My students need puzzles, manipulatives, books, a timer and calculators so that they can work independently.
Do you remember what it was like to not know how to read or write? My students require visuals, manipulatives and other supports to accompany everything they are learning about and allow them to work independently.
My students attend a public District 75 school in the Bronx.
Their grade levels range from 5th through 8th grade, but are on Kindergarten through 3rd grade academic levels and need a lot of extra support to catch up in all academic areas. My students are all very energetic and excited by the prospect of graduating and being able to live and work independently. They acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses and are motivated to learn math, reading, writing, and the other necessary skills so that they can fulfill this dream.
My students are significantly behind grade level but all love school and desperately want to learn. I am requesting low level reading books so even my non and emerging readers can engage with books independently. I am requesting puzzles so my students can work on their visual and motor skills. I am requesting other manipulative games so students can work on their fine motor skills. Finally, I am requesting calculators so students can learn how to use math in the way we often do in the modern world. While my students are behind academically, it is important that they learn and are given the independence that a middle school should have. This is important for their socialization and their confidence.
As a special education teacher a lot of my time is devote to assessing my students.
Additionally because my students needs are so varied, I often need to work with them 1:1 or in small groups. As a result it is important that my students have appropriate activities and skills to work more independently and to make effective use of the time when this is logistically required.
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