Disabled. This is how many people would describe my class. Some have Down’s Syndrome, OCD and ADHD, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments, and multiple disabilities.
Their abilities outshine their disabilities every single day.
My students surprise me with their tenacity. They shock me with their knowledge. They are changing stereotypes.
When I tell people what I do, I most often hear “WOW you must be so patient,” or “It takes a special person,” or even “I really admire you for doing that.” And truly I don’t agree with these comments! I do what I do for more selfish reasons than selfless, if I’m being truthful. My students bring ME joy. They don’t judge, they love unconditionally. They don’t hold grudges. They laugh and smile, ignoring my shortcomings and mistakes. They are my “why” and they keep me going.
So instead of “disabled,” please consider my students exceptional, unique and extraordinary.
In a special education classroom, reading, writing, and math aren't taught in conventional ways. My students need interactive materials they can manipulate with their hands. They need colorful visuals. They need materials that can outlast being grabbed, pulled, bent and even drooled on! This is how my students learn.
My students will use these interactive materials to learn vital life skills and reach their IEP goals in reading, writing, and math.
A class laminator and pouches will make our learning materials durable and long-lasting. Velcro allows my students to interact with with numbers, letters, colors, etc. as they match, sort, identify, and build. Storage pouches give our class a place to organize materials for easy student access.
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