This year, I was given the absolute privilege of becoming a first year teacher in a 12:1:1 kindergarten and 1st grade special education classroom in the Bronx, NY. My students are passionate, enthusiastic, and kind. My classroom consists of 5 and 6 year old students with several different disability classifications. I believe in giving my students every opportunity to be successful in school. It is my hope that I can help them grow an intense love for learning by the time they leave my classroom.
Ignacio Estrada once wrote, "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." Each of my little learners require some extra, differentiated support in order to be successful.
I truly believe that each one of my students will change the world if only they are given the opportunities and resources that they require in order to be successful! I am excited to see what the future has in store for these intelligent and resilient kindergarten and first graders!
Many of the students in my class have trouble sitting through lessons due to unmet sensory needs. For example, one of my students continuously feels the need to run around the room, scream, and throw himself on the floor. When we put a weighted vest on him that we borrowed from a service provider, he was able to sit through the lesson and complete his work!
Many of my students need weighted vests and weighted blankets to help them to calm down or to remain calm throughout the school day.
Having these items in my classroom would be influential in getting my students to meet both their academic and behavioral goals. It is hard to understand how a child may feel when their sensory needs are not met. It was explained to me like this once and I will never forget it: Imagine touching something that you hate the feeling of or hearing something that you hate the sound of. For example, I hate touching flour or some people hate the sound of nails on a chalk board. Students with sensory disorders feel like this constantly. Imagine touching the thing you hate to touch or hearing the sound you hate to hear constantly! These products would alleviate some of their discomfort.
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