An essential aspect of successful teaching is communication between the teacher and the learners. However, math is hard! Communicating how to do mathematics is even more challenging! I have found a few little ways that have helped me communicate well with my students, making class run a bit more smoothly.
GUIDED NOTE PACKETS
This year, I devoted a lot of time to creating Guided Note Packets for every unit of every class. I began making rough drafts for these packets at the end of last school year. The packets include all of the notes for the unit, warm-ups, examples problems, and the homework (pages and exercises). I knew that these packets would greatly benefit my students with dyslexia and dysgraphia. However, I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on these packets from my general education students as well! They say it helps them study for the tests.
It is vital that students are given a clear view of what the class period is going to look like, and what the end objective is. Thus, everyday for each of my classes, I make a PowerPoint slide that displays the sequence of events for the class period as well as a "The Learner Will" statement (equivalent to an "I can" statement). This PowerPoint is left up for the duration of the class period so that they know what's coming up, and they are constantly reminded of what the objective of the class is!