I teach in a K-2 ESE classroom working with students with special needs and have the best students in the world! Our K-8 school is a Title I school, with the majority of the students in the school receiving free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch daily.
Our school has roughly 700 students, and its diverse population includes a large number of students from military families and has the second highest number of ESE students with special needs in our district.
The high number of military families in the community causes a high transiency rate with families coming and leaving every couple years. The school is considered high poverty by the state and has some displaced students while others are homeless. Being Title I, it is imperative to provide a quality learning environment for each and every student in order to give them all equal opportunities to learn. Our students want to be the best they can be and more! I strive to help my students achieve this and provide them with the best opportunities to learn.
My students in my classroom benefit from social skills instruction and learning how to properly interact in school, social, community, and home settings. Our classroom lacks age appropriate games to provide the students with the opportunity to interact with others in turn taking, winning/loosing situations, and working as a team. The games, Monopoly JR, Spot it, Connect 4, and Jenga, will provide my students with hands on activities to develop their social skills as well as adding academic critical thinking skills in while having fun. The puzzles and stem activities will provide my students with the social skills of sharing and turn taking. The social skills books will allow me to provide resources to my students that have visuals to provide better understanding of the social skills being taught.
My students need social skills books, social games and hands-on activities to improve their understanding of social situations and interacting with their peers, teachers, and people in their communities.
These games, activities, and books will provide my students with so many more opportunities to put learned social, problem solving, and communication skills into action while interacting with their peers and teachers. Many times my students do not understand verbal lectures/discussions, and these items will provide them with interactive activities in order to learn social skills, feelings, and appropriate choices. These games, activities, and books will give my students the opportunity to implement important social skills they have learned as well as learning new social skills throughout the school day.
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