My students are high school students empowered to do their best. Enrolled in a school for students with special needs, they are generally non-graded with ages ranging from 15-21 years old. Every student has an Individualized Education Plan where goals are written including their special needs. The cognitive level of students would range from K to grade 4! Of 6 students, one is nonverbal, while the rest needs push with their expressive and receptive communication. We are using Tech Talk devices, pictures, gestures and a lot of visual aids during instruction to ensure that there will be communication going on.
My students learn best through hands-on activities and use of materials that they can connect with.
I give them real-world settings through role-playing, field trips, work program involvement, and problem-solving opportunities.
They enjoy exploring materials laid down before them. The exploration process gives them the time to make the connection and to put meaning into their work because they are given the opportunity to touch, hear and see what they are learning. The use of all sensory in the learning process increases the chance of retention.
Our class will be participating in a STEM Fair at the end of this school year. We are thinking of building a community using LEGO materials including some robotics and use coding to power them up. Students will use their observation skills, collect data using the iPad, use their imagination to recreate their community and the effects it has in their life.
Coding will teach them critical thinking, follow directions, collaborate, cause and effect, problem-solving, communicate through the iPad and have the joy of accomplishment.
We are teaching them functional activities as part of our academics and these materials can help them make the connection to real-life situations. These students learn best when they are able to use all modalities during the learning process.
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