My students come from all around the metro area. Half of them are from the low-income neighborhood near the school, and half of them transfer in to take advantage of our bilingual and fine arts programs. We are a Title I school with 100% free lunch. Our students come to me with diverse backgrounds and experiences, but they all deserve the best opportunity to learn!
My students are all on individual learning plans and have a wide variety of learning styles and needs.
They love hands-on exploration, project-based learning, and multi-sensory activities. All of them learn best when they have access to a variety of non-traditional methods, lessons, and materials. All of them need challenge and extra stimulation to do their best learning.
Have you ever felt different and completely out of place? Many students with special needs feel this way every day of their lives, especially students with skills that are advanced in some areas and not in others. Help my students build self-esteem and self-confidence by learning about role models and experiencing challenges that set them up for success. This project will not only explore individuality and uniqueness through reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature, but also provide hands-on problem solving experiences with the BreakoutEDU kits.
Using these tools, my students build resilience in a unique and powerful way.
Not only will they read and discuss stories about other children with unique traits like "Stargirl" and "Out of My Mind," they will also learn about successful adults who harnessed their differences and made a great impact on the world like Temple Grandin. Building on the lives of these wonderful role models, they will use the BreakoutEDU kits to solve riddles and challenges and celebrate their successes together. They will then have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and create puzzles for their peers! BreakoutEDU in combination with these stories will give them a memorable experience that will build their confidence in their abilities!
The culminating activity will be for my students will be to chose one person they have read about and become that person. They will write a report about their chosen unique person and then become them for a Night of the Notables character fair where they will perform for the school and their families. Having learned about people with unique abilities and challenges, and having explored their own unique abilities and challenges, students will be inspired to write about their role models and become them.
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