Imagine coming to school ready to learn, but the lessons go too fast and you struggle to complete your work. School seems to become more difficult as the work gets harder. You have a passion for learning and growing, but you need extra time and practice to understand what you are learning. You are inquisitive and smart, but not everyone understands you.
For many of my students, school is their safe space.
School provides consistency and the guidelines my students thrive on. I teach at a Title 1 school in which most families live below the poverty line. My students are often seen as different because of their socioeconomic status, but also because they have a disability. My students are brilliant and inquisitive, but they learn a little different than most kids.
I will being teaching a separate needs classroom this year and need to create individualized task boxes for each of my students along with create an environment that is organized and welcoming to my new students. By reducing the harsh light from the florescent lights I can help my students feel more comfortable.
My students are eager to learn and become independent individuals.
By creating task boxes that include laminated assignments I can help my students practice independence and master skills. Task boxes are individualized to help each student practice and learn skills that are academic and functional. Mastering these skills is a daily task for each of my students. By using velcro I can aid my students develop fine motor skills with reduced teacher assistance. My students will feel successful as they complete tasks independently and build their knowledge basis.
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