Help me give my students supplies that will help with their special education accommodations, such as dry-erase clip boards for differentiated instruction and binders and organizational supplies to create communication binders that will go home with students.
I teach roughly eighty inquisitive eighth graders. My role is the special education teacher inside an inclusive general education classroom, which means that some of those students receive special education services, such as accommodations for learning disabilities, support for emotional disabilities, and help managing other health impairments, such as ADHD.
Despite their seeming learning differences, nearly all of my students have shown a real interest in reading and learning, as long as you put something in their hands and help them make it come alive.
My students are empathetic and creative, and they come from varied backgrounds. Some students live in a rural area, while others are in a more suburban area. Some students are "military brats" who have lived all over the world, while others have never lived anywhere outside of their city. Some students come from homes with a higher socioeconomic status, while others come from a home with a lower socioeconomic status. My students come from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. But despite all of our differences, our classroom becomes a welcoming, inclusive learning environment that allows for the success of all students.
My project is designed to benefit the students I will work with on a daily basis, both those with special education needs and those without, both of which will be served in our inclusive general education setting.
My goals are to reach my students where they are by using novel lesson-delivery methods and encouraging an open line of communication with home by creating binders that break down important information for parents.
For instance, the clipboards I chose allow for students to complete work while moving about the classroom or in flexible seating options. The clipboards also have a dry-erase surface, which allows the students to check their comprehension in a novel and low-stakes method, such as a game. Additionally, I have selected several supplies that will be used to create communication folders; many students with disabilities benefit from a strong link between home and school, so I would like to create a method of sharing information, such as progress reports, assignment details, and missing work.
Additionally, I have included general school supplies, as many students come to school without the materials they need, such as pens, pencils, and erasers. I've also included supplies for my classroom, such as colored printing paper for flyers and foldables and disinfectant wipes and tissues because I lovingly refer to my classroom as a "Petri dish of germs," and I want to ensure healthy students who don't miss school because of preventable illnesses.
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