My students are awesome! All of them have a disability in at least one area. These range from learning disabilities such as reading comprehension, written expression, basic reading to emotional disturbances, autism, mild intellectual disabilities. I even have several students who have some type of visual impairment. My students vary significantly in what current academic functioning level they are. In a single class I have kids who are on a 3rd grade level all the way to a 5th or 6th grade level. All my students are behind at least two grade levels.
I sometimes get asked if I'd rather teach "normal" kids.
My response is always "who wants to be normal?". My kids are normal. They just learn differently. Their brains process in different ways. My job is to figure out how they best learn and make sure to provide opportunities for them to grasp the knowledge.
Everyday is a new day that presents new challenges. There's never a boring day. Teaching these kids is my passion. When I see the light come on and hear them talking passionately about a topic, makes my heart happy!
We use Chromebooks regularly in class. We do a lot with Google Classroom and Google Suite (docs, slides, sites). We also regularly use Flipgrid (a selfie video tool to get kids to start their own discussions). Using the track pads is difficult for them on the Chromebooks. Valuable instructional time is wasted trying to teach every student to use two fingers to scroll, how to highlight text and use two fingers to copy or paste. We want to be analyzing literature and developing a love of reading! These mice will help us on our goal to get every student involved and make technology less of a headache and more fun!
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