I teach a group of sixth through eighth grade students in a Philadelphia public school in a high poverty area. My students are full of energy. They enjoy going outside and playing games. They love funny stories, comics, sports stories and biographies. My students can be competitive but are also compassionate and support each other.
I teach Life Skills Support Special Education.
The students in my class have an intellectual disability but more important they have unique personalities and strengths. They come to school ready to learn and try their best.
In our classroom, we learn English Language Arts and math. We also learn "Life Skills." We learn to communicate and cook. We learn social skills and talk about vocations and practice these pre- job skills. These students are learning the skills that will help them succeed outside the classroom.
The students in my classroom are on a variety of reading levels. It is important to have books that are on the students' individual levels. Having a leveled non-fiction library will allow students to read books independently to expand their knowledge independently. Literacy is a key skill for these students.
Many students in this class have difficulty finding books that interest them that they are able to read.
Many of the books on their independent reading level are written for younger students and do not hold their interest. The leveled non-fiction library and the use of CD players to read audiobooks will give the students access to information and great stories.
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