I have a group of 9 students with special needs. The children are diverse learners with a wide variety of skills and abilities. Though the age group is second and third grade, each child performs at a different level in a variety of content areas. Our classroom is a showcase of gifts; each learner brings something unique and powerful to the table, and I am excited to build on these gifts and have the children share them with their peers in the rest of our school community.
See the able, not the label!
Since my students are all labeled as students with autism, it is important for our community to see past that. Each and every one of these children are so much more than the word "autism." These learners can tell, show, explain, and teach each other and me a lot about the world. Through their learning experiences, each child can explore and thrive in the world safely and successfully with our help!
Vocabulary is a HUGE part of the curriculum in my classroom. Since I work with students with autism, many of the goals we work towards involve sight words, grade level words, commonly spelled words and using new vocabulary for communication. Having a big word wall and words to put on the wall would strongly support these goals.
My students are visual learners, what better than a physical and visual word wall?
Last year, I purchased 32 cork squares, each measure 1 square foot. I used the adhesive to attach the cork to the wall, and then stapled in the letters of the alphabet and many words for the wall. However, due to humidity, and the weakness of the adhesive, almost all of the squares had fallen down by June.
So, as a replacement (and improvement), I'm asking for one large magnetic white board, and 3 sets of magnetic words to put on the wall for all of my students to see and have access to all day long.
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