What keeps students engaged in school? There are many factors, from the curriculum to the school culture, from accessibility to opportunity and more. But one key component is whether we’re meeting students where they are. This is especially true for students with disabilities, but the idea applies to all our students.

In this guide, BetterLesson coach Emma Siesfeld presents seven common student challenges, from attention difficulty to rising frustration and negative thought cycles.  She then offers simple, effective strategies to address these challenges, showing how they work in different learning environments. This allows educators to transition their fundamental teaching strategies between learning modalities.

This guide is for teachers, instructional coaches, and instructional leaders who want actionable advice to keep students engaged and learning.