My school serves a community of students from diverse backgrounds. Our school's mission is to help all students grow both academically and individually. I teach a group of individuals with mild/moderate learning disabilities. The students each have an individualized learning plan. Many are working on academic skills and others are working on functional and social/behavioral goals.
Each day, the students challenge themselves to be better than the day before.
While diverse, our community is a high-poverty urban area. This places a financial burden on parents and schools that is difficult to meet.
The ability levels of the students are as varied as the students' personalities. We use various teaching strategies such as direct instruction, cooperative learning, and individualized lessons to meet the needs of all of the students. They are a great group of kids and I'm proud to lead the class.
These graphic novels and technology accessories will help my students access literature that is difficult for them to enjoy. In this class of students with mild/moderate learning disabilities, reading is a subject area that is challenging. The students want so badly to read and share stories with their grade-level peers.
My students gravitate towards picture books or comic books rather than chapter books.
Currently, our reading curriculum at the intermediate grades includes long passages and essays with multiple paragraphs. This is a bit discouraging for struggling readers. However, graphic novels build the confidence they need to continue to strive for achievement.
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