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Having students equipped
to meet any challenge in
the classroom
A toolbelt
includes all the
elements that will
help a student be
successful, no
matter their
“My advice to other disabled people would
be, concentrate on things your disability
doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t
regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be
disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -
Stephen Hawking
When creating a
toolbelt for a student
the teacher must
consider T.E.S.T
• Task
• Environment
• Skills
• Tools
 Ira Socol
What is the student required to do?
What do they need to accomplish?
What will it look like when it’s finished?

Where is the task taking place?
How much time is there to do it?
When does it need to be completed by?
What is the method to get the task done?
What are the student’s skills going into the task?
What are their strengths?
What are their stretches or weaknesses?
What is their attitude toward the task?
Which tools exist for this task?
Does the student have access to these tools?
Do they know how to use these tools?
Are these tools the best option for this student?
My Student’s Learner
My student Charley is a
dynamic learner.

Strengths Stretches
Medical disorder which
Strong sense causes seizures. (D
of science designation)
concepts. Charley takes ADHD
medication because
he struggles to stay on
Technologically skilled task.
in applications and Charley lives in a low
computer programs. socio-economic area and
struggles to eat nutritious
Advanced food.
vocabulary and Charley has difficulty
witty sense of managing emotions
humor. and communicating
with others

Creative drawer
and problem Charley struggles with
violent behaviour and
solver. aggressive language
What are the tasks Charley needs
to accomplish and how will he get
Steps to get there?

Tasks: 1. Use a habit tracker app on his

phone to incentivize positive
1. Communicate needs in an age- interactions with others. E.g. if you
appropriate and respectful way. get 3 days in a row without being
disrespectful you will earn
2. Transition from learning activities computer time.
or different environments safely
and without disturbing others. 2. Use music to signal transitions on
the board and on his phone.
3. Write out responses to show what
has been learned. 3. Use a digital timer to help with
4. Demonstrate understanding of
math facts by answering problems. 4. Speech to text technology to allow
for his ideas to be communicated.
5. Use website to
make math engaging by
incorporating technology and
Tools for Charley

Math games Text to Speech

Habit Tracker OneNote Learning Tools

Tools for Charley

Timers For Transitions Using Music as a cue

Mind Maps for planning

Using these tools will
allow for Charley to be
successful in all areas
that he struggles
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach,
maybe we should teach the way they
-Ignacio Estrada