Beginning teachers often say that one of their greatest challenges in the classroom is meeting the needs of exceptional learners. As
most students with special needs are taught in general education classrooms (Lewis and Doorlag 2006), teachers new to this setting
may find that behavioral, academic, or physical problems presented by these students create a challenge to manage in order to avoid disrupting normal routines. Instructional time may be
Though these challenges exist, minimizing problems while optimizing learning is possible. Careful planning is essential. By following six strategies, new teachers can plan effective differentiated instruction.