My students absolutely love learning. They walk into the classroom every day eager to dive into a new lesson. They always begin each day striving to do better than the last. They are constantly asking if they can read longer and do more work. Additionally, my students’ parents are extremely supportive and hardworking. They truly want the best for their kids and use our school as a resource.
I teach special education in a resource room with amazing students who come from a low-income neighborhood in Chicago where 98% of the students receive free breakfast and lunch.
Unfortunately, our school cannot meet all of their needs as we do not have the funding to buy the supplies to help them.
As a special education teacher, I am constantly setting goals for my students based on their current strengths and needs. However, no matter how well a goal is crafted and how much I have thought about a particular students before making his/her goal, in my experience, a student will not make as much progress as I had thought if he/she has not taken ownership of that goal.
As a result, I am a big believer in making sure students understand the goals they are working towards and the progress they are making.
Every week, I meet with students and assess them on their IEP goals and other goals surrounding their academic progress. After the assessment, I review the results with the student, and they graph the results on their goal trackers. By graphing the results, students are able to see a physical representation of their progress and are able to determine where they are and where they need to go. Through this practice, I had found that students are much more motivated to reach their goals and tend to progress more quickly towards them.
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