I currently teach 3 separate classes (8th grade, 7th grade and 9-12th grade curriculum assistance classes). My goal is to make sure my students can access the general curriculum by making sure they are supported in learning skills from previous years that they have yet to master. All of my students have a disability, or what I like to call "an ability to learn differently." I work with students primarily with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism.
In this class, all students are striving to reach different goals, fit in, and feel normal.
We spend time talking about math and reading, social and leadership skills, and how to be a self-advocate. All of my students have dreams we are working to reach. With the hard work and dedication put into these classes, the sky's the limit.
My students come from diverse backgrounds, and I unfortunately see the affect their home life has on them everyday in the classroom. They constantly put themselves down or completely avoid assignments, thinking they can't do it.
On top of this, my students are struggling to understand how to work with their disability in order to be successful.
My classroom provides the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. I have more opportunities to work individually with students on their own goals and areas of needs. My students are motivated by things they know they can reach. I make sure they have simple goals so they feel successful with each small victory and will be less likely to give up.
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