Supplies for to Enhance Our Special Education Abilities
Help me give my students fine tip dry erase markers to help with their fine motor skills and lap white boards to use with the markers, color coded binders for organization, age appropriate scissors, and caddy's for storage.
I teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Special Education to an amazing group of learning abled students. I share an average of 25-30 students with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade general education colleagues. My goal is to provide differentiated instruction at each student's learning level. The ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between the level an individual child is currently learning at to that of their respective grade level.
The students in my classroom not only possess average to above-average intelligence but also the determination to push past the learning obstacles that challenge them daily.
My students benefit from a learning environment that provides one on one or small group instruction that focuses on their individual needs. Providing an atmosphere with reduced noise and distractions decreases my students stress allowing them to focus on the learning tasks at hand.
Our school is located in the middle of the largest city in Montana. It is a Title I school that provides additional services to our families that often struggle to find employment and opportunity. In addition to struggling with learning objectives, our students face challenges in their daily lives that no child should ever have to think about.
My students have many different levels of abilities. In addition to learning reading, math, and writing, my students are working on self-help and independence skills. They are currently working on further developing their fine motor and organization skills. We are going to go through the process of setting up and organizing their materials in color coded binders.
Mastering the ability to organize themselves and strengthen their fine motor skills will provide life long benefits.
By gaining independence and initiative, my student's success rate as they transition from elementary school to middle school increases significantly. This transition is daunting for most students. Being prepared is the most effective tool I can provide them with.
When students transition, they have multiple different teachers with differing expectations. Over the years, I have discovered that my students need to work on mastering their ability to write legibly. Now days, most teachers use personal white boards and dry erase markers to have the students participate actively during lessons. Writing clearly on the white boards is difficult for some students. We have currently switched to using fine dry erase markers. The students are excited and motivated by this change and are working hard to write legibly.
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