As a Special Education teacher, our amazing students come from every walk of life. Our wonderful community is filled with hard-working families that support our school system as best they can with limited resources. Our population is largely military and transient.
I don't think of my students as special needs; I prefer limited edition!
We have a considerable population that includes disabilities ranging from autism, hearing impairments, learning differences, emotional disturbances, and intellectual difficulties, among others. We also have a considerable group of students that are learning English as their second language.
Our early readers need explicit, targeted instruction in word study through phonological awareness and vocabulary analysis. By using these resources, our students will gain skill sets that allow them to manipulate and comprehensively study words. Making time for word work is vital; it helps patterns and words move into long-term memory - an area often deficit is my special learners. Word knowledge activities and practice can help our learners become better readers, spellers, and writers.
Through word analysis, students realize that words are powerful things, meaningful tools.
Through hands-on manipulation (e.g., using the Aqua Doodle during Guided Reading, playing Scrabble Junior, or sorting Differentiated Word Sorts to build decoding/spelling skills) and utilizing book resources like Words Their Way and Making Words, my hope is that our learners will examine how words work and be on their way to becoming fully literate boys and girls.
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