I teach in a Special Education classroom and have 11 students with mixed abilities and interests. These students are with me all day long minus the exception of 90 minutes of inclusion in the General Education classrooms, specifically for Social Studies and Science.
I want to incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are!
As my students make gains inside of my classroom, they begin to try small chunks of the day with their typically developing peers. My classroom is about building skills to get included. The work we do in this classroom is building relationships, staying with the group, following directions, and accessing general education content in different ways. We will celebrate little wins together each and every day!
A kidney-shaped table would be very beneficial for the students in my classroom. I teach 9th grade at a High School, and many of the students in my classroom are struggling readers.
Reading is an area in which students cannot afford to be struggling because problems in reading often carry over into other subject areas and into real-life problems.
Reading is also an essential part of everyday life. Because of the importance of reading, much of the day in my classroom will be spent on reading intervention, in which small group instruction is a necessity. However, without the proper materials, small group instruction can be difficult. It is hard to meet with a group of 5 students gathered around a group of desks and be accessible to each child. It is also hard for students to stay on task in this sort of situation, which makes improving students' reading skills more difficult.
A kidney-shaped table would help with this dilemma. The benefit of this type of table is that the teacher is within an arm's reach of each student. Children are more focused when they are in close proximity to the teacher, and when children are focused, they are able to make greater strides in gaining the reading, math, and writing skills in which they are lacking.
Your help will ensure that my students are given every available advantage in gaining the reading skills needed to become successful readers.
Think about how much you use your iPad or iPhone? I am requesting 1 iPad for the classroom. Having an iPad in the classroom will allow my students the opportunity to use apps specifically created to help develop reading, math and writing skills. Having a dedicated classroom iPad would give my students the ability to access technology and multimedia!
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