I am a teacher in a school for students with severe to profound mental challenges. I see that my students are faced with many obstacles both in and outside of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I keep my students engaged and provide them with creative and meaningful learning experiences that are age-appropriate. My students are creative, clever, and very spontaneous. They like to move and love lots of positive attention.
There are things that may prevent my students from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical".
From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hoping to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
My students make roughly 30 art projects a year in my class alone. They do a lot of hands-on learning in their other classes as well. I would like to be able to collect their work and send it home in a safe portfolio at the end of the school year so their families can see what they have done.
Being non-verbal, my students can't tell their parents what they did in school.
Having something to take their work home in besides being crushed in the bottom of their backpacks is a great way for them to answer that age-old parent question, "What did you do in school today?"
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