My students are an amazing group of 12 unique learners. The class is comprised of 12 varying special needs from Autism to emotional disorders. What is so unique about this class set up is that the class has both 4th and 5th-grade students. It takes a lot of creativity and resources to teach the whole class the content and then work in different groups to teach the appropriate grade level curriculum to the different grades. The students eventually learn to respect and appreciate the learning time needed for each grade and share the learning time.
Some students in the class have fine motor delays which make writing very challenging.
Other students have emotional needs that impact their ability to cope with the demands of academic behaviors, students have learning impairments and have attention and sensory needs, while other students ability to process information requires me to provide step by step directions and lots of visuals to keep track of the information.
What I love most about my students is the glow in their eyes when they arrive at school and know they are loved and we believe in them.
My students will be able to access books beyond their reading text complexity abilities. Several students enjoy to be read to and are unable independently access higher level text complexity books. Having these tablets will allow them to have books of hight interest be read to them while they are in reading groups. My students will be able to have rich discussion about the books they are being exposed to when they have books on tape. Currently some students are shy to show the types of books they can independently read. Books on tape offer them a pathway to communicate their comprehension and love of books.
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