Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Unlocking Achievement Through Curriculum Modifications: A Path to Inclusive Education

    Curriculum modifications play a pivotal role in ensuring that every student, regardless of their unique needs and abilities, has the opportunity to thrive academically and socially. In an educational landscape that seeks to foster inclusivity, equity, and individualized learning, understanding and implementing curriculum modifications have never been more critical. 

    These modifications bridge the gap between students who may struggle with grade-level content and the broader educational objectives. They represent a powerful tool to transform accessibility into achievement, allowing educators to tailor their teaching approaches to cater to a diverse range of learners. 

    There is a simple method for unlocking academic achievement in the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Start with the grade-level lesson and then make adaptations in one (or more) ways:

    • Content: Teach grade-level lessons and adapt the content to align to the student's interests and developmental stage.
    • Instructional Method: Teach grade-level lessons and provide an instructional approach that is more appropriate to the student's ability level.
    • Conceptual Difficulty: Teach grade-level lessons and reduce the complexity of the lesson to align with the student's range of comprehension.
    • Educational Goals: Teach grade-level lessons and adapt the learning outcomes of the lesson to align with the student's IEP.

    Some examples of curriculum modifications include:

    • A fifth-grade student could learn about plant growth by planting a seed and observing its development over time, rather than delving into the plant's cellular functions.
    • The text in a class novel can be changed to better suit the reading level of the student. Use resources such as Newsela, chatgpt, or the Sherlock Center.
    • A grade-level math worksheet on fractions can be altered to teach number identification, addition, subtraction, or sequencing. Use resources such as SnapType to make quick, easy adjustments.
    • A grade-level lecture on cell-biology can be delivered via a list of developmentally appropriate FAQs. Use resources such as Curipod to create engaging instructional methods.

    1. For more ideas and strategies to modify curriculum, check out, Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Curriculum or bring me to your school! 


    1. Thank you for your post sharing all of these different resources. I am excited to trial some of these within my own classroom. While I am not working with students to modify their work from meeting the curriculum standards, I am adapting their work to meet their needs within the standards. I have been using Rewordify for texts in the classroom. I forgot about Newsela and am happy for the reminder. I will also be trialing SnapType thanks to your suggestions.

    2. Thank you for the resources. I truly believe that all students within an inclusion classroom gain benefits from being around peers who are considered "different". Teaching each child how to be empathic towards others and then seeing those results is what I love!