Let's talk highlighters
There is something you should know about me: I L.O.V.E. stationery. It is a sort of special interest of mine and I am proud to say I could make you a pen recommendation for almost any need you have.
I have incorporated stationery into my practice as a teacher and as a support for neurodivergent students as well as disabled students. My hope with this post is to provide a few different ways you can incorporate highlighters into your practice that support students and you.
Sensory Note Taking Station
I got this idea from a website that specialised in disability education/special education needs and supplies. I ultimately formed my own way of doing it and my students have appreciated it. There are lots of ways to take notes and keep track of things in a classroom and some teachers require it done a certain way. I was one of the kids who, when I didn't understand a class or topic (*cough* Biology *cough*), would completely redo my notes at home using markers, stickers, highlighters, etc.
Whatever your practices and policies are regarding notes, some students have different needs and providing a sensory note taking station can support them! The idea is to support sensory needs (sight, sound, smell, etc.) through readily available stationery supplies. Here is what is in my cart (picture forthcoming as I don't have access to my classroom over the summer):
If a student needs supplies that support a limb difference or needs help gripping smaller objects this can help make the difference for them. Students should also be allowed to use a device when appropriate for note taking. I know that I prefer, for example, a paper notebook for my academic notes but I use my iPad (I use Notability) for professional notes/teaching notes, and I use Google docs for most professional brain storms. I also keep a variety of planners for different needs too (Plum planner, Google Calendar/Keep, and my bullet journal). It may seem excessive for some people, but for those who are neurodivergent it is an amazing experience.
Highlighters for Assessments
The other major way that I use highlighters is for assessments for students who need accommodations. While any student may need this for a variety of reasons, I've used this in the past to support students who:
I'd love more ideas to add to this! If you try using highlighters in this way, let me know how you use it!
Quick Assessment Ideas
These ideas are always evolving and you can find an up to date list of things here. While the list in this post is full of quick ideas you can start using TODAY, the link above includes ideas separated by issue ad concern.
I started compiling these ideas long before I made the decision to work towards a degree in and get certified in Special Education. Rather, these ideas came from seeing learning and assessing issues in my classroom and doing my own research in how best to fix the issues I saw. Below are some quick ideas that anyone can implement today:
Some supplies you may wish to have on hand to support those taking tests are:
This page is dedicated to my compilation of ideas and resources. You can find my sources either in these posts or listed under the other pages in this menu.