My students need a nice computer speaker, large colorful washable ink pads, washable paint-dot markers, adhesive velcro dots and strips, magnetic tape, air dry clay, play doh, play doh letter set.
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I teach and learn along side visually impaired 3rd-5th moderate to severe multiple disabilities children. My students are part of the 20% of our schools population who are in special ed and or visually impaired. We are a Title I school where 80% of the students receive free or discounted meals.
In my classroom we focus on community, collaboration, and independence.
My students are unique. They all have bright spirits that shine and sparkle everyday. My students are differently-abled and express their talents daily in the classroom in different ways.
Some use American sign language with verbal sentences. Some use alternative forms of communication such as a large button with a recorded saying and others simply tell me with their words.
My students also read & write differently from each other. Some read braille and use a braille writer to write. Others use large high contrast print with thick lines to learn their words and letters.
We are a class of critical thinkers with all abilities. We root for each other daily to see growth and change in everyone.
Our Mottos are: Making mistakes are proof that we are trying and everything new in school is hard at first.
Hi! This is my first project on Donors Choose. It also happens to be my first year teaching. I teach special education for the visually impaired moderate-severe population 3rd-5th at my school. I have spent months getting to know my students and their needs so that I could pin point what they would need the following years to come. As a SPED teacher I will have my set of students for many years up to 3 in total.
I have noticed materials/supplies that are hits are often reusable, multipurpose, auditory, tactile or and colorful.
Therefore for my first project I have chosen materials we have tested out and have been a hit. Below I will detail how these materials will be used to further nurture my students learning and to help engage my students in their personal IEP goals or the alternative curriculum I teach.
Most of my students are auditory learners. They all seem to learn best via song and each month we have a theme from our alternative curriculum. A computer speaker with nice sound output would help increase engagement in my classroom everyday.
Air Dry Clay, Play Doh & Accessories:
My students are also tactile learners and learn best with tactile activities. Being able to make letters or braille cell dots would reinforce letter and dot recognition in a fun and engaging way.
Large Ink-pad & Washable Dot Markers:
My students love full gripping actives that focus on fine motor skills such stamping to a certain number and stopping. These pads and markers would help them learn how to grip and count with accuracy.
Velcro Adhesive Dots & Strips, Magnetic Tape:
These would be used daily to make tactile ABA patterns, daily tactile schedules, reading sight words in a line, counting shapes and or objects.
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