My students are the why to my job. I wouldn't go to work every day if it wasn't for my students. This next year will be my first year as an intensive behavior teacher. These students are in my room because they struggle socially and emotionally and are on an IEP to be in a more secluded setting. This is due to the fact that many have endured an extensive amount of trauma, especially in neglect. All students at my school receive free breakfast and lunch. We also send home Harvester's over the weekend to many students to ensure students have something to eat.
These needs require a variety of materials that will help them cope and it is up to me to create an environment they feel safe and comfortable in.
From my prior experience in general education, many times the kiddos who cause the most issues are the kids who need your love the most. I want to show these students that they are worth it and they deserve an education. I want them to enjoy coming to school every day. Most of all, I want them to
Many of these resources will be used to help me set up this intensive behavior program. This will be the first time the intensive behavior classroom will be included at our school and I am responsible for furnishing it. Therefore, I am trying to set up a calm environment where they feel safe. I am also trying to ensure their basic needs are being met before I ask them to learn. Therefore, I am asking for materials like yoga mats and blankets for them to lay down on when they didn't get enough sleep the night before. I also am wanting to utilize lamps instead of overhead lights to create a more calming environment.
These resources will also help them develop some of the social and emotional skills that they struggle with.
These students often do not leave the intensive behavior classroom. They may be in my room all day without going outside to recess or going to PE. Consequently, I need some resources to help them still get some of that movement out. The games will aid in the development of their social skills by having them work with peers and adults. My students need help with taking turns, interacting with others, and even how to appropriately lose at games.
Many of my students have struggled in general education settings. Many haven't had pleasant learning experiences. I would like to change this for them by creating an environment they feel safe in and can help meet their basic needs.
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