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1. Find a list of word endings, keywords, etc., that the student will practice listening for when someone is speaking.
2. Provide oral questions and instructions that involve only one concept or step. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of ideas or steps presented in oral questions and instructions.
3. Move the student away from other students who may interfere with their capacity and ability to pay attention to directions, explanations, and instructions.
4. Teach the student listening skills (e.g., listen carefully, write down essential points, ask for clarification, wait until all instructions are received before beginning, etc.).
5. Utilize demonstrations along with the presentation of information.
6. Scan all learning materials for new words. Utilize simple terms when possible. Teach new vocabulary and give practice through the application.
7. Provide concrete illustrations and hands-on experiences to reduce abstractions.
8. Show a new concept by relating it to previously presented information.
9. Develop or acquire manuals with simple definitions of technical vocabulary, simple vocabulary and sentence structure, step-by-step instructions, and diagrams or images.
10. Sequence known ideas with skills or ideas not learned to enable the recognition of relationships to new skills and ideas.
11. Spotlight the essential facts in reading content.
12. Rewrite instructions at an appropriate reading level for the student.
13. Show ideas using the student’s most efficient learning mode.
14. Give the student a written copy of the content presented orally.
15. Give the student an oral presentation of content if they have difficulty with the written presentation of ideas.
16. Record the presentation of new ideas. Let the student listen to it as often as appropriate.
17. Select a peer to repeat the presentation of ideas to the student when they do not understand.
18. Get the student to be a peer tutor to teach units of information they have learned to another student.
19. Create tests and exams for the student using the “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” format.
20. Get the student to listen and take notes for “Who, What, Where, On occasions where, How, and Why” when ideas are presented.
21. Get the student to take notes using semantic mapping methods.
22. Give the student the information they need (e.g., list of facts, a summary of essential points, outline of essential activities, etc.) to enable learning.
23. Show ideas following the (1) Who, (2) What, (3) Where, (4) On occasions where, (5) How, and (6) Why outline.
24. Use digital storytelling to help struggling students grasp new concepts.
25. Use gamification to help struggling students grasp new concepts.