My classroom has a variety of different disabilities and functioning abilities, but my students join together to create a community where all are welcomed and valued.
Despite our differences in disabilities, languages, cultures and challenges of life, a love of learning unites us all.
In my class, I teach a group of students classified with multiple disabilities including Down Syndrome, Autism, blindness, and intellectual delays. I have students from third to sixth grade in my room, who have a wide range of learning styles and abilities. Five of my students come from Spanish-speaking homes. The way my students communicate varies from picture cards, pointing, gesturing, and making noises. No matter the background, my students come to school ready to learn!
These iPads will help my students be able to diversify their learning strategies. With COVID-19, my students have had to do a lot of online work at home when schools have been shut down. This is difficult for students with significant disabilities, like my students, to navigate. Having access to iPads in the classroom will help them become more familiar with learning through technology and ultimately improve any online learning they need to do.
These iPads will help enhance my students' abilities to learn through different methods while helping them also see that learning can be fun!
Having access to a variety of learning methods will improve not only our classroom learning, but give my students a greater ability to cope with these changing times.
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