I teach a self-contained special education classroom where students have a diverse range of abilities and disabilities. All of my students are identified with Autism or a developmental disability, but that does not prevent them from doing their best. I am fortunate enough to have great parental support from my students' families.
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My students are in grades kindergarten through second and spend many years with me, so I really get to know what they need to perform their best learning. We also partner with other classes in our school for inclusion. We use a modified curriculum that teaches grade-level content at their level of understanding.
Research says 1/10th of the world is left handed. In my classroom, 1/3rd of my students are left handed and so is their teacher! Unfortunately I had to struggle in a right handed world, and I adapted and learned how to do many things with both hands (like cutting)
Today there are so many tools out there now, that my students don't have to struggle or feel left out (pun totally intended).
This project will help my students reduce their frustrations and feel included with their peers by having left handed scissors to cut with. Triangle shaped crayons, colored pencils and pencils will help my students hold the writing utensils in the right way helping it get enough pressure and glide across their paper smoothly. The pencil grips will change round pencils into triangular pencils or show them where to put their fingers and help them learn to hold the pencils the write way. The 3 ring binders are a teacher hack to create a slant board. By slanting their paper it helps with paper positioning and proper posture including the wrist and shoulder so a student does not get tired as easily.
All of these things will help my left handed (and the other right handed ones as well) be better writers with more legible writing. They will be able to take these tools into their inclusion classrooms as well so they can fully participate with their typically developing peers.
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