to communications category games while maintaining given
clap pattern, speech or movement in time
with metronome
Enrichment Advanced thinking
processes( analysis, evaluation
synthesis, independent study, alternate
learning activities

Targeted Skill Description Sample Class Activity


Skill Area
Self Awareness Gaining an understanding and Grown Up Show and Tell and tell- students
acceptance of your own strengths and bring in objects that symbolically represent
weaknesses their strengths and weaknesses such as a
light bulb for good ideas
Logic and Solving complex and abstract Solving large grid problems using clues
Critical Thinking problems using a system of reasoning
and deduction
Self Advocacy Students learn how to positively After choosing from a list of possible
represent themselves and have their supports they need to be successful in math,
needs met in an assertive and students role play speaking at an I.E.P.
respectful manner meeting and then attend the meeting.
Self Evaluation Rating and understanding personal Students view a rubric before completion of
performance on tasks and projects a science project to understand expectations,
using such tools rubrics and adapting rate themselves upon completion, followed
based upon this self-feedback. by an interview to identify areas of strength
Developing an internal standard. and weakness, then review areas to modify
in the future.
Body Daily calisthenics and weight training
Strengthening