Using Post-it Notes as AT
Using Post-it Notes is one of the best and flexible no-tech assistive technology. They can used for color coding, for pre-writing, for graphic organizing, for increasing participation, for supporting reading comprehension, for reminders, and for just taking notes.
Top 20 Ways to Use Post-It Notes to Support Reading
1) Have students write down words they don't understand while they are reading.
2) Have students write down interesting words to share with other students.
3) Have students write down characteristics of characters while they are reading.
4) Have students write about a conflict or a problem while reading.
5) Have students write about the resolution of a problem.
6) Have students write down questions they have while reading.
7) Have students write predictions while reading.
8) Have students write down themes in a story.
9) Have students write down with the page number facts, details or examples that support or question a theme.
10) Have students write down important facts while reading non-fiction.
11) If answering a worksheet, have students write down answers to questions.
12) Have students write reflections in the moment - this made me think.... I wonder.....
13) Have students draw images of what they visualize while they are reading.
14) Have students write down the setting of a story.
15) For non-fiction, have students summarize what is their purpose in reading the material, what are they trying to learn?
16) Have students summarize what they learned.
17) Have students write about important events in a story.
18) Have students write about connections to the story.
19) Have students write about a favorite part of the story.
20) Have students complete a word search for the most interesting type of word such the best descriptive adjective.
21) Have students use the "Read, Cover, Remember" strategy - students read a page, cover the page and write on their sticky note what they remember.
A few ideas to Support Writing with Post-It Notes
1)The Sticky Note Pre-write Strategy developed by HIAT
2) Have students write a few interesting ideas they have every day on a sticky notes to start a writing idea bank.
3) Use colored stickies to support Step Up To Writing that students can pre-organize their ideas.
Typically students with learning differences struggle with writing, especially organization and editing. By using post-it notes, students can move and organize their ideas before they put them to paper, which increases their organization and decreases the need for re-writing with pen and paper.