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Teaching Strategies

Teacher reading to her class

In-Class Strategies:

  • Post lecture notes/outlines on the web.
  • Provide a detailed syllabus prior to the first class.
  • Repeat crucial concepts several times in lectures.
  • Allow the use of a dictionary, computer spell check or calculator on exams.
  • Read aloud material written on overhead or chalkboard.
  • Offer students extra credit to share copies of their notes with other students.
  • Offer an alternative space or quiet room to take exams, when possible.
  • Allow flexibility on assignment deadlines.
  • Design tests to take 60% of the class period so time is less of a factor.
  • Provide an outline of each lecture with space between sections for notes.
  • Allow students with test anxiety to start exams before the rest of the class.
  • Use visual aids, discussion, and hands-on examples wherever possible in lectures.
  • Provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge, such as oral response, demonstrations, portfolios or group work.


Additional Resources:

Center for Advancement of Learning - Learning Strategies Database, Muskingum College

Appropriate Language - how to remove bias in language as it relates to language referring to persons with disabilities.

ClassAct - DeafTec – Improving existing teaching practices by enhancing access to instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in mainstream postsecondary classrooms.

Effective Tutoring Practices with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Foreign Language Instruction - Tips for Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Academic Advising - Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - is a set of principles that can be incorporated into curricular design to create inclusive learning environments.