Our School has the highest population of Special needs students in the district including students on the autism spectrum. Hands on activities are imperative to accommodate the diverse learning styles. With varied social and emotional needs, students could benefit from materials that will enhance their personalized creativity and help them to develop a positive attitude toward learning as well as boosting their self esteem.
As teachers, we never know who our students will become, we can only nurture who they are now.
We are in need of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics materials. I am looking to create a MakerSpace for students to explore and create projects using a variety of STEAM materials that will engage them and help them develop their emerging abstract learning skills. I added in the wobbly chairs to encourage my special needs students by adding in a sensory component to the space.
Students who are excited by learning become better learners and making learning fun and challenging develops a positive mindset and increases self esteem.
These STEAM projects will help my students become out-of-the box thinkers and provide them the opportunity to experience failures as a stepping stone not a road block to success.
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