My students are such an amazing group of beings. We embody truth, diversity, and the culture of our school community. We are a classroom of 17 special education students, with mild to moderate disabilities, ranging from 3rd-5th grade. Most of my students struggle with the self-confidence to maintain day to day learning norms. Even through this, they are still so excited to learn.
When asked what they wanted to learn this year, they said "Multiplication, I want to learn about animals!" The entire class agreed on science.
Whenever I tell them we are transitioning from English to Math they cheer. It is so important to teach, acknowledge, and listen to what my students feel most confident about.
As a first-year teacher, having the correct tools to teach math is so important. Teaching special education students, means constantly finding non-traditional ways for them to learn. One of the best ways is hands-on learning. This is how the math starter kit will help.
My students learn best when learning is in relationship to their everyday lives.
When they can actually apply math concepts to their day to day experience. My first-year teacher math starter kit will give my students the hands-on tools to do this. The kit will include multi-colored base ten blocks, in which they will use to understand the relationships between numbers and counting, hundred boards, in which they can write everyday numbers from 1 to 100, and geoboards, in which they will use rubber bands to make and understand shapes. All of these tools allow my students to have the hands-on experience to make math concepts a reality.
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